School Claims Lancashire U16 Rugby Plate
Saturday, 21 March 2015
Bolton School U16s' team produced one of the best defensive rugby displays ever seen by a Bolton School side. After conceding a try early in the game to Morecambe High School - and probably against the run of play - a penalty put the score at 3-5. As the scoreboard finally began to tick over, Bolton took the upper hand. Two tries then gave the School a 13-5 lead, though with all the possession and territory enjoyed, a large Bolton crowd thought more points should have been on the board. Playing with the wind behind them, the large and physical Morecambe side came back at Bolton. Time after time the Bolton team tackled the hard runners, but the line held firm until, with ten minutes to go, the forwards turned the ball over and Rohan Patel set off for the try line; some 60 metres later, a high tackle prevented him from scoring and the referee awarded a penalty try which was comfortably converted by Jamie Currie.
Morecambe replied and scored out on the wing but missed the conversion. With the game coming to an end Morecambe camped on the Bolton line and a superb cover tackle by George Lilywhite, the Bolton full back, kept the score at 20-10. Bolton ran down the clock and eventually kicked the ball off the pitch to finish the game, bringing great cheers from the massed ranks of Bolton School supporters. Captain Patrick Hargreaves took his battle-hardened players to the presentation to lift the Lancashire U16s' plate.
Coach Mr Fernside said: "Congratulations to the whole squad and a big thank you to all the supporters who travelled to the match."
Earlier in the day, the U15s could not make it a plate double for the school, as they lost narrowly 15-10 to AKS Lytham, who completed a very good season, adding the county plate to their three sevens' competition victories. Bolton's U15s battled hard, but could not convert some good periods of possession into points. Congratulations go to the whole Bolton squad on reaching the schools' finals.