STAMFORD RFC U12s brought their mini-rugby careers to a fitting conclusion with a convincing victory over Lincoln on Sunday.
The home side faced a 20-strong Lincoln squad for their first game on a full-sized pitch and an introduction to the junior game.
Despite only having one replacement, Stamford were undaunted and started with some strong attacking play.
Ed Cox broke the deadlock in the 12th minute with a chip-and-chase over the heads of the Lincoln defence. This was perfectly converted by Jack Batty.
Lincoln were quick to respond with an interception try that left the game wide open 7-5 at half time.
The second half started with another Cox try, this time with a crash ball across the line. But Lincoln responded in kind, sustaining the tension on the touch line.
After some precision handling in the back line the ball was delivered to winger Harry Ayton who scored Stamford’s third try in the corner, which was followed by a spectacular long kick from the touchline by Zach Treweek that fell agonisingly just below the bar leaving the score 17-10.
Stamford heads were resolute for the last few minutes and after some persistent attack in the opposition’s half the win was finally secured when George Chandler seized the ball and carried over the try line to finish the game 22-10.
This was an outstanding team performance that should inspire great success in junior rugby next season as U13s.
STAMFORD U15s’ final home fixture of the season was also against Lincoln.
Despite a positive start by Stamford, pinning Lincoln back into their own half for the first ten minutes, it was Lincoln that opened the scoring with a converted try.
Good forward pressure by Stamford resulted in a drive over try, scored by Angus Collett and the first half finished a nail-biting 7– 5 to Lincoln.
Mark Sclanders capitalised on an excellent run by Andy Marshall to score his first try for Stamford and edge his team into the lead. Lincoln countered by running from deep with pace to score three tries and effectively put the game beyond Stamford. Despite a late Kieran Hynes effort, the game finished 15 – 24 to Lincoln.
Stamford squad: Jordon Baxter, Matt Baynham, Giuseppe Cocozza, Angus Collett, Declan Spaine, Tom Davies, Ryan Fincham, Mark Sclander, Kris Howe, Kieran Hynes, Andrew Marshall, Kieran Milner, Elliot Moss, Callum Norris, Declan Liddle, Sam Duncan, Rory Pears, Luke Ford, Tom Whattoff, Oliver Winspear, Joey Savaglia, Dan Sproul, Dan Whadcock, Oliver Sherwin, Lui Carrasco and Jack Jones.
STAMFORD U11s travelled to the home of local rivals Oakham to take part in the national Land Rover cup competition.
This invitational tournament featured 16 sides from various parts of the country competing for a chance to parade at Twickenham during the Premiership final.
Stamford were drawn against Jersey, Loughborough and Lutterworth in the pool games. The first game against Jersey was the game of the pool, with flowing end-to-end rugby. But superb defending from both teams left the game scoreless at half time.
The second half was similar but Jersey scored two breakaway tries, resulting in a 2–0 loss for Stamford.
Next up for Stamford were Loughborough, and Stamford put their marker down, scoring five unanswered tries.
The last game was against Lutterworth and again Stamford were in fine form, scoring six unanswered tries in a one-sided affair.
However, the loss in the opening game cost Stamford their chances of progressing beyond the pool stage.
Stamford now move on to their last game of the season at U11 as they travel to Minehead to play in the Leicester Tigers Challenge Tour. Stamford’s coaches thanked the players and the parents for their support throughout the season.
Stamford: Cristian Cocozza, Josh Walker-Smith, Alex Kroese, Luke Hills, Ciaran Hughes, Ryan Jones, Lucas Carlton, Chester Hooper, Archie Offer, Charlie Kidd, Max Lindley, Alex Troth, Toby Dunn, Archie Hill, Angus Vincent, Angus Foottit.