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KGS Rugby v Denstone Reports

KGS 1st XV vs Denstone 1st XV

 

Won – 23-5

 

Kirkham Grammar School 1st xv produced their best performance so far this season with a very workman like performance against a strong Denstone College. KGS already hindered by a number of injuries lost a further two players on the way to Denstone due to illness. Despite these difficulties the side showed great character to score 3 classy tries by Kieran Wilkinson, Andrew Bulman and Nathan Pope and overcome talented opposition. The forwards lead by Sam Dugdale and Teddy Leatherbarrow were in rampaging form and young flanker Will Gargett made an instant impact on his debut. Young full back Callum Grieve also contributed well in kicking two long range penalties to secure a 23-5 away win.

 

KGS 2nd XV vs Denstone 2nd XV

 

Won – 39-12

 

 The 2nd XV richly deserved this win after dominating the first 15 minutes of play with three tries, but had to endure a tricky spell for the last quarter of the first half as Denstone strung some effective phases of play together. Kirkham`s opening try came from Josh Moreau who was given time and space to take on his opposite wing as he weaved in and out to go over under the posts, Will Gregory converting. Every Kirkham attack seemed to show dividends as a sweeping phase of play saw second row Andrew Platt scamper over which was followed soon after by a Sam Davies try from a well worked back row move. Will Kollard took charge of the line out, snaffling opposition ball almost at will, even running the full length from one line-out steal before being hauled down close to the line. At 17-0 Kirkham were in charge of the game before allowing Denstone back into the contest allowing them to score two well worked tries from driving mauls to leave the score too close for comfort at half time, 17-12.

The second half saw Kirkham come out firing as Gregory started to grow in confidence, he darted over from 35 meters to stretch the lead which he followed up with an easy penalty. At this stage Kirkham lost two players with nasty ankle injuries but replacement utility back Joe Corkish was released down the left to dive in at the corner. Kirkham`s final try was scored by Joe Shield from the wing. Fine games were enjoyed in particular by Harrison Ross and Ted Acton who worked tirelessly throughout and also Chuka Ezeigbo who carried threateningly.

KGS 3rd XV vs Denstone 3rd XV

 

Lost – 31-12

 

KGS U15A vs Denstone U15A

 

Lost – 36-21

 

 

 

KGS U15B vs Denstone U15B

 

Lost – 43-0

 

KGS U14A vs Denstone U14A

 

Won – 33-10

 

In wet conditions the Kirkham U14’s displayed high quality ball handling skills, providing an entreating game for the spectators. Centre Tobias Parkinson scored a hat trick of tries with some direct running. Archie Rollings picked up his second try of the season following one of Tom Guts’ silky runs down the wing, Rollings was close in support to receive a well-timed pop up pass.  In the second half Yande Nkonge, and Joe Medcalfe both scored from long range, demonstrating the Kirkham sides’ ambition to play with the ball in hand.

KGS U14B vs Denstone U14B

 

Won – 34-0

 

This was a fantastic performance on a wet and windy afternoon on the 1st team pitch. The whole squad of twenty one boys gave everything and thoroughly enjoyed the match. The defence was outstanding and they only let Denstone into the Kirkham twenty two area a couple of times in the whole match. Denstone were not a bad side and battled bravely all afternoon but Kirkham led by the captain, Sol Mattatia and the aggressive Harry Booth, were ruthless in the way that they turned a strong defence into a clinical attack move which resulted in much free flowing rugby and some excellent tries, notably from Ramin and Harry Burrow. None of this would have been possible without the hard work from the forwards such as Henry Smith and Harry Lee who never stopped tackling.

 

Try scorers:

Harry Burrow

Ramin Zeynali (2)

Harry Lee (2)

Charlie Hodgson

 

Conversions:

Theo Mihell (2)

 

KGS U13A vs Denstone U13A

Won – 15-10

KGS U12A vs Denstone U12A

Lost – 15-5

This was a much improved performance by the KGS U12’s who were playing in their first home game of the season. They faced a tough Denstone side who moved the ball well, despite the wet conditions, and they gave themselves a 10-0 lead at the break. KGS responded excellently in the 2nd half and after an excellent effort by the forwards to drive a maul for 10m the ball was shipped out for Wills Gut to drive over the line. KGS added continued pressure and the half-backs Olli Greenwood and James Stacey were controlling the game well. Unfortunately it was Denstone who got the next score when the ball was stolen from a maul and the Denstone winger ran in unopposed. Overall a very pleasing performance for the players and one on which they can take a lot of confidence from.