Match Report
The Perse Upper School 1st XV vs  Stamford School
On: Tuesday, 04 Nov 2008
Venue: Away

The Perse 1st XV travelled to Stamford for what was only our 4th away game of the season. Stamford are traditionally a strong school, being seem as part of the Big 5 in our fixture list. Within 5 minutes The Perse had registered their first try through Patrick Carson, cutting a great line off Alex Stafford through a disorganised Stamford defence, caused by a turnover from man of the match Max Moncrieff, to dive over under the posts, with Peter Grieve converting.
Stamford barely registered with a clinical and passionate Perse side for the rest of the half, as a series of pressured lineouts and scrums led to Mark Goulder charging down an attempted clearance from their big inside centre, for Henry Philipson to gather and dot down out wide, Grieve narrowly missed the conversion and so the score was 12-0 going in at half time.
Stamford came out hard at the beginning of the second period, scoring a fine try through the forwards from a rolling maul. This did not daunt the Perse however, with three Grieve penalties keeping the scoreboard ticking over and the result never in doubt. The fact that the well drilled opposition backs never looked like scoring was a testament to an outstanding Perse defensive effort, the best ever by a Perse team according to Mr Gostling.
The ability of the Perse team to change the game plan to suit the conditions and type of defence we were faced with was the difference between the two teams, being able to switch from a tight game to one with more emphasis with getting the ball wide and into space.