Our Year 8 Rugby Team have this week played a tough match in the National Champion Schools Quarter Final.
Unfortunately they were beaten on the day by St John Fisher Catholic High School from Wigan, but they put on an impressive display.
After getting beat 48 -12 in the first round of last year’s competition at Year 7 by St John Fisher, the St Benedict’s boys knew that they had to play a lot better this time to progress.
They could not have got off to a better start, totally dominating the first 12 minutes of the game with hooker Fletcher Holgate and full back Romeo Park both scoring tries. Half back Harley Nelson converted one to give them a well-deserved lead of 10-0.
From a St Benedict’s mistake and some indiscipline, the momentum of the game changed, with St John Fisher hitting back with 3 tries and 2 conversions to have half time lead of 16-10.
The second half produced some really good end to end flowing rugby, with both teams scoring after each other, and further tries coming for St Benedict’s through winger Ethan Thornton, Romeo Park getting his second, and Harley Nelson converting one.
With only five minutes left and the score being 26-20 to St John Fisher, St Benedict’s found themselves with plenty of possession in the opponent’s half. They produced two glorious opportunities to score but just could not get over the line to score.
Unfortunately, on the last possession of the game St John Fisher ran the ball fully 80 metres to score, giving a full time score of 32-20.
It was a great effort from the St Benedict’s boys, especially Miller Dalton, Harley Nelson, Tom McKinney and Romeo Park. With a little bit more luck during parts of the game may have seen the boys come away with a victory.