Champion Schools Year 8 National Semi-Finals
South Leeds 34
St Peters 16
By Abdus Miah
The aggression of Connor Chadwick and raw pace of Scott Sharp helped South Leeds Academy overcome tough opponents St Peters.
The two players set the tone of the game early on with a neat interchange of passing between themselves to run in two quick tries with the first scored by Sharp, his first of four tries, and the second by Chadwick, his first on the way to a hat trick.
Callum Bains impressed for St Peters and managed to cut the lead down but the St Peters’ defence could not cope with the speed of Sharp who helped South Leeds run away with the game in the first half.
Luke Brown also added a try after a brilliant kick from Chadwick enabled him to latch on to the ball and cross over.
St Peters put up more of a fight in the second period and looked rejuvenated. John Hurfins and Keenan scored but the damage was done in the first half as South Leeds ran out comfortable winners in the end.
Dyson Nicholson kicked three goals for South Leeds while Chris Wilson scored two out of three of his attempts at goal for St Peters.
After the game Scott Sharp said the team needed to set the record straight. “We got to the final last year but lost. We had to prove a point.”
St Wilfreds 50
By Abdus Miah
St Wilfreds dominated the second Semi-Final as Will Dagger helped himself to five tries.
Tiffin got off to a great start as the impressive Angelo Buter scored a great solo try. It was Tiffin’s only try of the first half in contrast to St Wilfred’s five.
Dagger responded to his opposite number to first peg one back and then put his team ahead. James Booth and Will Kelly chipped in with a try each to put the score line at 24-6 at half time.
Rhys Matisiak and Zach Freer two tries accompanied a further two tries from Dagger helped to increase the lead in second half for St Wilfreds.
Dagger wasn’t having much luck with the boot however, as St Wilfred rotated their kickers. Elliot Jones scoring two goals, Booth one goal and Evan Rowley three goals.
Tiffin managed to close the gap half way through the second period after Ali Fouladiasl scored and Buter got his second of the game to get the score within two converted tries. Connor Fulton scored two goals for Tiffin.
However, South Leeds powered their way through to a convincing 50 – 16 win.
Darren Holmes, St Wilfreds teacher in charge, was delighted with his team at the end of the game. He said, “I couldn’t be prouder. They worked hard as a team and deserved the win.”