Stamford School First XV complete perfect season
In defeating Loughborough Grammar School last Saturday, Stamford School First XV claimed their 14th win from 14 games thus bringing the curtain down on an unbeaten season in 2014.
The previous week Stamford won 73-7 away at St Albans, and in the first 15 minutes at Loughborough they played with the same speed, pace and physicality.
The forwards laid a very solid platform at set piece led by Henry Mawhood, George Cox and fly half Henry Hives controlled the tempo from the off.
Hooker Josh Allen crashed over from a series of drives and minutes later great handling from Harry Lovell and Callum Corbett saw winger Tom Roper dance through to the corner. Roper added his second and starting the second half Stamford looked comfortable after a second conversion from Callum Crellin took the score to 19-0.
Loughborough threw everything at the visitors after the interval, which served as a great wake up call for Stamford who defended very well with Henry Wills and Isaac Troughton working tirelessly over the ball.
The Stamford pace started to hurt the home side and Jack Jones bulldozed over taking the score to 26.
A late consolation interception for LGS ended the contest. This match also doubled up as the NatWest National Cup round five encounter so Stamford progress to the last 32.
Captain Charlie Dunbar was proud: “It has been a fantastic season for the guys who, despite a large number of injuries, have continued to strive for success.
“We were unbeaten in 2012 and lost just the one last year so we were determined not to let that happen again.”
As well as success on the field this term, the team have also won the prestigious “Rugby World Magazine Team of the Month” competition and a number of the boys have gained representative recognition. Charlie Dunbar represented England Schools, George Cox has made the England 18s squad and Tom Roper has made the Holland 18s squad. Charlie and George have been playing for Northampton and flanker Henry Wills for the Leicester Tigers.
Henry Mawhood, Oli Davidson and Sam Butler played for NLD, Callum Crellin for Leicestershire. Callum Corbett has played with Scottish Exiles and Josh Allen and Henry Hives have made the Midlands Lambs Independent Schools Barbarians squad.
Director of Rugby, David Laventure, was full of praise for the side; “They deserve a huge amount of credit for this achievement. They have worked very hard and shown great character at times when under pressure. There is plenty more rugby to come given the cup, sevens and a tour but for now they can be pleased and proud when they look back at 2014.”