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QEGS Wakefield 29 - 5 Wirral GS

QEGS reach another NatWest Schools U15 Cup final

Last Updated: Mar 9, 2015 03:49pm
Wakefield East, Wakefield
By Paul Bolton
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Two memorable second-half tries helped QEGS Wakefield to reach a third successive NatWest Schools Under 15s Cup final at Twickenham later this month.

No 8 Edan Kelly, one part of a forceful back row, finished off a splendid team effort just after half-time while wing Jacob Mounsey later wriggled his way through the Wirral defence for a fine individual try.

QEGS, who have lost the two previous Under 15s finals to Warwick, dominated Wirral GS for large parts of the match and won by four tries to one, the first coming in the 21st minute from flanker Sachin Gogna. Max Hanson, the other member of an uncompromising back row, kicked three conversions and a penalty.

A hard-fought first half had seen QEGS enjoying the bulk of territory for a 10-0 lead at the break. They had taken the initiative from the fourth minute through a penalty goal from Hanson.

It proved to be QEGS’ forwards who took charge of the match by dominating the line-outs whether on their own ball or on Wirral’s.

QEGS first try came from a rolling maul off a line-out after a prolonged period of pressure which ended in Gogna, the blindside flanker, forcing his way over.

Hanson converted to put his team 10-0 up after 21 minutes. The teams then locked horns for the final 10 minutes of the half.

The match swung decisively towards QEGS at the start of the second half when a succession of off loads led to Kelly’s try, the No 8 barging his way over after taking a pass some 20 metres out. Hanson converted again to increase the lead to 17-0.

Wirral needed points and responded by setting up camp in the QEGS 22. They ignored one opportunity to kick a penalty and the gamble paid, after fly half Lucas Titherington had been held up, when centre Will Tyrer forced his way over.

But no sooner had Wirral got back into the contest then they allowed Mounsey to escape on the right, the wing using his pace and step to run some 35 metres for an excellent try. To finish off QEGS fly half Tom Stephenson scored a fourth try in the closing minutes. Hanson converted.

The match was delayed towards the end due to a head injury to Tyrer, the Wirral centre. He was carried off as a precaution to have treatment for suspected concussion.

What they said…

Trevor Barker, director of rugby for QEGS, said: “If we can be a bit more clinical then we will be a real threat in the final. I would say the No 8’s try was a great team try. We kept recycling the ball and it all came together for a very good score.

“The wing’s try by Jacob was a great individual try. We have one or two really talented lads and Jacob is one of them.  He’s not bad for a lad who is a year under age. Our back-row are always a hard-working group.

“We will go back to Twickenham aiming to be very competitive. The whole school will be behind us so it will be another special day for us all – whether players, coaches or supporters.”

Phil Crowley, head coach for Wirral GS, said: “We never got going. I don’t want to take anything away from Wakefield because they are a very good side. But we never got going in midfield.

“We are very disappointed but the lads must remember that it’s a great achievement to get this far in a competition with 500 or so teams taking part. We have it a good go. The scoreline is slightly flattering but we did concede one or two soft tries.”

QEGS Wakefield: Harry Thompson; Eddison Munoz, Joseph Gatus, Harry Kelly, Jacob Mounsey; Tom Stephenson (capt), Alessandro Longo; Jasper McGuire, Connor Stevenson, Daniel Paxman, Jack Mann, James Crabtree, Sachin Gogna, Max Hanson, Edan Kelly.

Replacements: Theo Fulton, Rahaam Parikhaah, Will Tower, Callum Scott, Oliver Wigglesworth, Elliott Sanderson, Neville Sawadye.

Tries: : Gogna, Kelly, Wood, Stephenson. Conversions: Hanson (3). Penalty goal: Hanson.

Wirral GS: Stephen Higgins; Muhammed Hyatt, Jack Nelson (capt), Will Tyrer, Sam Wood; Lucas Titherington, George Manger; Matthew Austin, Cameron Peberdy, Calum Heslop, Sam Gregory, Charlie Carter, Ben Thomas, Sean Hayes, Josh Kenyon.

Replacements: Ben O’Connor, Jacob Ainscough, Will Sass, Morgan Christian, Joe van Eker, Andrew Galliers, Jamie Taylor.

Photo: The Daily Telegraph

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