Tigers crowned champions

Stamford RFC U10
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Stamford RFC U15 20

Nottingham U15 0

STAMFORD set off at a terrific tempo in Saturday’s NLD Cup tie, determined to beat Nottingham Boots Corsairs for the first time and their efforts were rewarded with a 20-0 victory.

It was clear from the first whistle that Stamford really wanted the win. Their forwards arriving at the breakdown in numbers, they repeatedly won possession and they used the wind to great advantage pinning Nottingham back into their own half.

Even with Nottingham having the bulk of the possession in the first half, the visitors could not gain territory to put Stamford under any pressure.

Stamford’s breakthrough came when Kris Howe drove over under the posts from a five metre scrum. George Cox redeemed the conversion miss with a superb 40m penalty kick a few minutes later, and Stamford led 8-0 at the interval.

With no wind advantage in the second half, territorially, the game levelled up a little. But constant Stamford defensive pressure, excellent rucking, assured field kicking and a competitive lineout denied Nottingham any attacking opportunities.

Stamford continued to threaten and scrum half Tom Davies found a hole in Nottingham’s defence to break through to allow man-of-the-match Howe score his second under the posts. This time Cox converted.

The game was put beyond Nottingham when Oliver Winspear drove over from a pick-and--go after a strong run up the wing by Luke Ford.

Nottingham have been a benchmark for Stamford over the years and their fixtures have always been competitive encounters with Nottingham usually having the edge, making this a terrific result for Stamford which was deserved for an outstanding team performance.

Stamford squad: Callum Norris, George Cox, Kieran Hynes, Ryan Fincham, Tom Davies, Ollie Winspear, Jordan Baxter, Tom Whattoff, James Stables, Jonathan Smith, Andy Marshall, Kris Howe, Luke Ford, Elliott Moss, Matt Baynham, Giuseppe Cocozza, Dan Sproul, Declan Liddle, Sam Duncan, Declan Spaine and Luke Bagley

Stamford RFC U10

STAMFORD RFC U10s have been crowned Lincolnshire County Champions.

Stamford entered three Teams, the Tigers, Lions and Panthers, in the inaugural Lincolnshire County Championship held at Kesteven Rugby Club on Sunday. A total of 38 boys represented the club in the U10 squad and the event doubled up as the Lincolnshire qualifying event for the 2012 Notts, Lincs and Derbys (NLD) Finals Day.

The boys produced some outstanding rugby with the Tigers and Lions both qualifying for the 2012 NLD Cup and the Panthers qualifying for the NLD Plate. The Tigers were also crowned Lincolnshire County Champions.

Tigers

AFTER a disappointing performance the week before in the Leicester Tigers Prima Cup, the first target was NLD qualification, and in order to do this they needed to win their group.

Convincing victories over Sleaford and Lincoln with tries from Joey Evison, Harry Tidswell and Charlie Titcombe saw this achieved with ease.

The four group winners then proceeded to compete for the title of Lincolnshire Champions and the Tigers were paired with old foes Spalding in the semi-final.

Outstanding, aggressive forward play from the three-man pack of Tristan Small, Callum Robertson and Harrison Sheppard supplied Stamford’s clinical backs with enough ball to complete a 10-0 victory.

The final against Scunthorpe was expected to be a stern test for the boys but they blew away the Scunthorpe side.

Scunthorpe’s dangerous and pacey back-line were given no room to play, such was the ferocity of Stamford’s tackling from all quarters.

Tries from Evison, Angus Heading and Titcombe saw Scunthorpe defeated 15-0, and Stamford were deservedly crowned champions of Lincolnshire without conceding a single try.

The Lions

THE Lions unleashed themselves after an uncertain 0-0 draw against Deeping.

After a quiet opener they romped home 4-0 against Spalding B with the scrum of Bryson Riches, Oliver Ramsay, Will Larter and Hal York-Forward dominating. The latter scored twice with other tries from James Fincham and Tom Hill.

Tom Hill added twice more to his tally against Kesteven A where the dependable backs of Sasha B-P, Luke Tooth, James Everitt and Sam Jordan held on to ensure a 2-1 win.

Caius Hedley, Eddie Harper, Elliott Leigh and the rest of the squad played the final two games against Spalding A and Scunthorpe only to lose 2-0 and 3-0 but not without a battle. Lions are still ensured a place in the NLD Cup.

The Panthers

THE inaugural outing for the Stamford U10s Panthers side proved to be a massive success with 13 eager players looking to leave their mark on the NLD qualifier competition.

The team was captained by Hugh Dalrymple who was backed by outstanding performances by Joe Martin, Alexander Large, Ewan Norris and Alfie Richardson.

The Panthers came across some tough competition and took a couple of games to get into full stride, but when they did start to click as a team they really showed great promise and enthusiasm.

The Panthers went on to qualify for the NLD finals to be held in 2012 with exceptional debut performances from Jordan Collis and Patrick Delaney and a stunning improvement from James Holroyd.

Oakham RFC U10

HEAD coach Ben Hunt hailed a “complete performance” by his Oakham U10s after booking their place at Leicester Tigers’ Welford Road ground for the quarter-finals of the Prima Tiger Cup.

Oakham, whose U11s won last year’s competition, won all four games at Sunday’s regional festival, which was held at Lutterworth.

They scored 15 tries and conceded none in victories over Leicester Forest, Oadby Wyggstonian, Market Bosworth and Market Harborough, and they will run out at the home of the Tigers for the quarter-finals, which will be played before Leicester’s Heineken Cup clash with French league leaders Clermont Auvergne on December 17.

“The boys were fantastic,” said Hunt. “They were switched on right from the start. It was the most complete performance we have had out of them in the four years they have been playing.

“They were very motivated by the idea of playing at Welford Road. I think there is a definite desire to maintain the winning run. The U11s, who won the cup last year, is a super team and we are spurred on by trying to match their achievement.

“We are all thrilled to be playing at Welford Road and we are thrilled the boys came out on a really big day and performed and really enjoyed themselves.”

Tigers and England back Mathew Tait visited the festival to run the rule over the teams, sign autographs and pose for photographs.

Oakham were joined in the last eight by Syston and 2010 winners, Silhillians from Solihull. The full line-up will be confirmed over the next two weekends.