Stewarts & Lloyds 24 Stamford 43
STAMFORD put in an excellent display of running rugby to beat a strong S&L side at Corby on Saturday.
The Corby side had enjoyed a good winning streak of their own which included the scalp of the league leaders a week earlier but they were no match for a Stamford side that scored 43 points.
S&L chose to play uphill and into the wind for the first half, a clear statement of intent for the second half and they got off to a flying start.
Stamford kicked off and the ball was fumbled by the opposition. A standard back row move from the resulting scrum put Justin Bland into space and he scored in the corner after breaking some weak tackles. The try was unconverted.
Using their strong forwards to good effect, S&L worked their way up the pitch to set up camp in the Stamford 22. After a series of phases Stamford gave away a penalty and the opposition gladly took the points.
Good defensive pressure following the restart forced a fumble by S&L and from the resulting scrum some good phases were put together to allow Tom Gulland to gallop over for his debut senior try. Tom Lindley converted the try.
The next 10 minutes belonged to S&L as they tried to get back into the game but strong defence kept them out, repelling wave after wave of attack. A foray into the opposition half forced a penalty and Stamford duly took the three points on offer.
From this point onwards the rest of the half belonged to Stamford as they started to run great lines in midfield. From one such move Mark Taylor broke the line and drew the final defender before putting the ever present Jack Eifion-Jones away for a converted try.
More pressure followed and great interplay between Robbie Smith and Adam Rimmer allowed Rimmer to score under the posts and Stamford before the break.
The second half started with S&L determined to make use of the wind and slope. They were soon in the Stamford 22 but good defensive pressure turned the ball over leaving Eifon-Jones to run in from 60m.
Not to be disheartened by this, S&L scored three converted tries using their strong forwards and the elements to good effect. But interspersed in this was great attacking play from Stamford, who exploited defensive lapses to gain ground and territory.
In the last ten minutes the fitness of the Stamford team made the difference and wave after wave of attack was rewarded with the best try of the game. Numerous offloads and unselfish play set up a simple finish for Mark Taylor for a converted try.
Stamford: Julian Criddle, Angus Green, Oli Story, Bruce Parker, Luke Cripps, Tom Gulland, Jack Eifion-Jones, Adam Rimmer, Robbie Smith, Matt Albinson, Justin Bland, Tom Lindley, Mark Taylor, Richard Thompson, Laurent Ross, Dan Griffin, Patrick Chuter , James Green.
l STAMFORD RFC 2nd XV earned am impressive home win against Boston 2nd XV in their Lincoln shire Merit League Game at Empingham Road on Saturday.
A brace of try’s from both Dave Bushrod and Pete Gilman gave inspired a 53-17 victory over a determined Boston side aided by a number of Stamford players.
Further tries were scored by Dan Murphy, Wiggy, Nick McDowell, Ali Hands and Russ Harris, who also landed four conversions.
Stand-in captain Andrew Morris: “It’s like watching New Zealand…but better.”