After three solid performances at the start of the season against QEGS Wakefield, Kings Macclesfield and a recent win on Wednesday against Merchant Taylors the 1st XV had given themselves a solid platform for the season. Leeds Grammar School were next on the fixture card and this has proved to be a tough one over the last couple of years, with Lancaster 1st XV yet to beat the opposition since the fixture returned to the calendar after a long break.
The side was able to notch up a plethora of scores thanks to the strong performance of the pack. They secured possession well and swift work from the backs cut open the opposition defence and the whole team started to put some structure into their attacking plays. On a good day for LRGS it was pleasing to see us be clinical and ruthless in attack with us working together to expose the weaknesses in the opposition defence. Tries came through powerful driving mauls, slick backs moves and good support play from all team members.
With a few players out due to injury this gave some players a chance to step up into the 1st XV and they did not look out of place, even with some positional changes in the backs they managed to maintain the structure and exploit the defence using the different talents that each man brought.
Worthy of note following his hat-trick midweek was Matthew Bargh who picked up four well taken tries from both outside centre and wing. Callum Robinson-Brooks also finished off a slick team try with some good support play and good offloads. Also a mention goes to Josh Wheatley for picking up two tries on his 1st XV debut showing some good solo finishing skills for the first one. Harry Finan again kicked well from the tee getting 6 in total.
The team performed consistently right throughout the game for the first time all season looking threatening from all parts of the pitch and making the correct decisions in the right areas of the pitch.
The final score was 62-12 the score reflects Lancaster’s dominance of the game and the shows quite well how they controlled the game from start to finish. Even more promisingly, we were still able to identify many things for the team to work on ahead of their clash with Kirkham on Saturday, but it is all looking positive for the season ahead.