Champions! Stamford cruise to the title

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Stamford are champions of the Midlands 3 East (South) division, sealing the title with a 38-12 victory against Daventry.

After a sluggish opening half on Saturday, Stamford turned the screw in the second 40, maintaining their 100 percent home record in style.

Stamford RFC v Daventry. Stamford celebrate winning the league.'Photo: MSMP130413-057ow

Stamford RFC v Daventry. Stamford celebrate winning the league.'Photo: MSMP130413-057ow

Playing up the slope and into a strong wind in the first half, Stamford still led 15-12 at the turnaround thanks to tries from Tom Lindley, Austin Schwarz and Chris Fletcher.

Once they had the wind and gradient behind them, Stamford were unplayable, putting on a display of quick, free-flowing rugby to delight their supporters.

Fletcher and Schwarz both crossed over for second tries and Mark Taylor rounded the day off with Stamford’s final try.

Coach David Laventure said: “The guys deserve to be very proud and are worthy league champions. They have continued to play fast, attractive rugby that their opponents struggled to cope with - the seconds also had a cracking season.

“Next year will be tough but the planning has started already.”

Skipper Matt Albinson added: “Our second half performance was the one we would have liked to put out for 80 minutes

“We scored a couple of exceptionally good tries in the second half.

He less impressed by the two push-over tries conceded in the first period, saying: “They came at us early on and we were not as disciplined as we wanted to be.

“But we would always back ourselves downhill to come from behind so at 15-12 up we had faith in ourselves.”

Stamford play Deeping away in their final game on Saturday and Albinson is determined to see his side move past the 100 point mark.

He said: “We have been unbeaten at home all year in the league and if we beat Deeping it will be the second time in three years that we have scored more than 100 points.”

Kick off at Deeping, who lost 31-11 at Northampton Casuals last Saturday, is at 3pm.

Stamford: James Green, Cathal McHugh, Matt Helstrip, Dave Bushrod (Jake Wilkins), James Ragg, Cam Park (Tom Gulland), Tom Wire (Joe Allen), Bruce Parker, Robbie Smith, Matt Albinson, Chris Fletcher, Austin Schwarz, Mark Taylor, Daniel McFadden, Tom Lindley.