Sports Reports – 8th September 2014

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Rugby – 1st XV
The first XV got their season off to a solid start with an encouraging 10-10 draw against  a committed and hardworking Wolverhampton Grammar School. This was played as a trial game with four 15 minute quarters which, to some extent, affected the tempo and flow of the Ratcliffe side. The squad included 10 boys from Year 11 covering the absence of older boys owing to unavoidable Duke of Edinburgh commitments. Nonetheless, the entire match day squad was committed to line speed, defensive structures and aggressive in attack, with some strong well-rehearsed plays. A well taken try by Rory Thorne in the second quarter followed by a further score by Toby Smith from a penalty saw the game end 10-10. It was always going to be difficult to fast-track the blending of new ingredients such as Year 11 players, so this positive result will only make selection difficult for the weeks ahead and gives us great confidence for what will hopefully be a successful season.

The U15s got their season off to a cautious start over a much improved Wolverhampton side. Despite the lion’s share of possession and territory, they struggled to put together many phases. Tiree Cover sealed the victory in the second-half after finishing off a well-executed back row move between Ganesh Thapa and Man of the Match, Matthew Ward.

The U13s started their season well with a convincing 52 – 10 win against Wolverhampton. An excellent start and end to the game enabled Ratcliffe to score 8 tries in total with Captain Will Westwood scoring an impressive hat-trick. Harry Culpin had an excellent game dominating the line-out, as did Oliver Welch with some good midfield runs, but Men of the Match were Will Westwood and Joe Collier for their excellent all-round play.

Rory Thorne,
Boys’ Sports Captain.

Old Ratcliffian Hockey
A mixed group of students took on a strong Old Ratcliffian side on Sunday. With the girls only a week into training and the boys playing rugby this term, it was a good work out for all. It was nice to see a number of younger students putting on 1st team shirts for the first time and they all did themselves and the School proud in the 4 – 2 defeat. Sam Nightingale was Player of the Match.

Angharad Lloyd,
Girls’ Sports Captain.