KGS in romp to victory

KGS 1sts score a try
KGS 1sts score a try
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Kirkham Grammar School’s rugby 1st XV saw off Sedbergh School 27-0 at their Ribby ground.

Roared on by some excellent support, KGS started well and soon gained an early lead from a Kieran Wilkinson penalty.

Gaining confidence from this early lead Kirkham threw everything they had at Sedbergh.

Captain George Blackwell was in outstanding form and was well supported by fellow back rowers Charlie Abbott and Jack Edwards.

As a unit they were able to gain the upper hand at the breakdown.

Kirkham then turned the heat up on Sedbergh at the scrum and with the front row of George Williams, Ben Gregory and Jamie Ross also carrying the ball well and gaining ground at will, it was only time before the Sedbergh defence would be breached.

This happened when prop Jamie Ross forced his way over the line for the opening try.

Not to be outdone, fellow prop George Williams crashed over the line after a clever pass from scrum-half George Carter.

As half-time approached, KGS had a 15-0 lead but to their credit Sedbergh responded.

And just as they seemed in a position to score, flying Kirkham winger James Maddrell came from nowhere and intercepted a loose Sedbergh pass.

He sprinted the length of the field for sensational try and a 22-0 half-time lead after a Wilkinson conversion.

The second half was all about a magnificent KGS defence as wall of blue confronted Sedbergh as they tried desperately to fight back.

However on this day it was all about KGS and is was they who finished the game off with another well-worked forwards’ try, when young lock Sam Dugdale found his way to the line.

Kirkham’s 2nd XV beat Sedbergh 13-0 in their encounter.

Gabriel Bland dummied his way over under the posts for the opening try, Pearson adding the conversion.

Pearson added two well struck second-half penalties to stretch the lead.