Thanks to Richard Owens we have an extra schools match this week.
Two sides with limited 1st team rugby kicked off at Grosvenor Grammar School last Saturday morning. Early skirmishes were balanced but after Grosvenor were penalised at the breakdown in their own half, Campbell kicked to the corner and from the resulting line out, the ball was moved wide and the wing Ollie Ralston dotted down in the corner for Campbell’s first try which Ralston converted.
From the restart Grosvenor made progress into Campbell’s half and it was their turn to be awarded a penalty when Campbell were offside. Grosvenor elected to take the 3 points through the boot of Adam Moore.
A period of untidy play followed but Grosvenor looked the sharper of the two sides and with the ball loose their backs showed they were equally capable in the wide channel with Joseph McNaughton crossing for a try converted by Moore. A few minutes later Grosvenor’s accurate goal kicker added another 3 penalty points.
With the score now 13 – 7 in Grosvenor’s favour and half time approaching Campbell began to show some composure and after good work from the pack the ball was shifted quickly to the backs. A perfectly delayed pass to the winger allowed Adrian Maponga, to win the race to the line and the try was again converted by Ralston leaving the score 14 – 13 at half time.
In such a close match the first score in the third quarter would be crucial and Campbell unleashed a superb set play from a scrum sending their full back Adam Russell straight through to score under the posts. Campbell’s dominance continued and after so much hard tackling and defensive effort from Grosvenor’s tiring players, Campbell ran in a further two tries from George Robinson and Peter Adeoye to secure the win.