First XV maintain unbeaten run against top opposition
Stamford School hosted Warwick School First XV in what was always going to be a tough examination of their credentials. Warwick are one of the top schools in the region and had been performing well this season having only lost matches to Millfield and Whitgift School. The game started at a frantic pace with two evenly matched sides trying to keep the ball from each other. It was Stamford who started to make territory after great carrying from Archie Toseland, Ethan Moss and Angus Collett. Tom Williams marshalled things well from ten and a great break from Bo Vergalen helped Stamford into the 22 and up to the line. A great decision from Angus Pinner to move the ball down the shirt side paid dividends as winger ben Atkinson crashed over in the corner.
After half time it was Warwick who started the stronger and a not so great decision from scrum half Pinner saw him go to the bin. Stamford produced 10 minutes of great defending, especially through Connor Collett, Tom Fenyes and Henry Charlton but just as the clock ticked past 20 minutes to go the visitors touched down in the corner from short range.
Stamford responded brilliantly. Again it was Williams to first put Toseland through a gap and then allowed full back Lovell to get into the wider channels. Seconds later, skipper Tom Gulland rounded the full back to go under the posts. Kieran Staunton converted. Stamford started to gain the upper hand in the tackle and pressure started to lead to penalties. Stamford were denied a score in the corner but following another penalty, Staunton was able to pop a long range effort over to take the home side to 15-5.
Warwick threw everything at Stamford but they held firm, much to the delight of the Skipper Tom Gulland: “That was a great game and one we were desperate to win. I am proud of the way the boys came back and fought for each other.” Stamford now meet Oakham First XV at Stamford School this Saturday.