KGS match reports, 11th November 2017

KGS 1st XV vs Stowe School 1st XV

Won – 58-9

After two disappointing performances, Kirkham Grammar School 1st XV travelled to Stowe School. This was the first fixture between the two schools. In recent years, Stowe have become a well-respected school on the schools rugby circuit.

Although still not back to full strength, Kirkham gave debuts to Charlie Partington and Enrique Oranjie and both these players made promising starts to their KGS careers. Star men on the day however, were outstanding open side flanker Teddy Leatherbarrow, who popped up with three well taken tries, and Winger Andrew Bulman who also scored three.

The foundation for Kirkham’s best performance of the season came from some outstanding defence holding Stowe out just before half time and some hard graft from the pack where Leatherbarrow was well supported by Vice-captain Sam Dugdale and fellow back rower Will Gargett. Captain Kieran Wilkinson appeared back to his best as he pulled the strings in attack, whilst centre Nathan Pope supported and distributed brilliantly.

The 58-9 victory was a true reflection of this side’s talent. Hopefully, more will come as the timing of the injured players returning improves.

KGS 2nd XV vs Stowe School 2nd XV

Won – 32-12

The 2nd XV ran out comfortable winners in the end after a scare early in the first half, when the home side went ahead after Kirkham lost the ball deep inside their own half. Stowe marched Kirkham back with a series of attacks to score under the posts to take a 7-0 lead. This roused Kirkham into gear and with scrum-half Joe Corkish having a solid platform, which allowed them to string phases together, Stowe’s defence was threatened. A try came as Harrison Ross barged over from a driving maul and a second came from prop David Towers, who made many yards during the game, powered over. Kirkham were by now looking threatening from all over the field with wing Joe Shield having an impact every time he touched the ball.

The second half saw Kirkham enjoy a large amount of possession, especially from the line-out which functioned very well. Two more tries were scored either side of a Will Gregory penalty: one from Captain Henry Gouldbourne and the other from Shields who deserved his try after a productive afternoon.

This was a much improved 2nd XV performance after a long journey as the squad showed some belief after going behind to an early try.

KGS U16 vs Stowe School U16

Lost – 65-7

KGS U15 vs Stowe School U15

Lost – 60-19

KGS U14 vs Stowe School U14

Won – 24-19

On Saturday the U14s made the long journey to Stowe School eager to get the season going again after a three week break. Stowe seemed to be a bit shell-shocked for the first ten minutes as the KGS side easily exploited the huge spaces in the wider channels. The Stowe supporters were very impressed with the standard put on show from the Kirkham side.

In the first half Kirkham’s tries were scored by Tobias Parkinson and Archie Rowlings. Stowe had a couple of chances but failed to finish them off.

In the second half Stowe played with more accuracy and managed three tries. However, Kirkham scored two further tries through Joe Medcalf and Parkinson picking up his second.

KGS U13 vs The Grange School U13

Won – 50-0

KGS U12 vs The Grange School U12

Won – 65-15

The KGS U12s faced The Grange School full of confidence following the win against Manchester Grammar. Kirkham started the game very positively, moving the ball well and maintaining possession. It was Captain James Stacey who went over for the first try of the game and the first of his five tries after a nice run. KGS kept working hard at the breakdown to create a platform to attack from and more tries followed from Wills Gut, Alex Maude, Alex Greenhalf, Ollie Greenwood, Jack Chapman and Harry Tomlinson. The Grange School also had periods of good play and managed to score three tries of their own.

Overall KGS are really starting to gel as a team and the phase play, rucking and movement of the ball are all improving.