Sevens wins for KGS sides

Silverware: Kirkham Grammar's  Under-16s
Silverware: Kirkham Grammar's Under-16s

KIRKHAM Grammar School’s Under-16s and Under-14s are both celebrating Sevens glory.

The elder boys entered the Stonyhurst Sevens, in which they beat Bolton School 34-0 in their opening group game despite having only eight players because of a GCSE PE moderation.

They then met a strong Audenshaw team and lost 29-14, learning some important lessons.

It meant they needed to win their final group game andthey responded superbly, showing skill and commitment to beat St Ambrose College 36-7.

They maintained this form in the quarter-final against Birkenhead School winning 42-5.

The semi was far closer as KGS defied a Stonyhurst fightback to edge out the host school 26-24.

A large crowd gathered for the final against Lancaster RGS, who quickly scored two tries and looked to be taking control.

However, Kirkham responded with two tries of their own and edged in front at half-time.

Strong defence and good used of possession saw KGS add three more tries in the second half to run out 34-10 winners, with Mathew Beaty and Luke Woodward leading the way throughout the day.

At the Richard Wilson Invitational Sevens, KGS Under-14s won all four group games agains King Edward VII and Queen Mary (38-7), Sandbach (22-12), West Hill (45-0) and Giggleswick (26-5), with Connor Wilkinson and Cameron scoring most of the tries.

In the semi-final against Arnold, KGS won 40-7 with dominant forwards Alex Whalley, Daniel Broughton and Wilf Rhodes laying the playform.

Three early tries by Henry Cameron (2) and captain Wilkinson settled KGS in the final against Manchester GS, paving the way for a 39-14 victory.

The victorious squad was : Connor Wilkinson, Wilf Rhodes, Daniel Broughton, Alex Whalley, Daniel Radford, Connor Scott, Josh Powell, David King, Oscar Twitchett,Henry Cameron, Charlie Abbott and Scott Collins