Match Report
The Manchester Grammar School U14A vs  The Grammar School at Leeds
On: Saturday, 07 Sep 2019
Venue: Away

It is a tough way to start the year, away at Leeds, as they are such a strong rugby school. In fact, due to their overpowering squad depth, we played three thirds of rugby as opposed to the usual format of two halves: the first against a full Leeds A team, the second against a B team, and the third mixed.

The first third started with us kicking off to Leeds. The ball landed in the arms of their hulk of a number 8, who proceeded to thunder towards the rock upon which our scrum rests, our talismanic leader for the day, Laurie Lee, who wasn't quite ready and therefore got bowled over, only to see his adversary score under the sticks. It looked like it was going to be a long day, but the team would not make that mistake again. Defensively, we sorted ourselves out with respect to that particular threat, and doubled up on him whenever he had the ball, but we would still see four more tries conceded in that third of the game. We did manage to claw one back when Leeds outside centre dropped a pass in our half, and Ethan Bass deftly scooped it up to sprint 60 metres for his and the teams first score of the game.

In the second third, Tom Fountain managed to rally the troops for a Herculean defensive effort. Partnered with a more composed attacking attitude, the backs managed to create space for Ethan Bass to score two more tries.

The 'mixed' third of the game saw Kit Sanders come into his own, with a try as well as a couple of conversions, which are new to the game this year.

Overall, the boys showed real spirit against possibly the toughest opposition this year and I am very pleased with the potential shown.

MoM: Ethan Bass