1st XV Rugby v St Edwards
The biggest rugby fixture in the calendar came around on Saturday, as the 1st XV made the short trip over to rivals St Edwards. On a heavy damp pitch, both sides made lots of errors early on, showing signs of nervousness and pressure. It was clear to see that the game would be a close one and decided by fine margins. The task was made more difficult when injured Nye T, had to leave the pitch just 10 minutes into the game. This gave St Edwards a boost and they went on to take control of the first half and with 10 minutes left, they directed play to the blindside and scored the first points of the game but it crucially was not converted.
Half Time: St Edward 5-0 Liverpool College
Liverpool College came out the second half pumped up and played a much tighter and physical type of rugby. They had much more possession than the home team but struggled to capitalise on chances, close to the opposition try line. A yellow card for Michael C reduced Liverpool down to 14 players but the players stood up and defended a mini onslaught defiantly. Michael returned to the pitch and gave Liverpool College a boost of energy and the pick and drive style of rugby paid off with 10 minutes to go, as lots of repeated phases resulted in Michael C smashing through the defensive line and scoring a try. This was crucially then converted by Luke R, to give Liverpool College a 2 point lead. Liverpool College stayed strong and defended like warriors as they saw the final minutes of the game out, to the delight of the parents, coach and Principal. A brilliant team effort demonstrating fantastic passion, commitment and composure in a game neither team deserved to lose.
Mr S Heeley (1st XV Coach)