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The under 15s boys' rugby team narrowly missed out on a final spot after losing to Leicester Grammar 15-10 in a tightly contested affair.
Leicester Grammar just got the better of the Ashby team, in spite of the home side having the majority of the possession.
As both teams tried to size each other up in the first 10 minutes, the possession changed hands several times. There was a solid defensive effort throughout the first half from Ewan Laws who put in some monstrous hits at centre and stole the ball off the opposition on numerous occasions.
Although Ashby dominated possession, they failed to get over the try line with some handling errors near the line, which led to a quick turnover and Leicester Grammar getting the first score of the game. The first half ended 7 - 0.
The second half featured more of the same: Ashby got a quick score after half time which revitalised the team. They become more aggressive and the lines of attacking running were much improved.
There were a lot of big ball carries from Harry Thompson, Harvey Clinch and Jack Halford sustaining the pressure on Leicester Grammar. A patch of ill-disciplined defence led Ashby to concede a penalty. Grammar went for a penalty kick which showed how hard it was for them to get to the try line.
The kick was converted to make it 10-5. Immediately after this, Grammar scored another to make it 15-5 with 10 minutes to go.
Ashby kept going until the end and got another score with five minutes to go to make it 15-10, Ashby then regained possession but were unable to get over the try line to make the decisive score.
It was a thrilling match watched by many in wonderful conditions and credit to the boys for playing really well.
Report by Ricky Wickwar