U15 Daily Mail Cup, Round 1 - to view pictures from the match please visit AKS TV
AKS U15A 46 Rossall School 10
Our U15A side roared into the second round of the Daily Mail Cup after an emphatic and entertaining derby match against Rossall School.
Rossall started brightly but after Sam Royle had scored two tries in the first 10 minutes it was very much one way traffic until half-time as the AKS boys looked to pass the ball wide at every opportunity, with forwards and backs combining superbly.
Tom Riley led the backline brilliantly from 10 and he linked well with Shea O'Hanlon and Callum Hendry, who were both always keen to get the ball to the flying back three of Royle, Charlie Kenyon and Oliver Webb. Webb finished off a flowing team move as he sprinted past four would-be tacklers from 40 metres out.
A few minutes later it was the turn of Kenyon who picked up a loose ball to dance and side-step his way to the try line to make it 24-0 after just as many minutes. Royle completed his hat-trick before half-time as he was the beneficiary of yet another following team move, as he raced in untouched from 30 metres out.
The forwards were more than playing their part, and with Rory Douglas and George Rowley, AKS have two of the fittest and most committed players on the pitch. Jamie Broadbent was running aggressively and strongly from no.8 and Matthew Worsnip and Ben Pearson have the handling skills as good as many centres.
A 29-0 half-time lead was more than deserved but Rossall more than played their part with their strong running 13 and no.8 causing problems.
Six substitutions were made at the start of the second half, but this did nothing to stop the AKS flow, as Joe Barrow and Sam Proctor now led the AKS backline at 9 and 10 and Jamie Bamber and Joe Haydar were on the wings. Bamber nearly finished off yet another superb team move, but after dancing around three defenders he was tackled just short of the line.
Sam Royle, now playing at centre, scored his fourth try, and there was a brillaint team try finished off by the impressive Shea O'Hanlon. Bill Gavin, in his first game back after injury, scored a close-range try which he fully deserved after a hard and aggressive match, and this completed the scoring at 46-10, with Rossall scoring two good late tries. Callum Hendry added three conversions.
Zach Evans, Aidan Bell-Smith, Kishan Mistry and James Luo all had good games, with Luo really impressing with his play in the loose.
AKS will now have the formidable task of playing last year's county finalists, Lancaster RGS, at home in the next round. We wish them well.