- Uppingham are coached by former Scotland international Nick De Luca
- They are on form and win over Oundle comes after victory over Oakham
- Success is in contrast to three years ago when Uppingham managed one win
Uppingham are 'putting the pride back in the jersey' helped by success in the SOCS Daily Mail Schools Trophy.
A 24-6 win over local rivals Oundle continues an upbeat campaign under the coaching of former Scotland centre Nick De Luca in this national competition sponsored by SOCS, the school management system.
The Oundle win follows two other notable scalps in a 15-13 win over Oakham and Bedford, 46-0.
Uppingham would have completed a clean sweep over their main East Midlands rivals but for allowing a lead of 19-12 against Stamford to subside into a 19-22 defeat.
The success is in contrast to three years ago when Uppingham managed only one win.
De Luca said: 'The rugby was struggling a little bit and we needed to put the pride back in the jersey.
'The results show that the hard work of all the players over the past few seasons is paying off and our rugby is going forward.'
Uppingham are building academy links to nearby Leicester and Northampton.
Hooker Sam Westmacott and Harrison Casey are at Tigers while hooker James Chalk and versatile back Xavier Cranwell are at Saints.
Like most school teams, players move around positions such as fly half Charlie Richardson who started out at lock and lock-turned-centre Pip Jackson.
Canford lock Jack Carpenter jumps high in a recent Daily Mail Schools trophy match
De Luca also has plenty of praise for prop Henry Langford who he describes as the team's rock.
Canford are another team who have struck form and are challenging for a top 10 place in the Trophy table.
The Dorset school defeated Marlborough College, 18-0, on their return from a half-term trip to Ireland where they lost to the powerful Blackrock College under-17s, 14-10.
Another versatile player is scrum-half Freddie Charles. The Bath Academy member started at centre against Marlborough and helped wing Archie van der Flier to a sixth try of the season.
The Trophy picks up pace following the holiday this Saturday (Nov 9) in a full programme of games.
Wellington and Sedbergh, the top two, are both in action against Harrow and Lancaster RGS respectively.
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