New Stonyhurst College reports

The Fylde RFC website is pleased to now have the Stonyhurst College rugby reports together with other local schools. These will now be regularly added by ex-Fylde 1st teamer (and still a present player, Mark Evans, who is Head of PE at the college). Fylde 1st team forwards coach, Alex Loney, is also a teacher and rugby coach there.

Many famous names have come out of Stonyhurst in the past with Brian Ashton a teacher there, England international Lyran Bracken and, of course, World Cup 2003 winner, Iain Balshaw. Fylde 1st teamer, Richard Kenyon, is also an old boy of the school and we all know what an exciting brand of rugby he leanrt at Stonyhurst and then brought to Fylde.

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v ArnoldKEQMS Lytham, Saturday 20th September

1st XV won 48-9
Another good victory for the 1st XV who brought a big squad of players to Lytham. Both teams worked hard during the initial phases of the match, but as Stony gained more and more momentum and possession, AKS struggled to keep them at bay. Stony ran the ball at every opportunity, with a ball never kicked, and their endeavour was rewarded with some excellent tries scored by both forwrads and backs.

The 1st XV have so far won all of their matches this season in comprehensive style but they know that hard and tough Natwest Cup matches await them. AKS never, ever gave in and, as usual, their hospitality was second to none.

Scorers to follow.

2nd XV won 41-0
The 2nd XV brought a huge squad of players to AKS, with some of the 3rd XV also stepping up to play. As always, the AKS boys worked hard and gave their very best on the flat open pitches, but once the larger Stonyhurst forwards began to dominate possession, it soon became a matter of time before the first tries were scored.

Again, the inter-play between the forwards and backs was tremendous, and the fast and pacey Stonyhurst outside outside backs were hard to handle when they got the ball.

The 2nd XV remain unbeaten after a high scoring start to the season.

Scorers to follow.

U15A lost 31-7
After losing this fixture 36-0 last year, the Stonyhurst boys were keen to make amends but they knew it would be tough against a very fast, skilful and well-drilled AKS side.

The match was as tough as expected but the Stony boys made a tremendous start and at half-time the score was only 14-5, with the backrow making some tremendous tackles and working hard at the ruck in order to deny the fast AKS backs possession. The Stony try was a fabulous effort, with the boys reaching 5th phase and nice handling creating space in the corner for a good team try.

As the second half progressed, the Stony boys tired as the AKS backs spread the ball wide, and the big AKS right winger proved a major thorn in the Stony defence as he scored a hat trick.

This was an encouraging and determined performance by the boys and they must now prepare for Bradford GS next Saturday. With a number of boys playing their first ever rugby match as well, it can only be encouraging for the future.

U14A won 32-12
A superb victory for the U14A at home saw them score 6 tries to 2. As always, they never kicked the ball, with the forwards and backs looking to run the ball at every opportunity. The fitness of the Stony boys was tremendous and this proved vital as the match progressed, as they enjoyed far more possession than AKS in the second half. The AKS no.8 and fly-half were dangerous players, but once Stony thwarted their attacks, the rucking and passing from both forwards and attacks gave quick attacking ball, and Mr Thomas's U14s were clinical when the chances arose.

Well played to every boy and especially to those playing their first ever matches. Scorers to follow.

U16A v QEGS, Blackburn 1st XV
Won 27-0
The second outing for Mr Evans's new U16s and the boys did not disappoint. Playing against QEGS's 1st XV, which contained boys 1 and 2 years older than themselves, this would prove to be a tough and brutal encounter as the QEGS boys were often bigger and strong at the breakdown and contact areas.

However, the U16s played their usual brand of running rugby as they attempted to stretch the bigger QEGS team around. Captain, Luke McLaughlin, was at the heart of everything and fly-half, Seb Dean, attacked with guile and enterprise from every break down.

It was France Wutthiserithamrong who scored first, as 4th phase ball was shifted to the left wing, with excellent hands from Felix Bailey and Rory Bannigan. Felix converted well from the touchline. The narrow QEGS pitch was making finding space difficult, but the fitness of the Stony boys meant that they could recycle the ball well to go phase after phase until the gaps were found. Terri Emma-Makeri, Joe Mann and Fabien Fong are a dynamic front row and with George Pearson and Colm McManamon working tirelessly in the 2nd row, possession was never an issue.

