[05 Dec 2016]

The year 7 boys continue their form to march through to the quarter final of the Yorkshire cup.

It was a tough battle against a confident Brigshaw side that saw the two teams go head to head in a tense arm wrestle from the kick off.

As the doors of the Brigshaw bus slid open, a worried look appeared in the lads eyes. They glanced across to see what they thought was the big show pull on a Year 7 shirt that barely fit! This confirmed that it was time to put their training and preparation to the test.

Sirius started the game with a big kick-chase down field to pin the attack of Brigshaw in their 30 for the first 3 tackles, until a fiery defence caused them to knock on and hand over the ball on the 4th. The lads displayed their confidence going forward through completing 3 sets of attack one after another, until Macaulay Medlam had enough and powered through the line to open the scoring and take the lead 4-0. This is where composure played a big part for the lads not to get carried away.

From the kick restart, Malachi Tony displayed a great effort to make it 60 yards down the field to put the lads in to good ball position early in the tackle count. The next drive was taken strongly from Connor Arnold who got us within 10 yards of their line; a quick play to a switched on Sam Hassard saw him collect the ball from dummy half and split the markers to dive to the left of the sticks to extend the lead to 10-0.This was the turning point early in the game.

In true Sirius style, the lads took their foot off the gas and allowed some lazy defending to creep in. From a perfectly executed set, Lennie Ellis kicked the ball straight to ‘big show’, he collected the ball as cool as a cucumber and made his way 80 yards on the fringes  to open their scoring and bring the game to 10-4. A slack Sirius defence allowed this same mistake to happen again in the first half to complete the scoring 12-10 in favour of Brigshaw.

The half time talk was to go back to our structure and stick to the game plan. At this point the opportunity was taken to make some changes to players and tactics. The lads had a job to do.
The second half restarted with the game in the balance as both teams were fighting to get the winning try. As the lads were behind, some silly mistakes began to creep in, one of them being fatal, through letting the ‘big show’ attack the line with confidence and bounce off 4 defenders to score right under the posts and extend the lead to 18-10.

With just 10 minutes to go, the lads had to pull themselves together and tighten up in defence, this was just what they did. As the Brigshaw team were looking to the ‘big show’ to do all of their hard work in taking the ball forward, our lads began to move up on him in numbers. This proved vital, as he knocked the ball on in good field position. This is where the lads managed to capitalise through a Sam Hassard scoot 30 yards down the pitch to bring the scores within 2 points 18-16.

This form continued as the Brigshaw lads struggled to keep the ball, due to silly mistakes and simple knock ons. Although, there was a flourish of hope, as the ‘big show’ managed to break through the line on the far end of the field. A try was certain as the lads looked like they were giving up. This was until the saviour Bailey Jennison used his pace and power to catch him up and make the tackle into touch.

From the scrum, a successful set was completed and finished with a high kick into which bounced over the Brigshaw try line for Alfie Cater Minns to jump on and bring the scores to 22-18.
As it was the dying minutes of the game, the call ‘scoot’ was made to see the clock run its course. The lads were taking their time when running the ball in and being even slower to play it to the hooker. It was a tense time for both teams. At least until the man of the match Malachi tony stepped up for a scoot and managed to break the line and make certain the win right on the stroke of full time! 28-18 the game ended.

A huge well done to all of the players for their effort and attitude:

Bailey Jennison, Tyler Chapman, Billy Mountain, Alfie Cater-Minns, Jack Moore, Lennie Ellis, Will Furmage, Connor Arnold, Sam Hassard, Fletcher Elliott, Alfie Ayers, Owen Lewis, Macaulay Medlam, Charlie Wollons, James and Kelvin Salsbury.

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