2nd XV v Giggleswick (H) Won 50 – 0 
A2 XV Giggleswick (H) – Won 27-10
Slow start made by A2’s and an even first half ended with the score 5-5. Much improved second half saw Sedbergh score four tries with significant impact made from a strong replacement bench.

B2 XV v Cockermouth (H) Won 36 – 31
A powerful forward display gave Sedbergh the edge in what was a very tight and entertaining match.

C2 XV v Cockermouth (H) – Won 45 – 10
Once again this C2 squad stepped up their game to put in a solid performance against a weak Cockermouth side. The boys worked well in attack, exploiting space well and using the full width of the pitch continuously.

Although the overall performance was pleasing, some work will be to be undertaken in making first up tackles, in order to deny opposition chances to break the gain line. Special mentions must go to Charlie Scott; whose evasive running was often too much for the visitors to handle, landing him two tries and also Chris Park-Johnson; who distributed the ball well and showed commitment throughout. 

Saturday fixtures – 27/09/14

1st XV v Merchiston Castle (H) Won 29 – 24
In a tense and very close finish Sedbergh edged out Merchiston in a classic come from behind victory on Buskholme.

After a close first half with both teams scoring two tries apiece Sedbergh went into the halftime break behind on the scoreboard for the first time this season. Just three minutes into the second half Merchiston scored again to extend their lead after a very patient attack.

With the pressure on, Sedbergh responded positively with a brilliant fifteen minute period that changed the game. John McPhillips added a penalty after long spells of Sedbergh possession and narrowed the Merchiston lead to seven points. Sedbergh then went straight back on the attack with thirteen phases of relentless pressure resulting in outstanding Captain Freddie Renwick finishing off a brilliant try under the Merchiston posts.

With the score’s even Sedbergh then scored directly from the next kick off in what was the try of the day to Harry Halsall who ran 60 metres to score and complete a brilliant hat trick of tries for the match. Sedbergh now had the lead at 29 – 24 with fifteen minutes remaining. The last quarter was an incredibly exciting period with both teams having opportunities to score more points. Sedbergh’s defence ultimately held strong after some desperate tackling on their own line to seal victory for the home side.

Tries – Halsall 3, Renwick 1
McPhillips 3 cons, 1 pen

2nd XV v Merchiston Castle (H) Won 28 – 5 
A great game for a side that is now starting to show real progress and potential. Viktor Kravchenko was again outstanding in a winning performance.

3rd XV v Merchiston Castle (H) Won 26 – 12
Another much changed team took the field after a poor week of training, we have spoken about the fact that we need to make the most of the few training sessions we have. We play so many fixtures that we have to make the most of the few training sessions we have.

Both sides were fired up for the fixture and at times there was danger that the emotion would get in the way of the rugby.

After 10 minutes of exchange Sedbergh won quick ball and managed to get Topham under the posts, which Brown converted. Sedbergh could not win lineout and it was very frustrating to see the boys unable to react and change their approach.

Corder did manage to score from some smart back play, teh scrum were managing to win all ball and made good use of what they had, Brown played well at No8 and Cowell managed the game well at flyhalf.

Half time saw some changes including Jonty Clark (p) playing for te opposition, he did exceptionally well. 
A break away from the Sedbergh half saw a series of off loads which saw Jackson go under the posts from half way- strong and quick he enjoys running with the ball in hand.

From the kick off MCS scored immediately. To bring the score to 21-12. This led to a very good and intense final 15 minutes. The game was sealed 2 minutes from time by an interception try from Tom Robinson (p)
A good game but Monday and Tuesday are important.

Won 26-12
Tries: Topham, Corder, Jackson, Robinson
Cons: Brown x3

4th XV v Merchiston Castle (A) Lost 10 – 36
The score was not reflective of the game as the 4th XV put in a very brace performance. The boys worked hard and never gave up.

A1 XV v Merchiston Castle (A) Lost 19 – 24
Playing against a stiff breeze in the first half we were Ill-disciplined and found ourselves regularly penalised and were punished by some excellent goal kicking. However we gradually found our rhythm and scored good tries through Madronal and Stewart to go into half-time 12-12 (2 tries to 4 penalties).

When we scored next through Chamberlain it seemed that we had things under control but poor tactics and an inability to look after the ball gifted 2 scores to Merchiston who then defended courageously to hold on for a win. 

A2 XV v Merchiston Castle (A) Won 36 – 5
Sedbergh played well with the elements in first half (wind and slope) and gained a healthy lead at half time. The second half performance though was even better with impact again off the bench and the backs producing some brilliant handling. Harry BOLTON having a storming game in the second row. 

B1 XV v Merchiston Castle (H) Won 40 – 19
Sedbergh were 14-19 down at half time to a dogged and determined Merchiston side but superior fitness and power allowed Brown to ease away in the second half. 

B2 XV v Merchiston Castle (H) Won 60 – 5
A strong start, especially up front, took us to an early lead and allowed us to use all 8 replacements; including 4 who only began rugby this term, (3 of them scored!) a great start to their careers in Brown.

C1 XV v Merchiston Castle (A) Won 61 – 12
C1 took a while to get going in this match, with problems at the breakdown denying any clean ball early on. Careless work in defence out wide allowed Merchiston to go 5-0 up; our habit of gifting our opposition easy points early on is getting annoying. Happily the boys responded accordingly and enjoyed sustained periods of possession which were to take the game away from the opposition. 

Captain Tom Russell had a highly effective game at 6, popping up all over the pitch, whilst Jake Hill and his namesake Harry both made useful inroads around the fringes and in midfield. The backs scored some good individual tries but lacked depth and fluency at times, and organisation in defence still needs some work.

Overall, though, a satisfying job of work in our first away fixture of the season. 

C2 XV v Merchiston Castle (A) Won 20 – 0
Another great performance from this C2 squad who have managed to considerably improve since their mid-week fixture. Although four great tries were scored, it was the defensive play that lead to each score which was the most pleasing to see.

The boys were well structured throughout and once again used width and depth in counter-attack to completely play the opposition off the pitch. Although it was a great team performance overall, special mentions must go to max twiddle; who was pivotal in defence, Oliver cope; who distributed quick ball and provided attacking opportunities in abundance and tom jones ; who was electric when running from deep.


Forty Club Golf Competition
On Wednesday 24th Sedbergh took a young golf team Captained by Daniel Hamill to Pleasington Golf Club to compete in the annual 40 Club golf tournament. Siblings Molly and Archie Davies showed their fantastic golfing ability scoring points on the majority of holes.

Sedbergh carded a very respectable 91 points and thought they were in with a shot until they were beaten by a somewhat unbelievable score from Bolton School of 108. A brilliant day of golf with 3 pupils who sum up the ethos of the school so well, both Molly and Archie look forward to returning next year and carding an even better score.  

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