Stamford Rugby Club enjoy success in the Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire cup competitions
Stamford Rugby Club are celebrating a tremendous double.
The Under 13s won the Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire (NLD) Cup final on Sunday while the Under 15s served up success for the club in the Plate competition.
The Under 13s faced Newark in their final and got off to a cracking start with winger George Davies catching the ball from a superb hanging kick-off from Rupert Brown.
Quick hands then saw the ball passed through the backs to Sam Bull who powered over in the first two minutes.
A textbook tackle and ball turnover then led to forward Noah Durose securing a penalty for Stamford and turning over possession.
The ball was again passed through the backs with an under-pressure Charlie Utting kicking the ball into space which was collected by Bull who scored.
Stamford’s forwards were dominant in the first half, both in the setpiece and open play rucking.
Such play resulted in the third try with winger Davies going over the try line having beaten three defenders, after the ball came out from the forwards and through the backs.
Having set up the first two tries, it was the turn of Utting to put his name on the scoresheet.
With an expert hand-off and eyes always on the try-line, he weaved his way through the Newark defence and ran in try number four before half-time.
Newark had other ideas though and, after their half-time chat, saw them turn up the heat and come back strong.
Newark worked the ball with their forwards up one side of the field, with several phases putting Stamford under pressure, and resulting in two quick well-taken tries.
The pressure was building in a fantastic contest and the Stamford team all pulled together, with the dominant forwards making the hard yards again in the latter part of the game.
Props Barnaby Crosby and Fin Gray drew in the players from Newark to set up a probing run on the right with Lawson Capes, who twisted and turned running aggressively through at least five Newark players tackles.
Newark expertly turned over the ball a few metres from their lines and cleared with a kick.
Full-back Daniel Colangelo-Allen caught the ball, setting up a dominant ruck, from which the ball was kept alive, only for the Stamford player to emerge again onto a sublime inside pass to score a seal the victory with a few minutes remaining.
Stamford Under 15s’ focus on fitness and skills paid off in a relentless plate final match.
The squad has welcomed new and returning players, providing coaches Steve Roberts, Rob Fraser and Mike Parkinson the chance to build a robust game plan, tight when needed with confidence of an open flowing style.
Led by Ballard for early NLD games, injury led the captaincy baton to be placed in Selkin’s sturdy hands with same lead-from-front tackling prowess.
Despite their final opposition’s visible size, forwards including Kennington, Kaberry, Sacks, Aspill, Bradshaw and Howard retained and swept up ball, allowing Stamford to broaden their field of play, liberated by Young and Gilman to release backs with six of nine tries scored by Isaac, Jackson and Parkinson plus three tries from Clifton’s flying pace.
The forward’s agility and swift hand-skills gave three powerful tries from McCarthy (2) and Cox. Selfless team play by players including Pennell and Fraser, allowed team-mates to run-in.
Long range kicks from Jackson followed by safe boots of Drutman sealed 57 points to Market Rasen & Louth’s only forwards score early in the second half.
A cracking result for the under 15s, led by a fabulous set of coaches and with a tight and well drilled squad.
The senior first team will now turn their attention to cup glory on Saturday.
They travel to Market Rasen to face Scunthorpe in the final of the Lincolnshire Cup. The match kicks-off at 3.30pm.