Stamford School First XV remain unbeaten
History beckons for this years’ Stamford School first XV as they take another step forward to completing an unbeaten season. They produced a high quality display at St Albans School running in 8 unanswered tries.
It did not take Stamford long to gain the advantage against St Albans. The forwards carried well and it was Ethan Moss who was able to plough down the short side and dot down to kick things off. Minutes later hooker James Phillips scored the first of two as a series of drives allowed him to dive over from close range. St Albans answered immediately with a penalty but ultimately that would be the end of their challenge as Stamford picked up the pace and started to play with greater width.
Captain Tom Gulland benefitted from great work from Ben Atkinson and Ralph Offer to go over at the half time whistle. The second half saw the visitors able to vary their attack after dominance in the set piece. James Phillips scooted over for his second, before Angus Pinner and winger Atkinson dotted down after great periods of team play. Kieran Staunton showed great pace to score from a well worked set piece move. A great counter attack from Ben Lovell allowed Tom Williams to push the ball wide before Tom Fenyes crashed over after a clever little move down the blindside from prop Moss. Staunton converted to take the score to 44-3.
This was their 13th win from 13 games so with only two matches to go, they are now in a position to consider whether they can complete an unbeaten season.
Coach David Laventure said: “The boys have worked really hard to get themselves into this position. They have taken everything one game at a time and that’s how they will finish the season. We have a tough away trip on Saturday at Loughborough and then we face Welbeck College on Tuesday at home. We are just focussing on Loughborough for now.”