RUGBY: Stamford off to a cracking start

Action from Stamford School's victory against Oundle School
Action from Stamford School's victory against Oundle School

STAMFORD School’s Rugby First XV have got their season off to a cracking start with back to back wins.

Following an away win at Bedford Modern School last week, they beat Oundle School in their first home game of the season a few days later.

They started brightly and mounted wave after wave of attack, and did everything except take points in the early stages of the game, finding themselves 5-0 down after the visitors drove over from close range.

Great work from Connor Collett and Henry Charlton at the breakdown got Stamford back into the contest and following a series of drives and off-loads, hooker James Phillips was able to dive over in the corner.

However, Oundle stormed back and scored again from short range just at half time.

The pace and intensity picked up in the second half and it was Stamford who attacked early with captain Tom Gulland sprinting clear to tie things up at 10 all

As a large home crowd started to roar Stamford on, their defence forced Oundle into mistakes.

Ethan Moss and Alex Keys led the pack brilliantly and full back Kieran Staunton finally found his kicking boots to pop over two short range penalties.

It was a nervous final 10 minutes but Stamford had done enough to come away with a 16-10 victory.

First XV coach David Laventure was impressed with his charges and said: “They showed great character today.

“Oundle always present a fantastic challenge which the boys love to rise to. It was intense, physical and both sides were under enormous pressure - a good old fashioned schoolboy clash.”

Stamford enjoyed a great day with victories also for the 2nd XV, 3rd XV, 16A, 15A and 15B sides.