St Marys College 32 Sirius Academy North 8
The Sirius Academy North Rugby team did themselves proud with a great effort against a strong and athletic St Marys side. With only 2 players in Year 11 that actually play rugby outside of school, it was always going to be a big ask, but the boys’ attitude, commitment and enthusiasm was outstanding.
The game was evenly matched for the first 10 minutes as the defence of both sides was tested, but stood strong. St Marys started to find gaps in the defensive line as the Sirius side failed to move up together, and it wasn’t long before St Marys found themselves 16 – 0 up. However, the Sirius side never gave up, showing excellent resilience, and got their rewards just before the halftime break, as a superb inside ball from Oscar found fullback Ben, who sprinted onto the ball and went through the gap, racing over 20 meters to touch down and make the halftime score 16 – 4.
The second half saw many changes to the Sirius side, giving all 18 players an opportunity to take the field and give rugby a try. Prop forwards Soulayman and Edongituo ran the ball in at every opportunity, causing the St Marys defence all sorts of problems. Oliver, Dillon, Leon and Ben started to come into the game more, making good yards forward for the team. But St Marys, once again continued to find gaps and extended the score to 32 – 4, however, once again, the Sirius side were not going to give up, and ended up crossing over for another try in the later stages of the game, and it was a well deserved individual try, as the impressive Edongituo took three players with him as he barged his way over the try line to make the final score St Marys 32 Sirius Academy North 8.
Although the boys did not win the game, they showed great character throughout, even the referee came across to congratulate them on their outstanding attitude, respect and effort.
I could not be more proud of this group of boys, they gave absolutely everything, and I look forward to working with them to prepare for their next game, which will be in the Hull Schools Trophy Competition.
Player of the match was shared between Soulayman and Edongituo who were outstanding in attack and defence throughout the full match. Special mention to Year 10 students Aiden and Ben who stepped up in key positions for the Year 11s and contributed massively.
Please congratulate the boys on their outstanding effort, character and attitude – they were a credit to the Academy:-