A try from Sam Royle and a conversion from Ellis Whorlton-Jones were just enough to secure victory against Dartford GS U12A team in an exciting encounter this morning. Meanwhile in the B team match, a strong all round performance from our boys was not quite enough to overcome our opponents with Jamie Butterfield scoring Arnold's try in a 15 - 7 defeat.
On Thursday evening, the 1st XV took on Audenshaw School from East Manchester in the U18 Lancashire Plate Final. The match was played under floodlights on the large Liverpool St Helen's RUFC's main pitch. The match did not start well for Arnold as one of electric Audenshaw backs cut through the centres to give the Manchester school the lead after just two minutes. Sam Crowther landed a penalty for Arnold and then Jacob Nickson scored a good try to put the 1st XV in the lead.
Once again, Audenshaw's pace in the backs proved to be decisive as they cut loose once again to lead 14-10. However, midway through the second half, Harry McNulty finished off a flowing Arnold move to score in the corner and to give them a 15-14 lead. The 1st XV had enjoyed much of the possession and, in term's of a team effort, probably deserved the victory. However, rugby is a sport of pace and power and with minutes remaining the same Audenshaw back broke free again and, despite a stunning tackle from Nick Costello five metres out, Audenshaw managed to score from the ruck to claim an exciting 21-15 win.
The 1st XV have now won eleven of their twenty-two matches this season and captain and vice-captain, Josh Beaumont and Nick Costello, can feel rightly proud of their own efforts and those of their team-mates this season. With one match left against the Old Arnoldians this coming Sunday, Nick Costello is one short of scoring 100 tries for the school. He has 99 tries from 119 15-a-side matches. We wish him luck!
The U12 7s squad played in their first and only 7s tournament of the season. They displayed plenty of pace, skill and promise before losing out in the quarter-finals to home side, Wirral GS, by 26-17. In the group matches they drew with Manchester GS 12-12 with Ellis Whorlton-Jones and Ben Pearson the try scorers. A 24-7 loss to Altrincham GS was then followed up with a superb 38-0 victory over Bramhall HS. Whorlton-Jones and Tom Riley both scored twice, with Jamie Bamber crossing for the fifth try.
This week sees the U13, U16 and 1st VII travel to the National Schoolboy 7s at Rosslyn Park in London.