Match Report
Wisbech Grammar School Boys-U11A vs  Gresham's School
On: Wednesday, 29 Sep 2021
Venue: at Home

It was another fantastic afternoon for the WGS U11s Rugby Team this week as they headed out for their first home fixture of the season as we welcomed Gresham's to the school.

With a strong rugby history we knew that Gresham's School would offer us a real test of where we were at as a squad and the boys did not disappoint. It was clear from the warm up that they were keen and ready to play.

As the game got going, the sun was shining and, in front of a good crowd of supporters for both sides, both teams showed a real effort to move the ball and play into space.

It was Wisbech who got the first score of the match. Will Wicks capitalising on a dropped ball and running the length of the pitch to score, outpacing any would be tacklers on the way.

WGS pressed hard in defence and soon turned the ball over. They mounted an attack, looking to offload the ball after contact and Will was soon breaking free once more to score his, and his teams, second try.

Gresham's were not out of it for long though and they started to make some ground with some big carries before then moving the ball to space on the wings. They managed to get a bit of a foothold in the game and scored 3 quick tries to take the lead.

The game then went back and forth before Oscar Rideout stepped up to power through and score in the corner just as the clock ticked into half time. 3-3 at the break.

After the half time break, we saw more of the same; Great attacking and strong defending from both teams. The lead changed hands a couple more times as Jonny Norton and Will, again, got onto the score sheet. Jerome Lawrence showed his excellent tackling once more but Gresham's managed to get a 2 score lead for the first time in the match.

At 8-6 and with time running out, WGS found another gear and really went for it. Will went over for his 4th try of the game and several other players went close. With the clock in the red, WGS threw everything at their opponents but couldn't find a way thorough. An offload fell to the ground and Gresham's broke away but WGS showed their character to, despite the game being lost, chase back and prevent a further score by tackling the player into touch.

And that was that. A brilliant game of rugby ended 8-7 to Gresham's but massive credit must be given to the WGS squad who played their part in a game that could really have gone either way.

MoM - Will Wicks

Plenty to be positive about as we look towards Kings Ely next week.

Last word goes to 1st XV players Ashton Webb, Bradley Rideout and Ollie Murdoch, who came out in their free period to help coach and support the boys. A big thanks to all the supporters too. We really appreciate you guys coming to the games and supporting the boys.

Simon Leader