Year 11 Rugby team reaches 5th successive County Cup SF!
The Sirius Academy Year 11 Rugby team maintained their unbeaten start to the year with a comprehensive 24-4 win over local rivals St Marys College in the Champion Schools Yorkshire Cup Quarter-Final. The team fresh from their victory in Bradford the previous week, had to again contend with awful weather conditions to secure their win, with constant rain and wind, making the match a real battle. The teams win now moves them into the Yorkshire Cup Semi-Final, a competition they have won twice before as well as qualifying them for the National Cup stages, a competition which they are the current holders of.
The match began in torrential rain, with puddles quickly appearing on the grass with the middle areas of the pitch turning into a “mud-bath”. Both teams started the match strongly, with excellent yards forward coming from Brad Elliott, Jay Kirkland and Kai Thorpe. George Tyson-Wilson nearly opened the scoring making a great break down the middle before a last-ditch tackle prevented a try. Ryan Addinall quickly followed suit with an ankle-tap stopping his certain try however against the run of play Marys crashed over to take a 4-0 lead. Sirius continued to complete sets well with Kieran Sewell handling the tricky conditions well off the floor whilst Jordan Richmonds clever kicking game continually pushed Marys back. The right-hand defence of Josh Lomax, Mikey Lewis, Addinnall and Callum Whilsher began to contain the dangerous Marys backs, with Josh Atkinson returning kicks with skill and speed. Sirius levelled up when Josh Jarvis again showed his outstanding speed and strength to crash over for 4-4. On the stroke of half-time Jarvis grabbed his 2nd try, dummying his way over from close range for an 8-4 advantage.
Sirius began the 2nd half with more controlled play. Tom Jordan came on in the front-row and continued the excellent work, making good yards with every carry. Jacob Smith carried on from his excellent last performance to constantly carry the ball forward with strong carries. Richmond created Jarvis’ hat-trick try with a great cut-out ball for 12-4. On pushed Sirius who refused to allow Marys a foot-hold back into the match. Jarvis added his 4th try, breaking clear from 50 metres after Elliotts delayed pass to sprint over with Thorpe adding the extras for 18-4. Lewis Hewitt had entered the fray at half-back, with his defence helping force errors from the Marys players as they chased a way back into the game. Fittingly it was Jarvis who finished off the scoring for his 5th try, barging three players out of the way allowing Thorpe to add the two points for a thoroughly deserved 24-4 win.
Special thanks to Glen Bilton and Rachel Gay for their support of the team.
Please congratulate the following boys on their success, attitude and behaviour:
Squad: Josh Atkinson, Callum Whilsher, Ryan Addinnall, Josh Jarvis, Jordan Richmond, Kai Thorpe, Kieran Sewell, Jay Kirkland, Brad Elliott, George Tyson-Wilson, Jacob Smith, Connor Cape-Melbourne, Tom Jordan, Josh Lomax, Mikey Lewis (Year 10), Lewis Hewitt.