4 tries a piece: The Year 10 Rugby Team prove they can do both against a well drilled Wolfreton team.
Inspired by the 6 nations, the year 10 Rugby team briefly switched codes in order to take on the challenge of playing a more tactically diverse and physically demanding game. The boys line up for their first ever rugby union game against Wolfreton who exclusively play this code of rugby.
1st half – The best way to learn is by doing.
We only had 1 hour to train and learn new rules. A lack of experience was clear when Wolfreton ran home two early tries which immediately put the boys on the back foot. Despite the poor start the lads remained confident and twinkle-toed scrum-half Sam McAuley (year 9) directed the pack well, shifting the opposition line leading to a gap for Matty Coulter to run down the wing and offload to Brandon Sargeson for a Sirius try. Tails were up as Wolfreton prepared to kick back to us. Still down two tries to one, the closing moments of the second half were tense as the boys came close time after time, but failed to manufacture a finishing move. Brandon Sargeson and Joe Aichison were rampant in midfield, doing the hard yards, brushing off would-be defenders and making important tackles. Mid-way through the first half and everything still to play for; Joshua Cole broke through the Wolfreton defence slipping Matty Coulter a pass out the side-door and scoring between the sticks. Boof! Eat my goal! Game on! Despite best efforts to keep this pressure on, the closing moments of the first half were fruitless. Half time: 2 tries each!
“He who pays the piper calls the tune”… So I thought! Despite the referee being an old friend of mine, he seemed to make shocking decisions throughout the second half which led to another Wolfreton try, putting the lads behind 3 tries to 2. In spite of the score and in face of defeat the lads never gave up! The positive spirit of the team was rewarded when Joshua Cole picked the ball up inside his own half, battered his way through the Wolfreton defence and sprinted down the field scoring a 60 yard belter. Moments later Isaac Green scored an almost identical try, only from deeper in his own half. Isaac stripped the ball away from a Wolfreton defender, unveiling blistering pace and scored in the corner!
The closing moments of the game saw both teams level on tries but Sirius behind due to missed conversions. Thomas Borman, Joseph Burazin, Tom Wilkson (year 9) and Joe Layden all came close to scoring the winning try but were either stripped or held up at the try line. As the sun set, and light began to fade we knew our fate was sealed. Brandon Sargeson who was outstanding throughout the game looked certain to score and grab the glory after brushing off 3 or 4 defenders but was tackled before he could land the finishing blow!
In the end the boys lose 27-25, missed conversions on a windy wet day was the difference against a well experienced Wolfreton line-up. The year 10’s are without doubt a talented group of rugby players and look certain to continue their fine form in the RL Yorkshire plate.
Big thanks to Mr Bilton for his support during the game, and to all the parents who came to watch!
Squad: Brandon Sargeson (man of the match), Joe Aichison cpt. Jack Bone, Josh Cole, Ben Canves, Tom Wilkinson (year 9) Thomas Borman, Sam McAuley, Alex Dunne, Lewis Walker, Joseph Burazin, Owen Farr (year 9) Isaac Green, Jack Wilson-Grey, Mathew Coulter, Joe-Michael Layden, Taylor Eastwood.