St Benedict’s Year 8 Rugby team have progressed to the semi-final in a national competition, beating St Peter’s High School from Wigan.
With St Peter’s being the national runners up last year, the Year 8 boys knew that with holding home advantage, they had to get off to a good start.
They held all the early possession after only five minutes of play, half back Keelan Parr dummied his way through the opposition defence to score underneath the post. Sam Fulton then duly converted.
On twelve minutes, second rower Ashton Sice out ran his chasing opponents to score out wide, but on this occasion Sam Fulton missed the conversion.
The next score, a converted try, came from St Peters, so with only five minutes left of the half the score was 10-6.
St Benedict’s then made the game winning scores, with two tries by both centres Sam Murtagh and Sam Newby, only one converted by Sam Fulton. Half time score was 20-6.
In the second half St Peters showed why they reached last years’ national final, with them dominating the first fifteen minutes, and scoring two converted tries to bring the score to 20-18.
But it was St Benedict’s who finished the stronger prop Sam Fulton scoring and converting his own try. Shortly after that, Sam Murtagh grabbed his second try, converted by Fulton to take the score to 32-18.
St Peter’s scored a consolation try in the last minute of the game to take the final score to 32-22.
A deserved victory for St Benedict’s, who will now play Corpus Christi High School from Leeds in the National semi – final, which is to be played on Thursday 17th May at Warrington.