The game against AKS Lytham finished 24-14 to the red and whites of Audenshaw who were 24-0 up at half time.
In the freezing cold afternoon, the Audenshaw side started red hot with M.Williams-Reed (featured in above picture) bursting through the AKS centres and tipping on to C.Scanlon on the edge who showed great footwork to finish under the posts. The platform was set. The Audenshaw pack retained possession through good pick and drive work and continuously offering themselves as carriers. It wasn't long until they were in the AKS Lytham third of the field and M.Williams-Reed found himself with acres of space to dance through the AKS centres once more and score another Audenshaw try.
AKS Lytham did bite back with some strong running but particularly big defence from the likes of J.Hadfield, K.Aldulaimi and A.Tetlow saw AKS held out. N.Bell was ever-present at defensive rucks and turned over possession back to Audenshaw on a number of occasions. A sleek show of hands in the back saw the pacey E.Kwabena-Ampofo score in the corner and Audenshaw looked to be cruising. A final cross of the whitewash from Z. Sajjad gave the U16 a healthy 24 point lead at the break.
AKS appeared to have held back their secret weapon for the second half and substituted on their number 8 who represents Sale Sharks Academy, Lancashire and is in the England development setup. His impact was seen immediately as his excellent breakdown skills turned over possession and his strong carries took energy out of the Audenshaw defence. He crossed the Audenshaw line and looked like he would breathe life back into the AKS side. Despite his prowess, the Audenshaw men tirelessly grafted to keep him at bay and AKS only managed to score one more try in the half.
This Audenshaw side have been stretched perhaps more than any other that the school has seen in recent years. They've had to play multiple Saturdays against teams riddled with sixth form players and their commitment to training has been tested by the growing pressure on their exam revision and results. The school are immensely proud of what this team has achieved and how they have matured in their time with us. We wish them every luck in the final.
Well done to the exceptional young men of the Year 11 Rugby Team.
Director of Rugby