MF Clinton, Dean, Anderson, Roebuck, Avison, Daglish, Horsefield, Norburn, Green,
Beynon, Mr Towers, Wellings, Belk, Mr Harrison, Cox.
(Photo & Names courtesy of Martyn Roebuck)
RUGGER has now entered its fifth season, and prospects for the future are brighter than ever. The 1st XV, after a shaky start against the Old Boys XV, have won 4 of the 8 matches so far played, the most satisfactory being the 23-9 defeat of Mount St. Mary's. Under the skilful captaincy of Wellings and with everybody in the team determined to make ground if possible, coupled with an increasing sense of the importance of opening up the game when in attack, we have been able to cross the line to the tune of 91 points. But for the failure of the three-quarters to make sure of their man every time, and slowness to corner-flag on the part of the forwards, this figure would have been sufficient to give us victory in almost every match.
The forwards ably led by Roebuck have proved very penetrating in attack and openings made by the "back row" have been eagerly followed up, Vickers being a conspicuous forward in these rushes, and Beynon as open-side wing forward playing an excellent spoiling game. The backs have also made some good openings, with the two centres and Dean, an ever-improving scrum-half, often prominent. Perhaps next term the team's defence will be as good as its attack, and we may look forward to an even better record.
We would like to thank Mr. Harrison and Mr. Towers, whose coaching and unfailing support have made this improvement possible.
C. J. B.
For the Colts XV this has been a more successful term than their last, although there were only three recruits from the whole of the Fourth Year. This latter fact, coupled with the constant demands of the 1st XV meant that on no occasion have we been able to turn out a team at full strength in a school game.
As usual, we have shown our main strength amongst the forwards during loose play, but tardiness in heeling and slow service from the base of the scrum have meant that the back division has rarely been able to function with speed and penetration. The strength of the back division lay in the right flank and this was quickly spotted by opponents, who marked it keenly; thus preventing attacks from developing since they had little or nothing to fear from the left wing. The trouble has been that those boys who showed promise as backs have, only too often, failed to come up to standard in school games. However, positioning, kicking and tackling at full-back have been very adequate and many attacking moves have originated from that position in recent games. The team as a whole has fallen on the ball very well, but shown a marked reluctance to tackle and pass. We believe that the general standard has risen this term, and this was borne out by the further decreased deficit in the game against Worksop College.
WE can now see in perspective a season which for the first time can be called reasonably successful. The XV is now playing fast, lively rugger. It is working together as a team and we have seen enterprising teamwork which has resulted in many a try. The forwards now move as a body and the three-quarters, if lacking somewhat in penetration, are always in close support of one another. The problem position has been that of full-back, and we have had three full-backs, which tends to throw the harmony of the team out of key.
Unfortunately the weather this term has spoilt far too much rugby. Injuries and illness have also contrived to weaken the team and make the record not as good as we had hoped. However it was on the question of practice that we were worst hit by the weather. It prevented us from any practice for too long a period, consequently on playing a fast match the team's performance fell away in the second half and its former smooth working precision, although occasionally resurrected, never achieved the pitch to which we have grown accustomed.
Daglish and Avison, the two prop-forwards, have played well but both must learn to jump in the line-outs and be quicker to react generally and in particular to cover across. These are faults common to most of the team, costing us many points. The two second row locks, Norburn and Vickers, have been prominent and Vickers now possesses a keen rugger sense and he should be of great use to the team in the future. The back row of the scrum this season have been the best we have seen. Beynon, apart from the last match, has played consistently well, most ably supported by Belk. They have been the bane of all our opponents' half-backs. Between them these two can claim the lion's share in the points scored. The forwards have been well served by their hooker and leader, Roebuck, who is to be congratulated on his fine line-out play.
Behind the scrum Dean and Anderson have worked harmoniously but Anderson must learn to pass the ball more quickly. This lack of speed in passing, also common to the rest of the backs, has resulted in a loss of advantage more than once. The outstanding three-quarter of the season has been Cox whose breaks and dummies are a joy to behold. The other three-quarters have moved up well and lack nothing in determination. But failure of the backs to tackle and of the forwards to corner-flag has accounted for far too large a number of points scored against us.
The team's failures have come from lapses, not by any one member of the team, but by the forwards one week and the next by the backs. Fielding the ball could also be improved and a better standard of kicking would be welcomed. However with only forty boys in the senior school playing rugger we have a just claim to be proud. Considering the conditions, this season's First XV is a good team.
As always our thanks are due to Mr. Harrison and Mr. Towers who have done so much for the team this season. Theirs is also the success the First XV can claim this year.
Bad weather prevented most of this term's matches from being played and only three fixtures were completed. A very hard game at Rowlinson Technical School at the beginning of term resulted in a draw; at Stockport; where Bruster retired with a broken finger in the opening minutes, the match was lost; and a defeat was suffered against Thorpe after a very closely fought and robust game.
It is impossible to speak of progress made during the term, but it has been pleasing to see Fearne emerge as a promising winger and Daglish and Davison return to something like their earlier form. It is to be hoped that the enthusiasts will, before next season, spread the "gospel" to members of next year's Fifth Form where the shortage of players is likely to be felt most strongly.
E. R. W.
|Sept. 14||v. Old Edwardians||(H)||Won 9-0|
|Sept. 24||v. Old Edwardians||(H)||Lost 27-11|
|Oct. 15||v. Barnsley G.S...||(A)||Lost 19-3|
|Oct. 22||v. Mount St. Mary's 2nd||(H)||Won 23-9|
|Nov. 19||v. Worksop 3rd||(A)||Lost 8-6|
|Dec. 3||v. Lady Manners School||(A)||Lost 27-0|
|Dec. 10||v. Sheffield Under 18 Colts||(H)||Won 23-6|
|Dec. 14||v. Dronfield G.S.||(A)||Won 6-5|
|Jan. 14||v. Stockport G.S. 2nd||(A)||Won 6-0|
|Mar. 7||v. High Storrs G.S.||(Abandoned with 20 mins. to play and with 1st XV winning 6-0).|
|Mar. 10||v. Lady Manners School||(A)||Lost 18-3|
|Mar. 17||v. Thorpe G.S. 2nd||(H)||Lost 11-9|
|Played 12, Won 5, Lost 6, Abandoned 1, Cancelled 5.|
|Sept. 24||v. Hartley Brook School||(A)||Won 11-10|
|Oct. 15||v. Rowlinson School||(A)||Lost 8-3|
|Oct. 22||v. Coleridge Road School||(H)||Lost 14-13|
|Nov. 19||v. Worksop College||(A)||Lost 12-3|
|Dec. 3||v. Rowlinson School||(H)||Drew 3-3|
|Jan. 14||v. Stockport Colts||(A)||Lost 19-5|
|Mar. 17||v. Thorpe G.S. Colts||(H)||Lost 18-9|
Played 7, Won 1, Drawn 1, Lost 5, Cancelled 6.