Year 11 Rugby team cruise through to National Cup Quarter-Finals!

[11 Mar 2012]

The Sirius Academy Year 11 Rugby team produced a clinical performance to dispose of Cumbrian Cup runners-up Ulverston Victoria (Barrow) in the Carnegie Champion Schools National Cup 1st Round. The boys were focused from the start, and refused to drop the intensity in a very professional performance. The boys now face Deanary High School (Wigan) in the National Cup Quarter-Final, as well as waiting for a date confirmation for their Yorkshire Cup Final match against Brooksbank High (Halifax).

The game started well with great speed around the play the ball, causing Ulverston to defend on the back foot. With three-quarters, Lewis Hackett, James Buttery, Will Collier and Liam Bilton, seeing plenty of the ball and making good yards, this laid the platform for the excellent Liam Robinson to drive through the defence and find willing support from the like of Josh Wood and Macauley Duke. Despite the early pressure Sirius could not post an early score, but they remained composed until Bilton found a hole and crossed allowing Jordan Abdull to convert for 6-0. Sirius then began to play with more confidence and a Robinson break was supported by Wood who sprinted clear from 50 metres, again Abdull goaling for 12-0. A great individual try from Wood followed, chipping over the line and re-gathering for 18-0 to Sirius. Lewis Hackett was next over on the back of good build up play involving the impressive Year 10 player Liam Harris, who produced an excellent display, leaving Sirius 22-0 up at half-time.

The 2nd half was again a strong defensive effort, with Macauley Hallett producing some thunderous hits, supported well from Stephen Batty and Ryan Brown. With captain and the energetic Jansin Turgut leading from the front Sirius again got onto the front foot, and Abdull crashed his way over, before outstanding Wood completed his deserved hat-trick, to take Sirius 32-0 up, with Robinson adding a goal. Sirius continued to press forward and Hallett gained a deserved try for his outstanding defensive effort and strong running. With Joe Burton taking Sirius forward, and Steven Marshall making tough yards up the middle, Sirius continued to dominate and Duke got on the end of a break to take Sirius 46-0 infront. With little time remaining Turgut stepped through the line in his own half, and despite topping the tackle count, he had the energy to sprint the length of the pitch to push Sirius to a 50-0 victory, and a deserved Quarter-Final spot, where they will face a much tougher challenge from Deanary High.

Special thanks to Jon Flatman, Cosi Basile, David Gordon and Tom McLaughlin for their support, and to Rachel Gay for assistance with the team.

Please congratulate the following students on their success and attitude:

Lewis Hackett, James Buttery, Steven Marshall, Jordan Abdull, Josh Wood, Joe Burton, Macauley Duke, Liam Robinson, Macauley Hallett, Liam Bilton, Jansin Turgut, Ryan Brown, Stephen Batty, Jordan Gant, Macauley Longley, Will Collier, Liam Harris (Year 10).

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