First team lose out

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STAMFORD opened the scoring with a well-taken try and gave early indication of their style of open running play.

Within minutes, Daventry replied with an excellent try by Sam Dudgeon, converted by James Heath.

The All Blacks’ powerful scrummaging and good line out ball enabled them to secure possession to maintain a competitive first-half. Further tries allowed Daventry to go into half-time with a 14–12 lead.

In the second-half Daventry’s forward dominance continued but the excellent play of the Stamford scrum-half limited Daventry’s scoring opportunities.

Surging runs by Daventry’s winger Nick Berry with Lee Collett, having replaced injured Michael Hewitt in the centre, also caused problems to the Stamford’s defence. Powerful forward drives maintained Daventry’s pressure resulting in an excellent try to which Stamford replied to widen their lead.