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Schoolboys end vintage year with emphatic win

Stamford Schools unbeaten Rugby XV. Back row, from left, Ben Atkinson, Ethan Moss, Henry Charlton, Alex Keys, Tom Fenyes, Tom Gulland,  George Cox, Angus Collett, Connor Collett, front, James Phillips, Angus Pinner, Tom Williams, Bo Vergalen, Ralph Offer, Dan McFaden, Henry Hives, Kieran Staunton. Archie Toseland not pictured

Stamford Schools unbeaten Rugby XV. Back row, from left, Ben Atkinson, Ethan Moss, Henry Charlton, Alex Keys, Tom Fenyes, Tom Gulland, George Cox, Angus Collett, Connor Collett, front, James Phillips, Angus Pinner, Tom Williams, Bo Vergalen, Ralph Offer, Dan McFaden, Henry Hives, Kieran Staunton. Archie Toseland not pictured

Stamford School First XV brought the curtain down on a vintage unbeaten season with a gruelling four games in ten days.

They defeated Loughborough Grammar and St Albans schools, running in 90 points, before booking a last 16 place in the Daily Mail U18 Cup defeating Bishops Stortford High School. Then, on the final day of the season, they beat Welbeck Ministry of Defence Sixth Form College 25-5 to end the 2012 school season unbeaten.

The home side started well with Kieran Staunton kicking a penalty after good work from Bo Vergalen and Ralph Offer in the midfield.

It appears that nerves started to get the better of the side as dropped balls and mistakes proliferated in a scrappy first half. The second half was a different story however as Stamford upped their game and went through the gears.

Skipper Tom Gulland dotted down before Henry Charlton shot down the blindside to add a second. Tighthead Ethan Moss smashed over from close range and scrum half Angus Pinner was on the end of a great move to seal the victory.

After 16 victories in 16 matches, Gulland said: “The boys have worked hard and played some great rugby.

“We will remember this for a long time.”

Coach David Laventure added: “To go through the season undefeated is a tremendous achievement. I am very proud of them.

“They have worked hard on the training ground and bought into everything we have tried to do- especially in defence where they have only conceded 81 points in 16 games.”

 

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