Match Report
The Manchester Grammar School 1st XV vs  The Grammar School at Leeds
On: Saturday, 07 Sep 2019
Venue: Away

There was plenty of excitement as the new season got under way at Leeds GS on their brand new 4G pitch. The boys had worked hard during pre season and were ready for a tough opening fixture.

Leeds dominated the early exchanges and scored two well worked tries to lead 12-0 after only ten minutes. The boys could have very easily dropped their heads but in true MGS fashion they knuckled down and managed to get back into the game with a close range try from James Wyn, burrowing his way over. Sam Frank added the extras. Then just before the break the infamous ‘T’Ball saw Ollie Hill hit the line at pace break through two tackles and then offload from the floor to the supporting Alfie Meir to score under the posts. A slender half time lead 14-12

The second half was a tight affair. Leeds scored 2 quick tries quite early on and then Jordon Oluwadare finished off a superb team try in the corner to make it 21-22. Leeds then received the bit of luck to swing the game, even though MGS drove a line out 20m forwards and the Leeds players decided to leave the maul, the referee decided that MGS had infringed and gave a curious penalty to the home side. As MGS were retreating their allocated 10 meters the Leeds back row forward saw an opportunity to take a quick tap penalty, although he didn’t tap it and was stood at least 20m away from where the referee had awarded the penalty, he then just ran off to everyone’s amusement. However the referee wasn’t laughing and called “play on!’

Trailing 21-27 MGS suffered a severe injury to Sam Frank with only several minutes remaining. A small rejig in the backs and a continuous onslaught for the last few plays ensued. Unfortunately we couldn’t manage to sneak over for what could have been a fantastic win. An excellent start though with plenty of positives for the season against an excellent Leeds outfit.

Our best wishes go to Sam for a speedy recovery from a nasty injury.

Man of the Match: Seb Murphy