Match Report
Oakham School Boys-U18C vs  Stamford
On: Saturday, 15 Sep 2018
Venue: Away

Stamford

Fresh off the training ground, the Oakham 3rd XV looked like the full outfit as they got off the bus at Stamford. On a roll from their previous victory against Uppingham, the boys were ready to rumble. Prepped for another derby clash, there was only one thing on their minds: game day!

After a successful team led warm-up, the boys were raring to go. Winning the toss, Oakham chose to play up hill in the first half. A poor start from Oakham saw relentless Stamford pressure, played through their forwards, force them over the try line. 7-0 to the home side. Heads held high and still full of confidence the men in red and black headed back into battle. Front ball in a lineout led to a driving mall. Moving like a southbound freight train; no Stamfordian pack could stop this crossing the line. Theo Malcolm touched down to bring BJE's men right back in it. A few phases later and Stamford had a scrum on their 5. A hungry Oakham pack turned it up a gear, humiliating their opponents by forcing them back over their ball. Ben Barton then ran a sharp unders line to bully his way under the posts. Oakham led 7-12 at half time.

Downhill and with the wind on their side, the 3rds could taste blood. Big hits from Oakham’s very own titans, Gareth Davies and Max Ludgate, kept Stamford at bay. Then Will Green and Barney Fox produced some powerful leg drive accompanied by safe hands from the backs to allow Leo Cox to slide in for back-to-back tries in the corner. This was quickly followed by some sharp thinking from, future 1st team player, Philip Wright to snipe the fringes of the ruck and touch down to make the final score 7-27 to Oakham. A huge upset for the home side in their very own backyard. Man of the match went to, one to watch, Sam Turner for his valiant effort around the park.

Luke Moule