Double bill of Wisbech Grammar running rugby

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Two displays of high tempo rugby have been mounted by teams from Wisbech Grammar School.

In an away match on a floodlit ground against a Peterborough Rugby Union Football Club under 15 side on Friday the hosts kicked off the game in top gear in order to release their pacy back three, and they soon put a hat-trick of converted tries on the board.

After sustained pressure from the Grammar School side Harry Beresford-Peirse bundled over for a converted try, but the hosts responded with two lightning scores to post a half-time lead of 29-7.

The Wisbech boys started the second half vigorously, with centres Arran Shipley and Jake Slender giving the team confidence in defence and front-foot ball in attack. A score apiece from each, with only a single reply from the hosts, pushed the final score to 34-19, and the Grammar School dominated the second half, winning it 12-5.

The school’s senior XV secured a comprehensive 50-16 home victory against an Uppingham School senior side on Saturday.

The first points went to the hosts with an 80-metre turnover try finished by Patrick Rusman in the opening two minutes, but the Uppingham boys clawed their way back, and, after a spell of sustained pressure they capitalised on their expansive game to produce a try in the corner.

The balance of the game swung to and fro in the first half, with a brace of Wisbech tries from Charles Pindar and Henry Oldershaw-Ellis countered by a pair of Uppingham penalties, and the hosts were ahead 19-13 at the interval.

In the second half the Grammar School upped the pace and two tries from full back Ryan Hutler, both from a turnover, gave the hosts a lead that Uppingham could not chase. Additional tries from Henry Thornton, captain Brodie Ellis and a penalty try helped to build a clear winning margin for Wisbech.

Head of rugby Mr Alex Laybourne said: “Friday night and Saturday have been very good for the rugby programme at Wisbech Grammar School. Both the under 15s and the seniors put in very strong performances, with the seniors gaining a deserved victory and the under 15s coming close to beating a very, very good Peterborough RFC side.

“Other positives included the under 15s having the chance to play under lights and some of the fifth form boys being given the opportunity to play in the senior fixture.”

On Saturday (November 29) the Grammar School hosts Leicester Grammar School at 10.30am, and the 2nd XV and the under 14s play away against Leicester at 10am. The under 15s, under 13s and under 12s travel to King’s School, Grantham for a 10am start.