Hospital given the treatment

Kirkham Grammar School's First XV started the year by edging out a strong side from Old Swinford Hospital School 15-12.

The Stourbridge school have made their mark in national competitions and were always likely to test a KGS side depleted by illness.

Old Swinford started well but the back row of Elliot Crowe, Bobby Garlington and Phil Cringle were in top form for KGS.

With prop Jon Evans also outstanding, scrum-half Charlie Swarbrick made some nice breaks and scored the opening try but Old Swinford hit back to lead 12-5 at half-time.

Breaks by fly-half Tom Hurst and centre Michael Simmonds pushed Old Swinford back and Hurst closed the gap with a penalty.

Centre Ben Jones forced his way over to put KGS in front with six minutes left.

The try followed a break by Hurst, whose conversion completef the scoring.

A try-saving tackle by Matthew Ellis in the dying seconds then secured a very pleasing victory.

KGS duo Evans and Simmonds have been selected for the North Under-18 squad and Matthew Beaty for the Under-16s. Old Swinford won the Second XV fixutre 24-10, having opened up a decisive 14-0 lead in the opening ten minutes.

Marcus Mollinga, Adam Galley and Mickey Papangelis inspired the KGS fightback, and Jack Ingham gave them hope with an excellent try ten minutes from time.

However, Old Swinford scored twice more to seal the win.

*THE first XV from King Edward VII and Queen Mary School won through to the fifth round of the Daily Mail Vase Cup with a 47-0 win over Macclesfield's Fallibroome High School.

The Cheshire school worked hard but it took only eight minutes for good passing to release Ross Collins for the first of his three tries.

Alex Grindrod and Collins dominated what was a scrappy first half, and Stuart Neill was first to react to a knock on by sending Rob Taylor over for a long-range try.

Taylor then turned providor for Emilio Arciniega to power between the posts. Two Matthew Goupil conversions made it 19-0 at half-time.

KEQMS upped the intensity as Charlie Cook, Neill and Edward Glynn all made breaks. Collins exchanged passes with Cook to score the try of the game. Cook scored himself before Chris Williams and man of the match Collins completed the try-scoring, all converted by Goupil.

Teacher Mr Holmes said: "This was a great team performance. They stuck to the structure even though the break from rugby did take its toll"

Sam Callaghan, Alistair Marquis Carr, Matthew Williams, Pearse Carson and Alex Grindrod were also in top form.

*King Edward VII & Queen Mary School sixth formers Robert Taylor and Ralph Dowds crossed the Pennines to attend rugby union trials with the North Under-18s.

Both players featured in the warm-up game against the Yorkshire Terriers invitation side which the North won 19-0.

The Lytham duo have been selection in teh 23-man squad for further training weekends, including one at Myerscough College, before the North side is named to face London & South East and South West in the Divisional Championship next month.

This tournament also serves as an England trial.