1st and 2nd XV Rugby news

The 1st XV continued their strong season, with a well deserved, yet hard fought, 29 points to 12 victory over Sandbach at The Ridings, to make it six victories this season!
 
This followed on from a good 14 points to 7 victory away at Merchant Taylors last week. The third consecutive victory over our Merseyside rivals in three seasons.

Saturday's victory was well deserved and bar an early score for Sandbach following a missed tackle, defence and intensity were the key to victory. Our line speed and aggression was superb and Sam Croft was key once again.

This is a very young College 1st team and the group have missed a number of senior players through injuries. Returnees, Kendal, Gate and Waddington all had a big influence on proceedings and seemed to give the youngsters a lift.

All three plus Larsen, Minton and Greaves, who scored an excellent try, showed the value of a strong Upper 6th presence.

This was another week when a number of players could have been man of the match. Hancox played superbly at hooker and Blaydon carried strongly. However, the Year 11s Hassall and Paziuk edged it and put in tremendous performances.

A prestigious away fixture at Ellesmere College now awaits on Saturday and then a home game v Liverpool College concludes a busy and eventful Autumn programme.

The only disappointment so far was the loss to Altrincham in the 4th round of the Nat West Vase and missing out on the chance of progressing to a national competition round of 16.

The spirit and unity is starting to grow and a lot of players are playing consistently well. This bodes well for the summer senior tour to South Africa next July.

The 2nd XV played some of their best rugby of the season at The Ridings on Saturday to defeat a good Sandbach team by 29-17. Centre Corbyn Rainbow-Hardman scored an excellent early try to get us in front and although Sandbach equalised the 2nds took control of most of the match with forwards and backs combining well in a hard-fought encounter. Year11 student Tom Whiteley, alternating between forwards and backs scored a deserved hat-trick of tries demonstrating impressive speed and strength and the eye for a gap. Flying winger Sam Johnston scored between these after a flowing move and fly half Alex Whaley added 2 conversions to secure a hard-fought victory.

Well done

Mr Mason
Mr Duggan