Matthew Burns



The first day of the season proved to be a frustrating one for Sedbergh as they came away from Whitgift with a narrow defeat in what was a very mixed performance.

After conceding a score early Sedbergh began to take control of the first half by turning territory into points with three good 1st half tries to Captain Freddie Renwick, Johnny McPhillips and Max Davies. McPhillips added two conversions to give Sedbergh a well-deserved 19 – 10 lead at the break.

At the start of the second half Whitgift converted a penalty which was was quickly followed by a reply from McPhillips who restored Sedbergh’s lead to 9 points from a penalty of his own.

The final twenty minute period of the match was a back and forth affair as Sedbergh consistently broke the Whitgift defence but failed to execute vital chances to finish off the match. Whitgift scored a try off a Sedbergh error and then kicked a further two penalties in quick succession during the final minutes to give them a famous home victory.

Sedbergh 22
McPhillips 2 cons

Whitgift 24



The second XV achieved a hard-fought and encouraging victory over a spirited Dame Allan’s side, and so captured their first 1st XV scalp of the season. After seeing little of the ball in the first five minutes, the older and more powerful Brown pack began to get on top and the backs moved the ball well.

Some excellent off-loading was another feature of Sedbergh’s game in the first half, which finished with Brown 17-5 ahead. Sedbergh stuttered a little after the interval but rediscovered their fluency to rattle-up some late scores and stretch the winning margin. The 2nds now need to cut the penalty count against them, chase harder when covering or tracking back in defence, and get more players in support of the ball-carrier.



Although the points were scored freely by the Sedbergh 3rd XV on Busk 1 in beautiful conditions the boys in Brown were very rusty and it showed. The opposition played bravely and stuck to the task but were unfit and did not have the skill levels to develop their opportunities.

15 dropped balls in the first half from Sedbergh showed a lack of composure and we discussed afterwards that we would need leaders to be able to identify parts of the game that are not functioning during the game and offer alternatives.

Our rucking needs work, line out was shaky and our scrum creaked at times. We will get fitter but we have Morecambe 1st XV on Wednesday away, we will need to be on our metal as they will want a Brown scalp. 

As the game broke down our boys were able to express themselves, Holt (s) was a wrecking ball and Robinson (p) was the rapier. The Westgarth boys (sh) played well in the back row and Jackson (sh) made the break of the day with a 55m run leading to a score in the corner.
Won 70-0

Tries: Radcliffe, Barontix2, Robinson, Laveryx2, Holtx2, Doody, Campbell, Jackson
Cons: 5 Lavery, 1 Doody
Pen: 1 Lavery

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