The Sirius Academy Year 7 Rugby team produced a sensational performance in the Carnegie Champion Schools Yorkshire Cup Quarter-Final to totally dominate Freeston High (Wakefield) and reach the Semi-Finals and also gain qualification to the Champion Schools National Cup. In a game made difficult by the wet and muddy conditions the boys controlled the ball with exceptional skill, forcing the opposition into mistakes whilst taking advantage of their own opportunities in clinical style. The opponents for the boys in the Semi-Final will be Kirklees and District champions, Earlsheaton School (Dewsbury).
The game started with a tough opening ten minutes, with both sets of forwards producing strong tackles and drives. Led by captain George Tyson-Wilson, Tom Jordan , Brad Elliot and Jacob Smith, the Sirius team worked hard in attack to gain yards whilst strong defence from the likes of Kai Thorpe and Liam Waudby kept Freeston at bay. The opening try came from an inventive kick from the excellent Harry Whittles, which was chased down by Josh Atkinson with Thorpe adding the conversion for 6-0. Quickly following was Thorpe to show his strength in barging over before adding the extras and Sirius were a deserved 12-0 up. It got better from Sirius with quick hands through Whittles, Joseph Coates and the lively Lloyd Cass sending Atkinson over again before Thorpe again crashed over to leave Sirius 20-0 up at half-time.
The 2nd half proved tougher, with Freeston coming down the hill. Jordan Webb, Cass, Callum Whilsher and Atkinson were excellent in taking the pressure off the forwards with Josh Lomax and Ben Macklin running with aggression and power outwide. However it was the impressive Elliot who opened the scoring, showing his power and speed to break the defence with Thorpe converting for 26-0. With Kieran Sewell taking on the defence at every opportunity and looking dangerous and Josh Kirby who produced an excellent all-round performance, making numerous metres from quick-thinking runs, this laid the platform for the power-house Thorpe to batter his way over for his well-deserved hat-trick, before Elliot intercepted a loose ball and sprinted the length of the pitch with Whittles goaling for a magnificent 36-0 victory.
Please congratulate the following on their outstanding performances, attitude and achievements:
Lloyd Cass, Jordan Webb, Callum Whilsher, Josh Atkinson, Liam Waudby, Harry Whittles, Joseph Coates, Tom Jordan, Josh Kirby, Kai Thorpe, Brad Elliot, Jacob Smith, George Tyson-Wilson, Josh Lomax, Joseph Thompson, Ben Macklin, Kieran Sewell, Jay Kirkland, Rowan Foster.