Year 10s make Sirius history to reach National Cup Final!
The Year 10 boys Rugby team made Sirius history yesterday by becoming the 1st team from the Academy to reach a National Cup Final. The boys have been superb throughout the competition, adding to their Yorkshire Cup success earlier this year. The match yesterday as expected was a tough test for the boys, with the St Edmond-Arrowsmith side from Wigan, proving worthy opponents for such as prestigious match.
From the beginning the Sirius boys were focused, however Arrowsmith began strongly which made for an exciting start to the match with both teams defending strongly, Sirius been led from the front by the two outstanding props of Liam Robinson and Joe Burton who were excellent throughout the match. Arrowsmith were 1st on the scoreboard, breaking from distance and converting to lead 6-0. Credit to Sirius who refused to panic and remained confident in how they were playing with James Buttery causing havoc each time he touched the ball, superbly supported by Aiden Armstrong and Liam Bilton. With Jordan Abdull and Josh Wood organising the attack, an opportunity was created for Wood to send Bilton through a gap to score outwide, with Robinson converting into the wind from the touchline. The remaining 10 minutes of the 1st half, saw both teams refusing to break, with Andy Ogden and the hard-working Steven Marshall providing good go-forward for Sirius.
The 2nd half began with Sirius beginning to sense that they were gaining the upper-hand with the introduction of the impressive Harry Tyson-Wilson adding extra pace to the Sirius attacks. One such attack with good yards from Burton and Buttery, created time for the ever consistent Macaulay Duke to dive over from acting-half and edge Sirius ahead with Abdull converting for a 12-6 lead. Sirius again pressed on with captain Jansin Turgut as always leading from the front in defence and attack. A well worked Sirius attack had the Arrowsmith defence broken, which Abdull took full advantage of to dummy his way over with Robinson converting for an 18-6 lead. However back came Arrowsmith who changed the momentum of the game to score two quick tries to make the score 18-16 to Sirius. Up stepped Abdull, to show his quality, firstly dummying his way over again before showing his strength to carry over three defenders to score and spark mass celebrations from the boys as they had finally took control and gained an unassailable 28-16 lead which they would maintain till the final whistle.
All boys produced excellent performances, with special mentions to Burton and Robinson for the amount of minutes that they played, Armstrong, Bilton, Buttery and Turgut for their hardwork, Wood and Abdull for their organisation, and finally to Tyson-Wilson who defied the age-gap to produce an outstanding performance.
The boys have also progressed through to the Hull Schools Cup Final