The Sirius Academy Year 10 Rugby team produced arguably the best ever performance of their Sirius careers to defeat last year’s Yorkshire Cup Finalists and National Cup Semi-Finalists, Castleford High (Wakefield). The boys avenged last season’s 22-6, to the same opposition in style, as they totally outplayed them, in an outstanding team performance, to eventually cruise through to the Carnegie Champion Schools Yorkshire Cup Semi-Final, and gain qualification to the National Cup stages. The boys will now meet Temple Moor School (Leeds), as they bid to reach their 1st ever Yorkshire Cup Final.
The boys started the match at a great intensity, with Benn Arbon, Liam Platten and Tom Hance making good yards with every carry, whilst in defence Connor Giddings and Josh Jackson worked well together as Castleford sent numerous big players down to attack their side. Despite creating chances Sirius failed to take them in the 1st ten minutes, with the trio of Harry Tyson-Wilson, Liam Harris and Kieran Jones linking well and sending willing runners in Calvin Parker and the outstanding Jamie Warcup into gaps. However it took a kick charge-down from Peter Butcher who followed up and sprinted away from 40 metres to score with Harris adding the conversion for 6-0. Quickly following was a magnificent individual try from Tyson-Wilson who stepped through the defence in his own half before sprinting clear with Harris again successful for 12-0. As Sirius continued to work hard in defence with Liam Sigurdsson cutting out many threats, Brendan Hepworth sprinted clear from his own half, before Warcup crashed over just before half-time for a 24-0 half-time lead.
The 2nd half began with Sirius expecting a tough ten minutes, however it was Sirius again who took the game to Castleford with Arbon, Jones, Butcher and Parker impressing still. Hepworth again was put into open space and showed his great speed to get away and score out-wide, quickly followed by Warcup’s 2nd try who again run a great angle into a gap. Into the last ten minutes and Sirius refused to drop their intensity, as they worked hard to gain revenge for last season’s defeat. Harris was next to score as he danced his way over the line and added the extras before Sigurdsson scored a well-deserved try to take the score to an amazing 44-0, before a late consolation for Castleford, gave the boys a tremendous 44-4 win and they take great confidence into the Semi-Final and National stages (See picture).