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Player of the year Johnson crowns convincing victory with final try




Stamford Rugby Under 15s finished their season on a high with an emphatic 27-0 home win over Rushden & Higham on Saturday.

However, it was not all one-way traffic for the home team as Rushden at times displayed well thought out back moves and their pack were an equal to Stamford's brawny forwards.

It was, however, not to be the visitors day as Stamford made a quick dent to the scoreboard when Tank Howard was delivered the ball from a penalty quickly taken by Angus Bowling 10 metres out from the Rushden try line.

Stamford Rugby Under 15s finished their season on a high with an emphatic 27-0 home win over Rushden & Higham. Photo: Darren Dolby (9815724)
Stamford Rugby Under 15s finished their season on a high with an emphatic 27-0 home win over Rushden & Higham. Photo: Darren Dolby (9815724)

In typical style Howard, with ball in hand, charged towards the visitors try line and before a defensive line could be formed to stop him, was over the line and Stamford were five points up.

Stamford's second try came from the sprightly Mark Wilson who was delivered the ball from the line and avoiding a number of challenges to score in the corner for a 10-0 half-time lead.

Stamford started the second half as bright as they finished the first with another quick try emanating from the backs.

Fly-half Liam McManus delivered a pinpoint pass to the fleet footed Theo Briston who evaded the charging Rushden defensive line to touch down over the line to put Stamford 15-0 in the lead.

Stamford's dominance of the game then started to increase with Rushden only making fleeting visits to the home team's half.

The visitors went further behind when the ever-commanding figure of Aaron Misimisi charged towards the line from the halfway line, side-stepping two defenders and placing the ball between the posts. The try was duly converted by McManus.

Stamford's final try of the season came courtesy of their player of the year Will Johnson who made the final score 27-0.

Stamford: Howard, Rambaldi, Johnson, Boorman, Birbeck, Misimisi, Wells, Bowling, McManus, Ramsey, Shaw, Wilson, Cardew, Griffin, Briston.



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