Rugby Report November Part 1
AKs U12s travelled to Birkenhead to play a big and abrasive side. Lytham started superbly scoring two outstanding tries with fantastic handling, finished by Sam and Joshua. Despite their early endeavours, AKS lost 7 tries to 2. Max capped an outstanding "man of courage" performance with some strong work with ball in hand and several, try saving tackles.
The U13s continued their winning streak in a tough match between two good teams. Birkenhead started well taking the lead with an early try, but AKS soon bounced back a try to bring them level. This gave the home side confidence and they started to take control of the game. Birkenhead continued to battle picking up a further two tries. However, AKS were on fine form leading in to the second half and saw a tries from Harvey, Max, Tom and Luka. Along with Man of the match to be Jeremy who picked up two well finished tries to top a fantastic return to playing after time out through injury.
The U14s faced very strong opposition in the form of Birkenhead U14 team. In a fantastic display of courage and resilience the team battled against the odds to come away with pride in tact, despite losing the game. There was a determined team effort in the second half, with scoring opportunities and Joe was able to cross the line for a well-earned try. There were stand out performances from Mark in the centre and Tommy in the back row, with their work rate and tackling throughout the game.
On Thursday the U15 played Hutton in a national competition. Despite a great start and leading by 19-5 at half time, injuries to Franklin and Brandon had an impact. This allowed Hutton back into the game, using their pace on the wings. Final score 24-31 to Hutton.
Saturday saw the U15 rugby team enjoy a very hard fought victory and get back to winning ways. After a series of close drives and superb defending by the opposition, Toby eventually barged over for a converted try. More direct approach play from Carlos and Tristan saw Toby burst over in the corner. Birkenhead came back strongly with two well worked tries but AKS went further ahead thanks to the work of Roman and a try from Tristan. Further long range tries from Fraser and hat trick from Toby ensured a 29-12 victory. Whilst the whole squad can be congratulated, Tristan wins the man supreme award.
The 1st XV got off to a slow start allowing Birkenhead to take the ascendancy in the game scoring a number of unanswered tries. As the first half progressed AKS worked their way in to the game with strong tackling from Conagh and Sam. In the second half AKS took the ascendancy with Max crossing the line untouched following a well worked move from the scrum. This was followed by Reece powering through the defence to score under the posts. Final Score 44-14.
On Wednesday the 1st XV travelled to Ripley St Thomas looking to build on previous performances. From the kick off AKS showed their intent, using the wind to pin Ripley in their own half. This pressure eventually told as George crashed over in the corner, followed by a fine kick from Ben to secure the extra 2 points. It was not long before AKS extended their lead, again through George powering around his opposite man to run in a try from the 22meter line, and again converted by Ben. With the wind in their sails, AKS continued to play for territory and despite strong running from the Ripley 12 and 8, AKS continued to control the game. A fears tackle from Harvey turned the ball over in the midfield and quick thinking from Ben chipped over the top to chase through resulting in a 5 meter scrum for the visitors. Ben sniped from the back of the scrum to score next to the posts. Ripley were a tenacious side and were not about to give up. The next try came through strong running from the Ripley 12 and very impressive offload saw the winger cross to put them on the score sheet. As half time approached AKS looked to utilise the wind advantage again pushing the ball deep in to the Ripley half. The Ripley 15 recovered the ball and set off on a mazy run to reach the half way, only to be eventually tackle by Ben who had worked tirelessly all half. Moments later AKS received scrum advantage on half way and this set the scene for try of the day. As James caught the ball at flyhalf, passed to Sam and looped round receiving the ball back from Sam and the releasing Max to hit a line through the defence, he then side stepped the fullback to score. Half time score 7-26.
In a game of two halves, it was AKS on the receiving end, pinned in their half by the wind and making a couple of errors which allowed Ripley to cross for two tries. With strong words from captain, Ben, AKS rallied in defence and stopped the tide of Ripley players crashing forward. Realising this Ripley changed strategy and with their next opportunity, kicked for points successfully when they received a penalty. AKS continued to play out of their half and had opportunities to pressure the Ripley defence and try line, but were unable to convert in to points. Ripley again receive a penalty and kicked to make the score 25-26 to AKS with 3 minutes remaining on the clock. From the kick off AKS won the ball back with a monstrous tackle from Harvey and soon had a penalty. The kick just sailed a foot wide of the left hand post and time was ticking on the clock. In the dying second of the game, AKS gave away a penalty in the halfway line and Ripley opted for the kick at goal. With the wind behind him, the Ripley kicker sent the ball through the uprights to seal victory for the home side. This was a bitterly disappointing end to a fine AKS performance, the team will regroup at training and look forward to the challenge of St Marys Crosby on Saturday.