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Wirral Come From Behind to See Off Kirkham

Wirral Grammar School for boys have secured a spot in the final, after battling past a resilient Kirkham Grammar side who had the lead at half time.

In the penultimate game of the tournament, an entertaining encounter lead to eight tries being shared between the teams, but Wirral got the upper hand with a strong second half performance.

Kirkham went in to the break with a 12-10 lead at Lightfoot Green, but failed to score in the second period as Wirral kicked in to gear.

Jack Nelson opened the scoring for Wirral inside the first minute of the game, making the most of a fantastic kick-off routine to find the corner.

Wirral continued to dominate, but in the ninth minute, Kirkham went in to the lead after Ryan Leach dived for the try line after a well-worked line out. Kieran Wilkinson’s conversion gave his side a two point lead.

A quick break just minutes later allowed Evan Powell to score Kirkham’s second try of the game after a fantastic run from the back. Wilkinson couldn’t add the extras, and they went in to the break with a seven point lead.

Five minutes before the break, Wirral were back in the game through Ben Thomas as they began to show their class. A failed conversion meant Kirkham still held the narrowest of leads.

It took fifteen minutes of the second half to see the next try, which went Wirral’s way after Will Tyrer made the most of a sustained period of pressure from his school, making the score 15-12.

Two minutes later Charlie Carter broke through a number of tackles to reach from the try line, extending Wirral’s lead further after being determined to go it alone.

Lucas Titherington added the fifth try of the game for Wirral, as he eased past a barrage of Kirkham defenders to find the whitewash. He added the extras from the tee to take maximum points, making it a 15 points lead with just six minutes remaining.

With the clock in the red, Josh Kenyon added a sixth to Wirral’s total, ensuring that his school went through to the final in style.

The conversion wasn’t completed, but the referee called time on the scintillating semi-final with the score at 32-12.

Wirral will face St Ambrose College in the final on the 3rd of February at Lightfoot Green, home of the Preston Grasshoppers.


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