Despite having played infrequently this season and many new faces in the side Stamford RUFC Second XV beat Heathens 77-7 at Empingham Road on Saturday.
The game started very well for Stamford, playing with the wind and the hill in the first half, they employed their youth and pace in the backline to exploit the gaps in the Heathens’ defence, running in some excellent team tries early on. This set the tone for the whole game with Stamford ending up run away victors.
Platforms built by some solid forward phases allowed Stamford to go wide early and sent Max Andrews away, dancing around the Heathens defence and running in a brace of exceptional solo tries. The 31 – 0 scoreline at half time did not flatter Stamford in the slightest.
Unfortunately for the Heathens, it was more of the same in the second half from the home side and the fitness of this youthful Stamford side really grasped the game.
Three of the new faces in the side were 17 year old Colts, Kieran Hynes, Angus Collett and Jack Jones. All three had fantastic games and were a credit to the youth set up at the club and Stamford School.
Hynes picked up a hat-trick of tries on his debut.
Despite the scoreline, it wasn’t all one way traffic. In the second half and for sustained periods, Stamford had to hold off some determined running from a spirited Heathens side. Stamford would have liked to have kept a clean sheet, but persistence and endeavour, despite the ever increasing try count from Stamford, would eventually see Heathens crash over the line from an attacking lineout.
Stamford added a further 46 points to their first half tally, bringing the final score to 77 – 7.
Try scorers: Max Andrews (4), Kieran Hynes (3), Nick Maunder (1), Dan Murphy (1), Toby Lindley (1), Phillip Boyer (1), Toby Wilkinson (1), Chris Kaye (1).
Call captain Nick McDowall if you would like to play for Stamford on 07921916248.