Just before half-time, Dom Styler finished off a good team move and Stony led 12-0 at the break. 23 players took part in the match but the substitutes didn't alter the flow of the Stony play. Javier Garcia Perez had played well at 15 and now Christian Butschok-Brain took over at full back, with Tom Wroblewski and Chika Nkwonta on the wings.

It was Tom who scored the third Stony try as forwards and backs inter-linked, with Christian making a very unselfish pass to sedn Tom in at the corner. Joe Mann added two further tries as the half progressed and all of the Stony boys worked tirelessly in defence to keep a clean sheet.

Archie Ford had a very impressive match, regardless of where he played, and Arthur Littlewood showed his worth with two fabulous driving plays. Calvin Lau is improving with every session and contributed well, and Julian Chin and Chika will prove a handful whenever they are on the wings. Joel Raines and Ben Carus have been very impressive at scrum-half and that will be a good duel throughout the season. Alex Boyarko also did not disappoint with his strong and aggressive play.

Well done to everyone who played.

v Mount St Mary's, Sheffield Saturday 13th September
1st XV won 52-0
Tries – Jean-Luc Mouttet, Matthew Tucker, Matthew Isola (2), Robbie McDermott (4)
Conversions – Josh Katz (6)
Stonyhurst started the game really well scoring 3 excellent team tries. Overall the pack looked far more settled than they did in the opening match and this allowed the backs to attack with far more pace. The centre partnership of Matthew Isola and Robbie McDermott already looks a very potent attacking unit. After a few more tries Stonyhurst allowed the shape of the game to be lost until the last quarter when once again they collectively raised their concentration and regained control.

 2nd XV won 58-0
Tries – Simpson 3, Singleton, Sparks, Tom, McLaughlin, Belderbos, Mann, France W
Conversions – Singleton 4
A nearly flawless performance by the 2nd XV. Runnig the ball at every opportunity and linking well between forwards and backs. Well played.

U15A won 55-0
With only 3 days rest, Stonyhurst U15s have not had to wait long following a disappointing match against Audenshaw. The team had responded well in the only training session before this match and were looking forward to demonstrate that lessons had been learnt.

From a Stonyhurst perspective, the game started at a fast pace with some strong running and close support work that brought early tries. Kwangu Simeza continued to make a fantastic start to the season by scoring a hat-trick of tries and some impressive defensive work. In truth, the game was won early into the 2nd half but Stonyhurst had to work extremely hard for their points and the newer players in the team gained more valuable experience.

Overall, the team took a positive step and the forwards showed improvements in terms of securing enough possession to be competitive. Without doubt this team is improving and everybody is working hard individually to contribute to the team effort. Looking to next week, there will be 3 games in 7 days against some tough opposition, which will be a real test for this group of players. 

U14A won 55-5
Scorers – Robert Kellett, Max Whatham (2), Benedict Rainford, Finnian Gateley, Iwan Timmins (2), Flynn Daniels (2)
Conversions – Tobias Dean (5)

Stonyhurst U14s went into their second game of the season with renewed enthusiasm after a few days of hard training. From the kick off it was clear that they were intent on putting their season back on track with Vice Captain Max Whatham,  fullback Flynn Daniels and centre Iwan Timmins all going over for early scores. Hard work up front from the front row of Georg Wembacher, Dylan Whittakker and Robert Kellet kept the pressure on Mount St Marys and Stonyhurst’s strong phase play eventually saw them rewarded with a try for Captain Finnian Gateley, followed swiftly by fullback Flynn Daniels’ second. Tobias Dean ended the half with a conversion to leave the score at 36-0 to Stonyhurst.

Stonyhurst continued to dominate possession and field position with Dominic Sutton, Max Whatham and Jason Njoroge all making powerful contributions. Though Mount St Mary’s showed increasing courage, Stonyhurst were not to be denied and Robert Kellet soon went over for the first try of the second half, followed by a brilliant score created by Captain Finnian Gateley and finished off by Vice Captain Max Whatham. Stonyhurst were guilty of a lapse in concentration that saw their thus far watertight defence fall apart and allow Mount St Mary’s a consolation score, but they responded immediately with tries from Iwan Timmins and Benedict Rainford to put the game well and truly out of reach.

