Match Report
Berkhamsted School 1st XV vs  Stamford
On: Saturday, 14 Nov 2015
Venue: at Home

Berkhamsted 12 Stamford 0

It is a pity that a game of such potential between two very capable teams was limited by such difficult playing conditions. A strong but blustery wind blew for the most part obliquely but occasionally directly down the pitch, while freezing rain, which grew in intensitiy as the game progressed, made handling under pressure a real challenge. Berkhamsted’s dominant scrum and driving maul largely determined the course of the game, but Tom ffitch’s penalties after 5 and 10 minutes were never enough to make the home side feel entirely at ease, and, with the elements in Stamford’s favour in the second half, despite Berkhamsted’s continued territorial domination, there was always the possibility that a penalty kick to touch and a driven line-out might overturn the lead, although an injury to the Stamford 10 a quarter of an hour into the second half made that less likely. With 5 minutes remaining, a third Stamford indiscretion within kicking range obviated that fear, giving Berkhamsted a two score lead, and a fourth on full-time put an extra gloss on the scoreline.

The defensive first-up tackling of Berkhamsted’s back-row of Joe Lucas, Ed Tidey and Oscar Furneaux snuffed out most attacking possibilities for Stamford, notably in the second-half, although some dynamic carries from the base of a retreating scrum by their 7, playing 8, did occasionally promise more. Berkhamsted threatened frequently from driving mauls, and a couple of overlaps down the left, but the slippery surface made evasive running difficult and for much of the game the advantage was with the defenders.

Penalties: Tom ffitch (4)