Year 7 Rugby - A team finishes season unbeaten

Following two impressive and decisive victories over St Mary's Crosby and St Edward's College Liverpool, the Year 7s played their final game versus a strong Wirral Grammar side.
It was a good quality match and St Anselm's dictated the early parts of the match and both sides defended well. Once again captain Alex Godby stood out and was a key player and he linked effectively with Dawid Gawel who made some telling runs. Playing with the slope advantage;  the pressure and intensity of St Anselm's play led to three well taken scores.  A smart break by Matthew Wakefield led to the first. Alex Godby finished off the second with quick thinking and Dawid Gawel made a powerful break to score the third. Making it a good lead of 15-0 at half time.
The 2nd half proved to be a much more difficult affair. Wirral started well and looked a different team. They got some key players on the ball and the momentum started to swing rapidly in their favour. Only some strong and brave defence kept them out. Joseph Manuel and Joe Faluyi made some outstanding tackles during this tough period of the match.
The pressure and intensity of the Wirral play was relentless, and they scored three well worked tries. Tiredness led to some gaps in our defensive line and some players started to slip off tackles. To their credit Wirral exploited these superbly.
With only a few minutes remaining it looked like there would be only one winner as Wirral were in buoyant mood. However, an excellent press and turnover by Bradley led to Saints ball. For the final few minutes, it looked like a win would be achieved. However, strong visitor defence held firm.  The result 15 - 15 was a great credit to both sets of players. It was an exciting match and a big step up in intensity and physicality. It will stand our Year 7 boys well for next season.
Oliver Bradley had another fine game in the centre and Matthew Wakefield was powerful and direct.  A great example of how quickly players can come into the A team. Whilst Ruben Ford and Aaron Shaji are two excellent scrum-halves in the making too.
Thank you to all the rugby players in Year 7 who have worked so hard this season in difficult circumstances. There has been excellent commitment to Saturday training sessions and there will be a lot of competition for places next season!
Mr S Mason