Rugby v Audenshaw School
1st XV won 64-0
A solid start considering, this was our opening fixture and more than half the team were making their 1st XV debut. Usual early season mistakes prevented any real flowing rugby but there was most certainly glimpses of what this group of players should challenge themselves to achieve as the season progresses. A fine first victory.

Tries were scored by Josh Katz (2), Matthew Tucker (2), Will Metcalf, Robbie McDermott, Jean-Luc Mouttet, Matthew Isola and Markiyan Antonyuk. Josh Katz added a further 7 conversions.

U15A lost 57-12
The U15s began their 2014-15 season in fine sunny conditions against Audenshaw. The boys have worked hard in training since their return from a long summer break and were sure to be tested in this opening fixture. For a third of the starting line up, this was their College debut and unfortunately from a Stonyhurst perspective the home side were disjointed in many areas.

Right from the off, Audenshaw sprinted out of the blocks and after only 10 minutes in they took a 3 try lead. Nonetheless, Stonyhurst responded well soon after with some periods of possession and eventually forced a try of their own. At this point, Stonyhurst were slowly growing into the match with their tackling improved and some pleasing attacking play but again their defensive frailties were evident and they conceded 2 more tries before Stonyhurst manged a second of their own. The half time score was 5 tries to 2 but frustratingly soon into the 2nd period Audenshaw put the game to bed by scoring a couple of times in quick succession which meant the game was effectively over.

The Stonyhurst players, without doubt, had a tough opening encounter. The key for them is to bounce back with the same enthusiasm that they have demonstrated during their first week in training and prepare for the weekend fixtures. Players on debut should take a number of positives from this game and try to focus on areas that will develop themselves and the team. The players showed plenty of effort at various stints during the match but for many the challenge is to understand that a certain 'workrate' is required throughout a Rugby match in order to achieve success.

U14A lost 35-22
Scorers – Benedict Rainford (3), Thomas Utting
Coversions: Tobias Dean

After a whirlwind week of preparation, the U14s opened the season against Audenshaw at home led by Tobias Dean and Robert Kellett. Playing together for the first time, the team featured many untested combinations though this did not stop the Stonyhurst backline executing a fine move in the opposition 22 to open the scoring through fly half Benedict Rainford. Tobias Dean added the extras and Stonyhurst were off to a fine start. However, sloppy tackling led to a quick equalizer and despite strong work in the tight from Max Whatham and monumental defence from centre Finnian Gateley, it was Audenshaw who again crossed the line with a second breakaway try. Stonyhurst continued to dominate possession and eventually got their reward with winger Thomas Utting crossing for a try to bring the scores almost level. But again weak defence out wide allowed Audenshaw to begin to impose themselves on the game with another converted score. Half time: 12-21 to the away team.

The second half began as the first ended with Audenshaw’s strong outside backs defying the run of play. The defence of Finnian Gateley and the ever more impressive performance of flanker Izaak Critchley, combined with much improved second half performances from Jason Njoroge and Domnic Sutton, seemed to be swinging momentum back in Stonyhurst’s favour only for passive defence to again allow another runaway try to be scored, quickly followed by another, which effectively sealed the victory for Audenshaw as their kicker made it five from five conversions. Benedict Rainford went over for a late consolation but despite dominating territory and possession for much of the game, Stonyhurst had come up short.

U16s at the St Ambrose Invitational 10s
On a gloriously sunny day, the new U16s travelled to play in the fantastic St Ambrose 10s. With LRGS, Wilmslow HS, Cheadle Hulme, the home side, Rydal and many others there, the competition was going to be fierce.

Playing togetehr for the first time, the u16s played some fabulous rugby in attack, with tries being scored by Rory Bannigan and Dom Styler. Luke McLaughlin was all over the field and Felix Bailey and George Pearson contributed well throughout. Sadly, injuries forced a number of early changes to personal which thwarted our attacking options. That said, France and Julian looked dangerous and Chika was a revelation in attack, as he scored 2 tries.

The boys bowed out in the quarter-finals, losing to LRGS 10-0 in a terrific match. Well played to Terri, Joe, Joel, Ben, Colm, Seb and Archie.

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