The second half carried a similar pattern with both sides tackling well.
Louie Southwood in particular came up with some bone crunching tackles in the centres.
Southport’s second try was a lovely bit of rugby. Scrum half, Michael Lawton fed Max T who perfectly timed an inside pass to Charlie Watts who screamed through the defence on a 60 metre run to score in the corner 12-0.
Fleetwood then scored next with an interception try and despite Max’s valiant effort, they scored under the posts. Southport held out till the end to secure the win. Great advert for the game well played all.
The Southport U13 charabanc rolled into the wonderful surrounds of Liverpool College to take on a Collegiate side that has typically been a handful, providing many a good match up over the years.
Southport were clinical from the off, with Ollie Benford at scrum half setting up speedy wheels Kristian Barker for an early score down the flank.
Lewis Fusco promptly doubled the lead, picking up the ball from a ruck and scoring with style and flair straight through the middle of the park.
Sam Cockwill then scored a brace of tries, the first coming courtesy of signature strong running to break many an attempted tackle.
The second try for Sam was quite different from the first, breaking away from play at the half way line and running the full distance to touch the ball down.
Although Collegiate scored one, the final try of the half was by James Pilkington. Mischief by Peter Thompson won fast ball at a ruck, creating space for a determined James to dot down ably in the right hand corner to make it 25-5 at the break.
Thomas Pilkington got matters started in the second half, demonstrating great power and drive to get a well-deserved try.
Sam Cockwill then got his third of the morning, stealing the ball at the breakdown and charging bull-like to the line. Strong work from Dillon Smith at half back released Thomas Pilkington to strike once again down the right touchline.
Sebastian Carlisle Collett scored his maiden try in Southport colours, a fabulous solo effort, just reward to a player who has been playing some great rugby over the last few weeks.
And so, just as he had got the match underway, it was left to Kristian Barker to wrap things up; the ball was passed nicely through the hands of the entire back division and the flying winger used his pace to get over the whitewash.
Sally Pringle, Team Administrator for the U15s, is delighted to update on the recent Sale Sharks DPP assessment evening and progression.
Sessions took place on Friday, October 12 at Ruskin Drive in St Helens with 13 members of the Southport u15s squad nominated either by the club, their schools or invited back. Two of the boys were unable to attend due to injury so they will be assessed at the first training session.
Southport RFC is delighted that of the 11 who attended, nine of those nominated have been selected.
Superb representation for Southport RFC and six schools across the district; Birkdale HS (5 nominated); Christ The King (4); Deyes High (1); Merchant Taylors (1); Ormskirk (1); Range High (1)
The nine invited back represent 25 per cent of the group total!
Well done to the successful nomination and to all those who attended and those that didn’t make it this time, keep working at it and aim for the next.