Stamford College Old Boys 45 Vauxhall Motors 0
STAMFORD College Old Boys missed out on a deserved bonus point when their mid-table clash against Vauxhall Motors was re-arranged as a friendly as Vauxhall couldn’t raise a competitive front row.
College ran in a clutch of seven tries and only had to defend on their line once with Vauxhall looking to bridge the last point of defence, in what was a good 80 minutes for the Stamford team.
But for league purposes, College were only awarded an 8-0 win in the Midlands League’s 4 East (North) division.
College raced out as early pace setters with the forwards all in tune against a weaker pack.
They were able to probe around the early contact areas with options coming for the second phase with Alan Batty and Carl Walker running the angles to tie in the covering tacklers.
This allowed the backs to punch holes through the tight running of Jak Garner and Paul Wright.
Dan Griffin got the first of his three tries when he managed to pick and go from five yards and squirm under the tackler to score against the post.
This was quickly followed up when further quick ball pushed College onto the Vauxhall line for Steve Briggs to smash into the last defender before releasing Carl Walker to finish the job.
The third try of the half came when Garner’s running took him close to the line where the support play of Alan Batty and Steve Briggs took him crashing over.
In the second half, the College boys found another gear and imposed their authority in the loose with great support running and impressive rucking. This allowed College to release the ball to the swift three quarter line and make good territory.
Cunningham made the visitors pay for lazy play and infringements, kicking for the corners and from one resulting lineout John Hickman pulled the ball over the line when the rest of the team didn’t think he had a chance.
Captain Carl Walker got his second of the day by taking a quick tap from James Tindall off the top of the lineout which caught the opposition unaware before evading the last tackler.
The final two tries were both scored by Griffin as he steered the rolling maul over and picked and then broke blind from an attacking 5 metre scrum.
Vauxhall were cavalier in their attitude to the game and were still trying just as hard at the final whistle as they had been at the start.
College look to continue their improved recent form tomorrow, when they travel to Wellingborough, who sit two points behind College after a big defeat against Stamford Town on Saturday.
Man of the Match Dan Griffin.