The Sirius Academy North Year 11 Boys rugby team lost out in the semi final of the Hull Schools Trophy to a very experienced Malet Lambert side. With only a couple of our Sirius Boys who actually play rugby outside of school, it was always going to be an uphill battle against a team full of rugby players. But massive credit must go to our boys, who never gave up once and got better as the game went on.
Sirius found themselves three tries down in the first ten minutes, but once we regrouped and discussed a way of being able to control the speed of play from the Malet side, we had a lot more joy. In attack for Sirius, it was all about the forwards, who did cause the Malet middles some problems with their strong running, with Soulayman and Edogituo leading the way in only their second ever game of rugby. The defence from the Sirius team was looking stronger as the match went on, their line speed, contact and ability to slow the play the ball down was ensuring they were numbered up ready for the next tackle. Dillon, Jack and Oliver started to get through some work and made some good yards forward, with play makers Ben, Oscar and Aiden coming more into the game, taking on the Malet defensive line and bringing on the runners. 24 – 0 at halftime to Malet Lambert.
The boys listened well at the halftime break, and were encouraged to share the work, with the backs needing to take the ball in more to give the forwards a rest. Sirius completed their first set well and forced Malet into a drop out. From the drop out, the ball was fielded well by Tyler who picked up the ball on the 30 meter line and sprinted towards the tryline, evading any attempted Malet defenders and managing to dive over in the corner. Sirius continued to work hard and grow in confidence as the game went on, with winger Abdullah looking dangerous every time he ran the ball in. Sirius ended up losing the game 34 – 4, however, the improvements were massive throughout the 60 minutes.
The attitude and respect of both sides was absolutely outstanding and all players deserve massive praise.
Next up for the Year 11 Boys is the first round of the Yorkshire Plate when they get back from the Christmas break, but on that performance, and with a few players back in the squad I am sure they will continue to improve and get their rewards.
Please congratulate the boys on their exceptional behaviour, teamwork and effort, they were an absolute pleasure to coach.
Player of the match went to Edongitua, who caused the Malet Lambert defence lots of problems with his powerful running and also for his exceptional work rate in defence.