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Saturday, 18 March 2017
Bolton School U14s’ rugby team ended a good season by reaching the Lancashire County Schools’ Finals’ Day after impressive wins against Audenshaw and Hutton in earlier rounds.
The impressive setting of Fylde RUFC provided the venue for Bolton to take on local rivals Standish High School. A slow start from Bolton allowed Standish to gain the upper hand before Bolton could have taken three points with a penalty, a decision to run it led to Bolton being held up just short and Standish then took hold of the game to take a 12 point lead. After a great period of Bolton possession, once again the Standish defence stood firm and a turnover led to a further try and a half time lead of 19-0 to Standish.
The second half started well for Bolton, but yet another turn over led to a fourth try against Bolton. The next fifteen minutes, with all Bolton’s replacements on, saw them dominate the game and score two quick tries. An outside chance of a comeback was briefly on but Standish managed to regroup and scored a final try to finish deserved winners by 29 points to 10.
Coaches Mr Fernside and Mr Watkinson said: “Congratulations to all the U14 squad who have improved immensely over the year, a result of responding to a hard regular training regime. Many thanks also to all our parents who travelled to Fylde to give us fantastic support.”
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