he Year 7 rugby team today battled through a tough qualifying phase to book their final place against St. Mary’s this evening.
A great start to the group against a Kelvin side who had just turned up consisted of a 20-4 victory with tries from Scottow (x2), Hackett, Wornor and 2 conversions by Lewis got the ball rolling for the evening….or so we thought!
A tough game followed straight after against a bunch of older looking St. Mary’s boys who caused mayhem with 2 brothers who were contentious in playing due to their looks for their age. This game saw a large stoppage in play for an injury to Moss who later was taken to hospital for a check on the injury, but the damage was already done to the team as they slipped to a 12-8 defeat. Tries in this game were scored by Scottow & Stevenson.
No breather yet meant another game on the bounce against a very strong Malet side who were themselves in a good position to qualify after our earlier defeat to St. Mary’s. A slow start paid price to our chances we thought, with Malet pulling ahead and looking good for their lead at 8-0 up. With voices becoming more frequent and playing back to the basics rugby, tries became more than a possibility and then a good solo try for Lewis made it 8-6. With just seconds remaining, Another sustained bit of pressure on the Malet line meant a try on the short side towards the corner for Lewis again and this made it 10-8 with the kick sailing over making it 12-8 to Sirius! Back on track now for the final game.
After a strong start was demanded by the coaches, Sirius started out of the blocks quickest against a very tired South Holderness outfit. Tries from both close range and 60 metres came from Lewis (x2) and Gooch with Bartlett & Lewis (x2) kicking the conversions to finish the game 18-6 in our favour.
The boys gave their all and only one game stood between Malet & St. Mary’s which decided our fate.
They boys stayed and cheered on St. Mary’s who needed a draw or a victory to seal a re-match in our only loss during qualifying.
Up until the final 2 minutes was this game decided, with Malet leading 6-0 but quick fire tries by St. Mary’s made it 10-6 in their, and our favours. A final score of 16-6 sealed a nervy but exciting finish meaning Sirius will play St. Mary’s in the final at the KC Stadium in the near future (TBC).
A superb effort of 4 games without a break for the lads and they send their best wishes onto the injured Moss for a speedy recovery.
Many thanks to Janice Hall for driving (both the team and Moss for his injury to HRI), Simon Jewitt for assisting with the team journey and support, and also Rachel Gay for her continued support and coaching of the side. Best wishes to Andy Kay who unfortunately could not make the journey due to being ill.
Please congratulate the boys on their behaviour and performance for the whole evening.
Team: Moss, Sedman, Scottow, Wornor, Riley, Lewis, Matthews, Stevenson, Bartlett, Arnett, Jackson, Hackett, Gooch, Harold, Longden, Hepworth & Holness.