Stamford School are simply unbeatable
Stamford School First XV brought the curtain down on a vintage season with a gruelling four games in ten days. They defeated Loughborough Grammar School and St Albans School running in 90 points, before booking a last sixteen place in the Daily Mail under 18 Cup defeating Bishops Stortford High School.
The final afternoon of the season saw them host Welbeck Ministry of Defence Sixth Form College with a win leaving them unbeaten for the 2012 season. The home side started well and Kieran Staunton fired over a penalty after good work from Bo Vergalen and Ralph Offer in the midfield. It would appear the nerves started to get the better of the side as dropped balls and mistakes proliferated in a scrappy and “foggy” first half. The second half was a different story as Stamford upped their game and went through the gears. Skipper Tom Gulland dotted down before Henry Charlton shot down the blindside to add a second. Tighthead Ethan Moss smashed over from close range and scrum half Angus Pinner was on the end of a great move to seal the victory.
This brings down the curtain on an unbeaten season for the First XV of 2012 who can look back on 16 victories from 16 matches. Captain Tom Gulland was ecstatic: “We are all very pleased; the boys have worked hard and played some great rugby. We will remember this for a long time!”
Coach David Laventure was full of praise for his troops: “This is a tough fixture list with lots of top schools. To go through the season undefeated is a tremendous achievement for this group of players. I am very proud of them. They have worked hard on the training ground and bought into everything we have tried to do- especially in defence where they have only conceded 81 points in 16 Games. I hope they can pop their feet up now and enjoy a well-earned break!”
Principal of the Stamford Endowed Schools, Stephen Roberts, said: "There has been a great deal of success throughout the term and pride of place in the extra-curricular life of the Schools must go to the 1st XV rugby team which completed an unbeaten season in their school fixtures. This is the first time this has occurred and their season includes the notable scalps of Oundle, Uppingham and Oakham. In addition to their massive success in school fixtures the team is through to the last 16 of the Daily Mail Cup with the next round after Christmas and were runners up in the Plate Competition of the prestigious St Joseph’s Festival.
Congratulations must go to all the players who played attractive and disciplined rugby and to their coaches David Laventure and David Jackson. However, it was not only the 1st XV which has had an outstanding season. The 2nd and 3rd XVs which have only lost 3 games between them and the U12 B team were also unbeaten so well done to all our rugby players this term."