Rugby round-up: Blackpool Stanley, Kirkham GS, AKS

Blackpool Stanley on the break
Blackpool Stanley on the break
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Blackpool Stanley RL enjoyed an excellent win and it was another bumper week of school rugby action

Blackpool Stanley RL U15 34

Leyland Warriors 16

It certainly seems like there is a glut of talent shows on TV these days. And the daddy of them all was Pop Idol.

It’s fair to say that Leyland weren’t expecting a star performance from Stanley, seeing as Stanley have been nilled twice on the bounce. But like a squeaky voiced Pop Idol warbler, Stanley were about to show “anything is possible”.

A try from Jordan Hindley in the opening minutes put Stanley on the front foot. Matt Webster put the ball down for a second and it seemed Stanley were having things their own way but Leyland hit back to make it 10-10 at half-time.

The second half of the match was a bit like the second round of X Factor. On the show they throw the individuals from the auditions together for a group performance.

Stanley, fired up from the first half and together with some stage direction from assistant coach Mark Holden and were back in form.

Double act Danny Stretton and Dean Harding gave their usual performance in defence as Stanley tries came from Nathan Winter, CJ Tyrell, George Guy and Matt Webster.

Conversions from Webster and Phil Hardy-Dearness all added to the tally of points. Webster’s third try of the day was a definite match highlight.

He collected his own kick and, after a 35-yard sprint, he put the ball down between the posts! There was no need for Ant and Dec to reveal the results of any public vote.

Stanley were by far the strongest performers.


Kirkham Grammar School rugby First XV made it four wins in a row as they beat previously undefeated Lancaster Royal Grammar 27-12.

Kirkham took an early 8-0 lead through a Kieran Wilkinson penalty and a Lim Kirkpatrick try.

Lancaster reduced the arrears with an interception try before moving into a 12-8 lead.

At this point Kirkham were under real pressure for the first time this season but showed good resolve and fought back immediately with full-back Tom Carleton finishing off a well worked move to give KGS a 13-12 lead at half-time.

The second half was all about Kirkham as they scored 14 unanswered points with prop George Williams and centre Sam Dugdale making inroads in the Lancaster defence on numerous occasions which allowed Nick Ashcroft and Wilkinson to get among the try scorers.

With Wilkinson adding two conversions, KGS went clear and deservedly went on to win the game 27-12.

The Second XV beat RGS 22-11 in a keenly-fought contest.

Lancaster drew first blood with a dropped goal.

Kirkham hit back, captain Ed Lavelle setting up Gabrial Bland for a try in the corner.

Grady Rawlinson added a further two tries for Kirkham, which proved decisive to the outcome.

Kirkham Under-16s beat Lancaster 34-0 thanks to tries by Walter (4) Minton and Dewhurst, who kicked a conversion, as did Goldborne.

Kirkham Under-15s maintained the winning trend as they beat Lancaster 29-5.

It was only 3-0 to Kirkham at half-time, but they cut loose after that.

Evan Powell notched a hat-trick of tries, while Tom Giles claimed another after being fed by Will Gargett.

Powell kicked two conversions and a penalty, while Hayward notched a penalty.

KGS Under-14 lost out 8-7 to Lancaster.

Kirkham’s cause was not helped by losing top try-scorer Archie Cooper to a broken collar-bone.

Lancaster took the lead with an unconverted try in the corner.

Oliver Mills scored under the posts for a converted try to give Kirkham the lead.

But the lead was short-lived as Kirkham infringed straight from the kick-off, allowing Lancaster to regain the lead and claim victory.

Kirkham Under-13 A team edged out Lancaster 17-15.

The Under-13 B team lost 24-5 to Lancaster.

The KGS under-12 A team beat Lancaster RGS 15-12.

Parkinson drew first blood for Kirkham with a try, and he added a second to take the score to 10-0 at half-time.

Lancaster hit back after the break and went in front 12-10 before Parkinson went over for his hat-trick try and the winner.

Kirkham Under-12 B team lost 40-10 to Lancaster RGS, their two tries coming from Charlie Hodgson and Harry Booth.


AKS U16s rugby team made progress in the University Of Central Lancashire Floodlit Cup with a fine 33-12 win over Giggleswick.

AKS took control after an early setback in a match played at Preston Grasshoppers’ ground.

Adam Iredale’s fine tackle prevented AKS falling further behind before accurate kicking from James Cowburn created an opportunity for Joshua Moreau to score the first of his five tries.

AKS left 12-5 at half-time but Giggleswick hit back to equalise.

A turnover allowed Sam Kyle-Clay to suck defenders in and Charles Shaw ran 70 metres before offloading for Moreau to complete his hat-trick. Frasier Stanier gliding around his man to score between Moreau’s final two tries.