KES Rugby 1st XV 1952/53

[KES mag Spring 53]

This season has shown a distinct improvement in the play of both the 1st XV and the Colts. The 1st XV have played 13 matches, winning 5 and losing 8. The Colts have played 5, winning 2 and losing 3.

The 1st XV has managed to remain unchanged throughout most of the season, and has greatly benefited thereby, and when the three-quarters were at full strength the team was a force to be reckoned with, as we saw in the match against the City Grammar School when we won by 16 pts. to 8.

J V Rooks, M A R Johnson, J H Nowill, M A Alexander, D R Robinson, R B Gregory, J Kaye (Johnny), C Twyford, Alan Lambert, J R Miller, D G N Helliwell.
D G Milne, W D Cousin, Mr N L Clapton, D J Rippon (capt), Mr D B Harrison, D J Henderson, J Maddock.

Photo + Names courtesy of John Miller

The opposition has varied considerably from the strong, well-balanced teams such as Chesterfield and Doncaster, who beat us soundly, to the smaller, less experienced Central Technical School XV whom we beat by 44 pts. to 3, and who were later beaten by the Colts by 6 pts. to 5.

Since many of the 1st XV are stopping on next year, the School's third Rugby season should be a successful one. The Colts have learnt much this year and should do well with a larger fixture list next season. On the last day of term we are holding an inter-house seven-a-side knock-out competition which should be most enjoyable.

D. J. R.