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Stamford defeat Vipers in Midlands 2 East (South) match



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Stamford moved up into fourth place in Midlands 2 East (South) following a 33-18 home victory over Vipers on Saturday.

They showed good intentions from the start against the larger team from Leicester by moving the ball around the pitch.

A quick recycle allowed Ian Downer to break through and this move was carried on and when, presented with an opportunity from five metres out, George Nairn scored the first try with Downer adding the conversion to give Town an early 7-0 lead.

Action from Stamford’s home victory on Saturday.
Action from Stamford’s home victory on Saturday.

Vipers replied by using their heavy forwards to try and drive their way through in a tactic they repeated throughout the game.

Lewis Nettleton stole possession though to release Tristian Small but a Vipers player killed the ball at the ruck and was shown a yellow card for a 10 minute break.

The game settled into a pattern of the big Leicester forwards trying to rumble through faster Stamford defenders but eventually bulk paid off and they scored a close range try.

Action from Stamford’s home victory on Saturday.
Action from Stamford’s home victory on Saturday.

Town replied by playing to their own strengths and Downer kicked a long ball which was followed up by Toby Anderson for a try which was again converted,

There followed a messy period of play which was affected by the strong wind where neither team could gain any real control.

Vipers launched another pick-and-drive attack which resulted in a penalty kick to take the half-time score to 14-8.

Stamford seemed to energise themselves for the second half by playing at a faster pace.

After watching the big Vipers forwards trying to crash their way over, there was a moment of serendipity when Austin Baker, the smallest forward on the pitch, dived over for a try to extend their lead.

Town kept up the momentum and another good handling move saw Downer glide through the visitors defence to score under the post for the fourth and bonus point try. He completed the conversion to move the score to 26-8.

Action from Stamford’s home victory on Saturday.
Action from Stamford’s home victory on Saturday.

Vipers now reverted to what they knew best by kicking for position and then their forwards using the pick-and-drive routine to move slowly towards the line.

Eventually from one such move they made it and scored their second try to make the score 26-13.

Stamford were trying to play in open space rather than a mauling game and, when a good attacking move started by Nairn was stopped illegally, they took a quick tap penalty.

Action from Stamford’s home victory on Saturday.
Action from Stamford’s home victory on Saturday.

However, this was knocked down by a defender not retreating which moved the penalty 10 metres upfield and resulted in another yellow card for Vipers.

Town went quickly and put Anderson over for his second try, converted by Downer to move the score on to 33-13.

The visitors’ kick off was long and they set up camp in the Stamford 22 with another multi-phase pick-and-drive routine which eventually led to their third try.

Stamford closed out the game though by kicking wide, making the Vipers defenders turn backwards and also a strong defensive line to prevent any further score in a bonus point win for the hosts.

They travel to Bugbrooke this weekend before the final game ahead of the Christmas break when they host Leicester Forest on December 18.



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