Match Report
Bradford Grammar School U15 XV vs  Woodhouse Grove School
On: Thursday, 12 Oct 2017
Venue: at Home

BGS U15 14 - Woodhouse Grove U15 28 Nat West Cup

This game gave exactly as was expected, a tough and hard fought encounter with local rivals. Woodhouse Grove had dominated all comers this season and it was a credit to the BGS boys that they never let their heads go down and battled to the end, never letting the visitors gain too much of an advantage.

The signs were clear early on how WHG planned to play. They ran their big forwards hard round the corner and then moved the ball wide to their battering ram centre and deft footed winger. This created problems out wide, with BGS often defending too narrow, though Sese made a number of crucial tackles on the 13 to stop attacks. Defence in midfield was immense, with wave after wave being chopped low and brought to ground, however it was the threat on the wing that lead to the first WHG score.

BGS had plenty of possession themselves and some good ball retention and excellent interplay between forwards and backs resulted in Lui Shivtiel reaching for the line and just touching the whitewash. This was converted by Mbaka and kept the game close towards the end of the first half. BGS were thwarted on a number of attacking phases by WHG players appearing in the midfield or the long arms of the WHG prop reaching round the maul at the lineout. The visitors moved the ball wide again in the last few minutes of the half and scored again to leave it 14-7 at half time.

BGS had some chances in the second half but they lacked enough possession to make a difference. A number of last ditch tackles prevented tries but thy were unable to stop WHG scoring two further scores. This was a humdinger of a game and BGS deserved the late score from Obi Ene as BGS finally created space of their own out wide. This was a great team performance and with work in a few areas the home side will be confident they can improve before the return fixture at the end of the season.