Match Report
Denstone College Boys-U15A vs  Kirkham Grammar School
On: Saturday, 07 Oct 2017
Venue: at Home


U15A vs Kirkham Grammar School


This victory for the U15A’s could potentially be a turning point in the season as the squad produced their best performance which should provide confidence and belief against a good Kirkham outfit.

The tone of this physical encounter was set from the first minute with both team’s intent on dominating the forward battle before releasing their backs. Denstone were the first to score forcing a scrum five metres from the Kirkham line after a prolonged spell of pressure, Oscar Smith-Canham powered his way over, wide on the left, with Edward Whirledge unable to add the extras. In the space of two minutes the game was turned on its head with Kirkham capitalising on a mistake directly from the restart to score and Denstone compounded this error by failing to kick the restart ten metres and Kirkham scored from the resulting scrum. Both tries were converted. Typically, the 15A’s showed great resilience by nullifying the Kirkham danger men and playing the game in the opposition’s half, with some effective kicking and offloading. Oscar Smith-Canham scored his second try with a destructive run from thirty metres, shrugging off several attempted tackles. Tom Coton ensured Denstone led at the interval, following numerous phases deep into Kirkham’s twenty-two, Coton muscled his way over from a Paddy Fitzgerald pass. Sam Clarke added the extras. Denstone 17 Kirkham 14.

Shortly after the restart Denstone would have to again chase the game. A missed tackle from the scrum resulted in Kirkham’s elusive winger scoring another converted try. For the remainder of the match, Denstone managed the game and showed great resolve to run out comfortable winners. Playing into the wind Denstone maintained possession for long periods utilising the driving maul on numerous occasions one resulting in a third Oscar Smith-Canham try. The final two tries came in almost identical fashion as first Tom Coton added his second, running at a small gap in the defence to score from fifth-teen metres and likewise Oscar Smith-Canham from a similar distance. All three were converted by Sam Clarke.

Denstone refused Kirkham a passage back into the game, despite a line break Jack Gilman executed an excellent trademark tackle from full-back to seal victory.