High School side hits a high note
WILMSLOW HS ............ 32 ST PETER’S SCHOOL.... 3
ST Peter’s School, York visited Wilmslow High School on Wednesday afternoon, with both schools looking for a place in the quarter finals of the NatWest Schools’ Cup
Wilmslow got off to a shaky start as St Peter’s exerted early pressure and scored the first three points of the match with a nicely-struck penalty.
The visitors continued to play strongly in the opening exchanges.
During the first 10 minutes, Wilmslow put themselves under pressure with a lack of accuracy in defence, an inability to find touch and a series of handling errors.
Despite this, Wilmslow improved as the game developed and were relentless for the remainder of the half, scoring three tries before the break, through scrum-half Will Maslen, prop Tom Gardener and hooker Christian Taylor to take the lead and control of the match.
As the first half came to an end, Wilmslow were 15-3 ahead.
Wilmslow did not disappoint in the second half either. Dominant at the contact area and the scrum, the forwards were tireless in the loose.
Stand-off James Graham added a fourth try in the corner early in the second half to extend the home side’s lead.
Replacement centre Alex Fishwick caused problems for the St Peter’s defence and he was unlucky not to score following a clear break from inside his own half, some last-ditch defence seeing him hauled down when it looked like he might go the distance.
The St Peter’s resistance finally buckled though, and a try from second row Callum Atkinson took the score to 22 points.
As the game came to a close, St Peters were still to add to their three points as they struggled to breach the home side’s line. As the match drew to a close, Wilmslow’s number 14 Broghan Wilson pounced on a loose ball and his pace took him clear of the pursuing defenders to score the final try of the game.
Graham added the conversion to make the final score 32-3.
Wilmslow will now face either St Joseph’s of Ipswich or Croydon-based Whitgift School with a place in the final four at stake.
Wilmslow High School dominated visitors St Peter’s, running out 32-3 winners to book a quarter-final place.