U12A 37 Giggleswick 0
The U12A rugby team, playing in their first ever fixture, produced a dominant performance against a committed Giggleswick side to notch up a well-deserved 37-0 victory.
The AKS forwards were aggressive and combatative with Reece Chadwick and Samuel Hackett particularly effective in creating a platform for the backs to produce a display of running rugby.
Two quicksilver tries by Jake Brown and an outstanding individual try by Max Buckingham meant that AKS gained an early lead which they never looked like losing.
A large number of substitutions were made and over 21 boys played, suggesting that there is real strength in depth in the squad. This was a most accomplished performance that bodes well for the season ahead.
A more detailed match report will follow from Mr Rudd.
U13A 34 Giggleswick 12
The AKS U13 rugby side took on Giggleswick School, fresh off the back of two good performances from the previous week.
AKS started well showing patience in attack and they moved the ball quickly with the help of Ryan Evans, Tom Wyatt and James Cowburn, who put the visitors under pressure with their quick thinking and good decision making. The forwards worked hard during the week in training on their rucking skills, and this clearly played off with the forward power of Spencer Barker, George Dale and Oliver Wilkinson-Grey blasting the Giggleswick side off the ball on every possible occasion. James Cowburn acted quickest and pounced on a mistake by the visitors to put the AKS side into an early lead.
The lead was doubled minutes later, with an impressive worked move from the AKS back line, to put Charles Shaw into space to cross the Giggleswick line. Just on the stroke of half time Ben Holmes placed a useful kick deep into the visitors 22, resulting in a lineout. Josh Moreau leapt like a salmon, to pinch the ball, and proceeded to set up the maul for Matthew Clayton to crash over the line from close range.
The second half started much in the same way as the first, with the AKS pack being powerful and aggressive, with Alexander Douglas always putting pressure onto the Giggleswick backline, some would say rather Stephen Ferris like! He worked hard in both defence and attack and fully deserved his two tries. Jack Worsley crashed over the line in the final minutes of the game to top off another great performance from the AKS side.
The stand out performance has to be from Charlie Cadley who was excellent in both defence and attack. Final Score 34-12.
U14A 22 Giggleswick 10
The first fifteen minutes of the U14A match were played at a furious pace with AKS testing Giggleswick's defence. The forwards played with patience and some excellent ball carrying from Lewis Ellison and Mark Bricklebank allowed the backs to push into Giggleswick's twenty-two. The pressure finally paid off and AKS were awarded a penalty five metres from Giggleswick's try line. The penalty was taken well and Declan Browell powered over the line for the first score of the game; Kyle Macaulay scoring the extra two points from the conversion.
Giggleswick were quick to take advantage of a couple of missed tackles and pulled the score back to 7-5. AKS settled down and were soon back in Giggleswick's half where another penalty set Declan up for a second try. Giggleswick scored next leaving AKS leading by just two points at half-time.
The second half started well for AKS and after a scrum on Giggleswick's twenty-two the ball was spun out to the opposite touch-line where Ed Farrer crashed over the line to score a fine try. AKS continued to play good, flowing rugby and maintained pressure on Giggleswick who eventually gave away a penalty on their own five metre line - AKS opted for the scrum and set Declan up for his second hat trick of the week. The final score line was 22-10 with AKS leaving the pitch having played a good, solid game of rugby.
U15A 31 Giggleswick 12
The U15A produced yet another dazzling display of running rugby as they triumphed 31-12 in a very entertaining encounter with both teams looking to send the ball wide as much as possible. AKS showed their intent from the first scrum on their own 22 as the ball was expertly sent through the hands and Sam Royle nearly opened the scoring after a 70 metre run. AKS did score first with full back, Ellis Whorlton-Jones, released down the left hand wing and he dived in superbly to score a wonderful try after aggressive work by the forwards and sublime handling from Shea O'Hanlon and Callum Hendry. Hendry then kicked a breathtaking conversion from wide out for a 7-0 lead.
AKS then made it 14-0 with a try in the right hand corner. Once again fast ruck ball from the mobile AKS pack, saw Tom Riley launch an attack down the right and fast hands saw the elusive and agile, Charlie Kenyon, dart over for a very well taken score. Hendry once again sent the conversion over from the touchline.
