Seven wins on the bounce for Town youngsters
Stamford Under 15s started the new year with another hard-fought 22-14 win in the NLD Cup against a very strong and skilful Melbourne side.
They bucked their usual slow start by setting off brightly and scoring a try after seven minutes from fleet-footed winger Angus Bowling.
Starting with a scrum 15 metres from the Melbourne line, the Stamford backs quickly ensured the ball was passed down the wing to Bowling who used his power and guile to make his way to, and over, the visitors’ try line.
Melbourne then set about putting their mark on the game and constant pressure within the Stamford half produced an exceptional try from their winger who managed to evade the pursing home defenders and place the ball down between the posts. With a converted try Melbourne found themselves in front.
Stamford, looking to make it seven wins on the bounce, were jolted in to action and began to put constant pressure on the Melbourne defence until inevitably the try came from Aaron Misimisi.
Misimisi, never the one to make things easy for himself, took hold of the ball on the opponents 10 metre line and proceeded to run the long way to the try line around the opposition backs and placed the ball down in the corner as Stamford went in to half-time with a slender 10-7 lead.
The second half started off as it was to continue with both teams evenly matched in all aspects of play.
Stamford were the first to get on the scoresheet in the second half when the tall and powerful Will Ramsey was passed the ball from the scrum 25 metres out and proceeded to run straight towards and over the try line brushing aside all opposition that managed to get in his way. Ramsey's try was converted by Tom Chesworth.
In the last 15 minutes of the match it was still all to play for with both teams hungry for the try line and the spoils of victory.
Stamford broke the deadlock when scrum half Liam McManus took the ball from a scrum 10 metres out and managed to snipe his way forward and over the line to score what was the hosts’ final points of the match.
Melbourne, with a 'never give up' attitude, continued to pressurise the Stamford line and were rewarded with a late try to make the final score 22-14 to the home team.
It was an excellent display of rugby from both teams with plenty of outstanding performances from both sets of players most notably from Stamford's Chesworth whose fly half display with quick thinking and precise passing from hand went a long way to ensure the hard-earned victory.
Stamford are at home again on Sunday when they face Derby in the last round of the NLD Cup, kick off is 11am.
Stamford: Rambaldi, Tank, Stokes, Johnson, Needham, Birbeck, Misimisi, Wells, McManus, Chesworth (capt), Ramsey, Packer, Atkin, Johnstone, Criddle, Boorman, Bowling, Shaw, Wilson.