High School side hits a high note

WILM­SLOW HS ............ 32 ST PETER’S SCHOOL.... 3

Wilmslow Express - - SPORT - LAU­REN EA­GER

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.

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