14-0 became 21-0 at half-time and this time it was scrum-half, Matthew Barrett, who displayed wonderful pace off the mark and strength, as he beat three men after a good pass from Jamie Broadbent from a scrum 35 metres out. 21-0 at half time was a fabulous score, if not a misleading score, as Giggleswick were always very much in the half but the AKS side were clinical in attack.
The second half saw Sam Royle, who always looked dangerous, score two outstanding long range tries as the AKS backline really cut loose and if it had not been for some wonderful Giggleswick defence, the score could have been much more. Giggleswick had started the second half with a fine team try and they also finished the half from the last play of the match with another good try after a quick tap penalty. As much as the backs scored the tries, it was the AKS forwards who set up the platform and worked tirelessly in the rucks with Zach Evans and George Rowley aggressive throughout and Jamie Broadbent making some terrific tackles. Rory Douglas is a constant nuisance to opposing sides at the breakdown and there were good matches from Matthew Worsnip and all of the AKS front row.
2nd XV Spartans 19 Giggleswick 26
The 2nd XV Spartans started well. Ali Harper made some early yards and once again Tom Lanigan ruled the lineout. Some more pressure from the forwards forced a loose pass and Oliver Mills scored a captain's try to take the lead.
A series of needless penalties led to a couple of easy tries for Giggleswick. The home side forced a turnover and quick hands saw yet another try in the corner to make it 21-7.
Fortunately the Spartans fought back straight away gaining good territory. Despite being penalised on a frustrating frequency the pack won a quick ruck under the posts. Some accurate passing found Oliver Mills in full flight for his second score and Tyne Davies made it 21-14 at half time.
Giggleswick got the first score of the half with a very well taken blind side move. Once again the Spartans found their rhythm broken up by transgressing at the breakdown.
The final try of the game was perhaps the best as Myles Dunlop was put into space but despite late pressure no further scores meant the first loss of the season for the Spartans.
1st XV 15 Giggleswick 42
This was to be first official outing of the AKS 1st XV, something that was certainly not lost on any of the players. Despite all good intentions, early preparation was hindered by heavy traffic on the rural roads of North Yorkshire. Nonetheless, AKS began brightly and worked hard to stick to the game plan in the opening exchange, although better use of the elements in the first half would have eased the pressure at times.
As it was, the far bigger and stronger Giggleswick pack began to penetrate and suck in defenders. An early try was conceded but was shortly followed by a well struck Andrew Walkden penalty. Three moments of madness were then to cost AKS very dear. Following missed tackles close to the breakdown the second try was conceded and then, from the kick-off, worse was to come.AKS allowed the opposing fly-half to dance his way to the line from deep in his own half, only to be repeated a minute later as the fullback did the same. AKS were now 28-3 down at half-time.
From this point on AKS showed tremendous character. Good composure and continuity from the pack enabled Charles Laycock to drive his way over from close range which was converted by Walkden. The opposition were then reduced to 14. In gaining momentum, AKS had better field position from which to launch a series of attacks and Walkden was on hand to finish off an excellent team move to score wide out on the left, to reduce the deficit to 28-15.
Despite finishing strongly, it was Giggleswick who sealed the match with two long range scores in the last three minutes, with the score line, 15-42, sadly painting a very different complexion of the game.
Although this wasn’t the result we were after, the manner in which the team played certainly provides a solid platform on which to build. The highlight of the game was certainly how the six U16 players stepped up to the mark, and the way in which the team showed great discipline throughout. Matthew Garrod produced some lineout possession of real quality, and the workrate of Matt Patterson, Alex Stanier and Will Nickson certainly didn’t go unnoticed; Matthew McLaughlan and his front row colleagues worked well under pressure, whilst Harrison Kenworthy kicked intelligently and the midfield trio of Alex Vowles-Bradley, Josh Oldland and Elliot Fackey created a number of key line breaks.
Next week the U15B will be in action against QEGS Blackburn U15A on Thursday and then there will be A and B team fixtures and senior fixtures against Stonyhurst College on Saturday.