Stamford Vets forwards dominate to set-up victory

Centre Nick Maunder breaks the gain line for Stamford Rugby Veterans EMN-161002-165239001
Centre Nick Maunder breaks the gain line for Stamford Rugby Veterans EMN-161002-165239001
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Stamford Rugby Veterans put in a fantastic performance at Empingham Road on Saturday to beat Peterborough Juggers 62-0.

Winning the toss, Peterborough opted to play into the wind and up hill in the first half, hoping that they would be able to hold firm for 40 minutes.

However Stamford crossed within the first five minutes, when fullback Bryan Lonslow gathered and fed centre Andy Kendal to dot down between the posts, converted by Steve Roberts.

From the restart the forwards made headway before releasing the backs again, this time skipper Roberts darting blind and popping back inside to stand off Stewart Andrews to secure seven points.

Off the back of a dominant scrum, the home forwards made good yards and Jake Wilkins, brought down short of line, reach over the white wash to score a fantastic team try.

A determined Juggers back line tried to breach Stamford’s gain line again and again but Stamford’s dogged defence denied the visitors and eventually a turnover lead to winger Peter Gilman coasting in and scoring in the corner, on the back of another cheeky blindside pass from Roberts.

The final points of the first half were awarded to fullback Bryan Lonslow, joining the backs line to create an overlap, with centre Nick Maunder providing the assist.

The Juggers now struggled to contain the Stamford scrum, even on their own ball and their superiority led to a quick ball releasing winger Justin Howells for the next try.

Maunder set up the score that followed, breaking the gain line once again, before gifting Craig Durrant in support.

Howells then crossed for his brace after some fine defensive work.

The final score of the match came fittingly from another phenomenal effort from Stamford Rugby’s forwards, denying Peterborough at their own line out, setting Mutter on the rampage again, before feeding, Russell Morley, to touch down.