Match Report
The Manchester Grammar School 2nd XV vs  Stockport Grammar School
On: Saturday, 14 Sep 2019
Venue: Away

MGS 2nd XV played Stockport Grammar School on a sunny but wet Saturday morning on the 14th of September. We started well with an early intercept wonder try from James Morris, before giving away one of our own to Stockport not much after making it 7-7. The game looked even, but not for long as MGS pinned Stockport in their own half for 20 minutes, and with solid lineouts and strong mauls we scored various tries off rolling mauls from the like of Ollie Hoggard, James O’Hara and Myles Monoghan. Late into the first half we saw James Hooker pull of an outrageous offload to put us within 5m out, with Nick Grimshaw barging over to put us 27-7 up, and then not 5 minutes later Mo Qasim, making up for his pass for their try, had some link-up play with Freddie Dobbs down the wing before making a destructive run smashing everything and everyone out of his way before crashing over the line to make it 32-7. Stockport already wanted to stop and it wasn’t about to get any better.

A strong first half with some solid tackles and destructive running from the likes of Joe Whittle and some excellent conversions (despite having to drop kick) from Will Rishardson, put MGS in a solid position for the second half. Within 5 minutes it was clear what the outcome of the second half would be. With strong forward carries from the whole pack and amazing runs from Isaac Ogunyemi slipping through countless tackles, the 2nd XV played some fast-paced fluid rugby causing 6 more tries from Ollie Johnson, Sam Murphy and of course Isaac Ogunyemi. Some more conversions put MGS 61-7 up with 10/15 minutes to go. At this point instead of ending the game MGS took off a couple players (making it 13 vs 15) and at this point you’d think surely Stockport would get back into the game – you’d be wrong. With some more fast-paced rugby and strong running from Rafey and Matt out wide MGS scored another two more tires before the game was ended including a strong run from Tom Taylor to crash over from 5m out. The game ended 73-7 - a solid performance from everyone.