• Myles Marshall Tournament

Myles Marshall Sevens at The King's School Macclesfield 

Beaten Finalists!

Saturday saw the U15s 7s take a strong squad of 12 boys down to Kings Macclesfield for their annual Myles Marshall tournament fresh from winning the Giggleswick tournament on Thursday.

With 7s already in the mind they started extremely strong against a competitive Audenshaw side, it wasn't long however before Lancaster built an unassailable lead through good team work and finishing every chance that arose. Clinical 7s meant the scored finished at 57-0.

Next up on the same pitch were southern challengers from St Josephs Ipswich. Again Lancaster started strong and pushed out to an early lead, a couple of score in return didn't seem to stop the progress and the northerners again ran out to a 34-10 score line.

The group began to heat up in an excellent contest against St Ambrose in the penultimate group game, before Half Time Lancaster found themselves at a 10 - 0 deficit and hadn't seen much of the ball. With strong words at half time, belief and fresh legs back in the team, the comeback began. One quick try was followed by another, both with crucial conversions meant our 100% was back intact, 14-10. The boys saw off a late surge to win the game and move onto the final challenge.

MGS were next up in the 'group of death', and before the lads had even warmed their lungs they found themselves 20 - 0 down. Another team talk was in order and the boys put all their effort into reeling a big Manchester side back in. In the end the clock beat a remarkable comeback with the game ending 25-21 to MGS. This meant a nervous wait before finding out they had topped the group and would play local rivals Kirkham in the Cup Quarter Final.

With little needing to be said about the local rivalry, Lancaster seemed well up for this QF encounter and converted early pressure into runaway scores. 12-5 at half time quickly became 19-5 before 2 late scores with effort and great attitude still improving saw the score stretch out to 31-5 at the final whistle.

The semi-final saw Lancaster take on Sandbach, and early pressure from a big side saw them take a 5-0 lead. The boys rallied superbly to retain the ball as well they had in their previous games and made the increasing possession soon tell, the score reversed to 7-5 before being extended to 26-5 by the final whistle. 

The final meant facing St Ambrose for a second time who had made the final the hard way, and proving we really were in the group of death! They quickly got up to speed and ran up a 12-0 lead by half time, with heads beginning to drop after the half Lancaster conceded a third to go 19-0 down. They suddenly swung back into action and began playing the Sevens Rugby they had showcased all day, unfortunately they only left time for one score in return, but with the game ending at 19-7, once again it showed the spirit and determination of the LRGS boys. 

An excellent display of 7s all day and a pleasure for the parents and coaches to watch. Focus now turns back to the 15-a-side game and their Lancashire Cup Final against St Edwards on Sunday at Fylde, kick off 1pm.

Squad: W Bowker, C Liddle, T Anderton, P Bishop, C Wilkinson, J Evans, N Randall, N Archer, W Duffy, J Kyriakou, D Cooper, L Atherton.