The Year 10 team put in an excellent performance on the day, winning 4 games and losing 1. The boys began with a strong win against James Calvert with Brandon Wilson showing excellent power, driving through the defence and showing a surprising turn of pace to score 2 tries. Asif Khan made a terrific break from his own try line and outraced several defenders on his way to the try line, before Josh Scott added a final try in the dying seconds after good work from Isaac and Charlie Kain in the build up.
In game 2 against Berwick 2nds the rugby was end to end with 13 tries scored in the game. Gabriel Turoswki, Asif Khan, Charlie Kain and Isaac Kain all scored 2 tries in a fantastic attacking performance.
Game 3 was a very close game but with St Mary’s trailing by 2 tries with 5 minutes to go the game looked lost. St Mary’s came storming back into the match with 2 quick tries from Charlie Kain to tie things up before a powerful run from Isaac Kain stole the victory with the final move of the match.
The boys came up against a very strong Berwick side in game 4 but put in a very encouraging performance, testing their opposition on several occasions before eventually succumbing 5 tries with more scores for Brandon, Charlie and Isaac. The final match of the day was unfortunately a walk over as St Benedict’s had picked up several injuries on the day and were unable to fulfil the fixture.
The Year 9 team played in 3 fixtures against James Calvert, Berwick and Alnwick and struggled to convert some excellent build-up play into tries throughout the day. Despite strong play from Saqlain Ghaffar, Luke Devlin and Jack Pilling the team’s inexperience really showed and left St Mary’s facing some one sided results, with the 3 matches finishing 3-1, 5-2 and 4-1 despite an excellent effort by all included.
A terrific performance from all the boys attending. A main focus for the rest of the year for both years must be attending training in better numbers to enable both teams to improve their performance even further.
Players of the Day –
Brandon Wilson – scored several powerful tries in the day, also showing an extra gear to break away from the defence on a fine individual effort.
Luke Devlin – the standout player for the Y9 team, Luke was fantastic in defence and at the breakdown and stole possession on several occasions.