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Matthew Burns

BOYS’ SPORTS REPORTS 07/11/15

RUGBY

Wednesday 4th November 

2nd XV v Barnard Castle (H) Won 73-0

After a month’s lay off without a fixture the 2nd XV picked up where they left off before half term with a crushing victory over Barnard Castle. Early on it was clear to see that the team hadn’t played for a while with an error-strewn first 15 minutes.

This was in spite of an early try by Hill which should have settled things down. The rest of the first half saw a more coordinated approach and, with Pepper again running things from half back, the boys ran in four more first half tries to lead 27-0 at half time.

The second half was hugely impressive with the opposition powerless to stop our strong running forwards, producing two more tries for Hill and one for Blackhall and McGhee who both worked tirelessly all game.

Madronal finished off a fine flowing move to finish the scoring against an increasingly dispirited team, before the referee blew up early to finish the game.

However, the highlight of the match was the outrageous break from Scrivens who ran the length of the pitch to score a ridiculous solo try just after half time. Mention should also be made of Pepper’s imperious goal kicking.

An excellent start to the half term but we need to brace ourselves for sterner challenges ahead.
Tries: Hill (3), Silvester, Green, Ballard, McGhee, Scrivens, Blackhall, Williams, Madronal
Cons: Pepper (9)
PCL

3rd XV v Keswick (A) Won 33-0 
After an excellent day training on Monday with the 1st and 2nd XV we were poor yesterday and equally poor today. The first half saw very little in the way of passion and the boys were in my mind lucky to be 10-0 up.

It is interesting to overhear a comment from one player that towards the end he “couldn’t be bothered,”- that was pretty evident.

We did not manage the game well and tried to play the wrong style of rugby for the conditions. Our handling was poor and the score line reflected our fitness rather than our technical dominance.

Doodie filled his hat and we were grateful for that. Lancaster will come here on Saturday wanting to make a point, they always do, which is why it is a good fixture. If we run out on the pitch giving any less than 100% we will be doing ourselves an injustice.

This is a very talented team, with strong individuals who can come together to put some fantastic rugby together, but at times it needs a bit more communication, composure and intensity.
CH

4th XV v QEGS Penrith 2nd XV (A) Lost 61-19

A2 XV v Keswick (H) Won 34-17

C2 XV v Keswick (H) Lost 19-0
C2 had a ferocious encounter with this dogged Keswick side. There was nothing in it for a prolonged period of time, with no side giving an inch in defence until the away side squeezed a well-deserved try in on the last play of the half.

Despite playing with great width at times Sedbergh struggled to have impotence when on the ball and so making line breaks proved difficult. Keswick took their chances in the second half to run away with the victory.
Overall the standard of the rugby this young side are trying to play has risen enormously and the performances are always improving. 
JSA

All Saturday rugby fixtures v RGS Lancaster were cancelled due to weather conditions.

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