KGS reports 15th Sep 2018

KGJS Sports Report 15.9

On Saturday Kirkham Juniors’ U11s hosted a morning of rugby. Fylde Rugby Club, Preston Grasshoppers and St Mary’s Hall enjoyed the opportunity to play their first competitive matches of the season. All games were played in a fantastic spirit and the many parents who came to support were treated to some excellent rugby. As this was a festival there was no overall winners.

Next Saturday is the turn of the U10s.

KGS Sports Reports

Rugby – Saturday 15th Sept

KGS 1st XV v Northampton School for Boys

Kirkham Grammar 1st XV travelled to meet last year’s National School’s semi-finalist Northampton Boys Grammar. KGS started well with Captain Daniel Kelly kicking an early penalty to take the lead. Captain Kelly led from the front with some powerful runs and was well supported by the back row of Will Kollard, Ollie Leatherbarrow and Ethan Caine. Kollard and Leatherbarrow both claimed a try each to take Kirkham clear of a talented Northampton side. As the KGS pack dominated their opponents it allowed space for the backs to run and Kirkham again scored through a well- constructed try from centre Evan Powell. A powerful forwards drive gave hooker Cameron Wilkinson a well-deserved try just before half time and KGS a 29-0 lead. Northampton showed great spirit and raised their game scoring 2 quick tries after the break. However, KGS’ nerves were settled when lock forward Charlie Partington galloped in for a try, from 50 metres out, to complete a pleasing 36-12 victory.

2nd XV v Wirral GS

An inexperienced 2nd XV, opened their season against a strong Wirral Grammar school side. Kirkham started slowly and found the pace to fast and became more involved disciplinary issues. The team’s true potential started to develop in the second half. Strong performances from Nathan Page, Ewan McCauley, Max Prendergast and Harvey Berry gave Kirkham some impetus. The second half saw Kirkham improve dramatically in both attack and defence with some ditch tackling staving off several potential tries. Hopefully the second half performance will allow the team to gain in confidence and further improvement will occur as they adjust to the speed of 2nd XV rugby.

Subject: U15A V Wirral GS

Result: KGS 19 -12

This was a very pleasing result as it is always difficult to win away against a good Wirral side. However, both sides were a little rusty in the first twenty minutes but it was Kirkham who scored first with a well finished try from Tobias Parkinson after a couple of good phases from the forwards. Strong defence from Kirkham kept the home side to nil at the end of the first half but it only lasted five minutes as Wirral scored early in the second half after concerted pressure on the Kirkham try line. The Wirral side seemed to rally and again Kirkham were struggling to get out of their own half when Wirral scored another try in the corner. This seemed to motivate the Kirkham team to put together a much more dangerous attacking display and Tobias Parkinson scored another very good try after bursting through the Wirral defence with ease. This was converted by Aaron Pope who kicked well throughout the game and controlled the midfield. With the score at 12 v 12, Kirkham now had their tails up. The forwards were dominating the set pieces and the breakdown areas and were showing a great deal of determination to win the game. Gaps started to appear in the Wirral defence and it was Archie Dowds who exploited them using his pace to score the winning try under the post.

Tries:

  1. Parkinson 2
  2. Dowds 1

Conversions:

A.Pope 2

KGS U14 v Wirral G S

WON 24-14

The under 14s were on the road again this week as they travelled to Wirral Grammar School. For much of the first half there was no score as defences were on top, however, a superb turnover by Josh Stirrup and some excellent handling from Archie Dowds saw Aiden Haywood beat 2 defenders to go under the posts. Charlie Read added the extras which meant KGS went into half time 7-0 up.

KGS started the second half strongly. Matthew Oddie and James Sutcliffe carried the ball strongly to get the U14s on the front foot. George Edwards then sniped down the blind-side and fed Archie Dowds who scored a try. Read again added the extras (14-0).

Some slick handling from Read and Ben Nicholls saw Haywood add a second and soon thereafter Haywood completed his hat trick with an outstanding individual effort to run 70 metres to score in the corner (24-0).

In the last quarter of the match, Wirral came back strongly and despite excellent defence by Theo Timmins, Louis Johnson and Matthew Wright, they managed to score 2 well worked tries as the matched finished 24-14.

U13 v Wirral G S

Wirral started well and dominated possession, using their size to their advantage. The Kirkham defence worked tirelessly but eventually the home side crossed the line for the first score of the day. In the initial stages, KGS struggled to retain the ball at the breakdown and Wirral capitalised on the quick turnovers to score several more times in the wide channels. Kirkham maintained their tenacious defence though and continued to make their tackles and make life difficult for the opposition.

The highlight of the half came when James Stacey ran the ball from his own 22 after a steady scrum from the pack. Slick handling between Kane and Tomlinson lead to a sizable gain in territory. Forwards Amr, Thompson and Kelly supported the backline well enough to recycle the ball and fluid passing from the backs led to an impressive score in the corner.

The second half started much more brightly for the Kirkham outfit, who had identified the issues at the breakdown and had begun to recycle the ball much more effectively at the tackle area. As a result, the second half was a much more competitive affair, with both sides having a good share of possession and creating a range of chances. Wirral continued to utilise their size advantage and impressive performances from the outside centre and wing for the home side ultimately made the difference in the end.

Although they were on the wrong side of the score line on this occasion, Kirkham can take many positives from the game and should be proud of their efforts against a well organised, talented Wirral side.

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