School XV on track to be the ‘best ever’

Action from Stamford School rugby team's victory against Loughborough
Action from Stamford School rugby team's victory against Loughborough
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STAMFORD School 1st XV saved their best until last and kept their unbeaten home record intact with an emphatic 63-3 win over Loughborough Grammar School on Saturday.

Following on from the previous week’s 41-13 victory against St Albans, they produced the complete team performance to run in nine tries.

The defence, led by Lewis Nettleton and Tom Wire, was almost faultless. They strangled their opposition through great patience and organisation and rarely looked like conceding.

Early dominance at the set piece and clever running lines created tries for Justin Bland, Owen Smith, Tom Pritchard and Louis Grimoldby as they stretched Loughborough across the width of the park.

Will Bacon combined superbly with Joe Nolan to provide a great platform from the line out. Captain Grimoldby controlled the pace and width of the game, and great support from Ethan Moss and Harry Treanor kept Stamford going forward.

Winger Justin Bland powered over in the corner from a blindside move and Angus Green smashed over from a clever move from a driving line out.

Lock Tom Wire picked up two tries on the end of some slick handling and with the clock running down Grimoldby launched a cross-field kick over the posts, which was collected brilliantly by Charlie Page-Morris in the corner to take the score past 60.

Stamford captain Grimoldy said: “It was a really enjoyable game to play in. The boys wanted to end the season in style and we did just that.” 

This was their 12th win in 14 games, with the standout performances against Oakham, Uppingham and Oundle.

First team coach David Laventure said: “The boys have shown real character throughout the season and played some exceptional rugby.

“They have a brilliant record and have gone toe-to-toe with some of the best schools nationally and come out on top. I will have to do some digging in the archives, but this could be the most successful 1st XV ever at the school.”