Champion Schools Year 10 National Semi-Finals
Temple Moor 6
By Adam Grice
Outwood Grange overcame their toughest test as they beat stubborn Temple Moor to reach the final of the Year 10 Carnegie Champion Schools Tournament at Odsal Stadium.
Three unanswered tries from Kieran Holt, Sam Wood and Max Jowlitt converted by Jowlitt ensured that Outwood led 18 – 0 at the interval.
Leeds based Temple Moor showed glimpses of getting back into the game when Matty Stables squeezed between the Outwood defence before he touched down underneath the posts.
Holt notched his second try of the match after he crafted an opportunity to sneak between the Temple Moor defence, however full back Jowlitt failed to convert on this occasion.
The match was stopped in the dying stages after England schoolboy Holt was carried off the pitch after suffering a serious injury to his knee.
Outwood’s head coach Roy Sampson was delighted following his side’s semi-final success. He said: “I thought Temple Moor were outstanding today, they gave us a real challenge and we stepped up to the plate.
“We have a special group of players here at Outwood, they thrive on success and have not looked back since Wembley four years ago.
“We have 10 players on scholarships with Super League clubs and two England schoolboys, which shows that we have quality within our side,” Sampson continued.
CWM RHYMNI 18
By Ian Golden
Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Ystalyfera have become the first ever Welsh speaking side to reach a National Rugby League Final after beating fellow Welsh speaking school Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni 42-18 in the semi-final of the Year 10 Champions Schools competition at The Gnoll in Neath.
They will take on Outwood Grange School from Wakefield at a new venue, Bradford Bulls’ Odsal Stadium, on Thursday 23rd August, moved from London due to clashes with the Olympics.
The match also doubled up as the Welsh Final, which has been postponed due to rain a few weeks before and it gave this Ystalyfera side their second successive title after beating the same Cwm Rhymni side 30-28 in last year’s Year 9 Welsh Final, a game that became famous for being the first ever Rugby League game to feature 100% Welsh speakers.
Ystalyfera now become only the fourth Welsh side in history to reach a National Champions Schools Final.
The scoring in this exciting encounter was tit for tat in the opening stages of the game until the Swansea valley school let rip just before half-time and continued to express their dominance after the interval.
Ystalyfera opened the scoring on five minutes with a try in the corner by Curtis Davies.
But Cwm Rhymni struck back as Lewis Alexander scored under the sticks converting it himself to give them a 6-4 lead.
A mistake from kick-off let Ystalyfera a scrum and they made no mistake as a result with Keiron Williams going over. Luc Williams converted to put them 10-6 up.
The lead changed hands again when Alexander twisted his way past the defence for his second which Alexander goaled to make the score 12-10.
But that was the last time Cwm Rhymni had the lead. Conor Davies went under the sticks following a fine passing move which Williams converted, then Curtis Davies ran down the wing for an excellent try which Luc Williams converted to make the score 22-12 at half-time.
They extended their lead further at the start of the second half when Keiron Williams scored in the corner from the very first set. Luc Williams converted to make the score 28-12.
Alex Malgat forced his way over for Ystalyfera’s sixth try before Dafydd Rees got a try back for Cwm Rhymni with Alexander converting to make the score 32-18.
But man of the match Keiron Williams completed his hat-trick which Luc Williams converted before Conor Davies ripped through the defence to complete the scoring.
The Welsh schools final trophy was presented to them by Laurence Harris from Daioni, one of Wales Rugby League’s leading sponsors and manufacturers of the UK’s best tasting and the UK’s first and only organic flavoured milk drink.
Ystalyfera coach Ioan Bebb, a former Wales Rugby League Student International said: “We’re absolutely delighted to get through to the national final. We’re all really proud of the boys for getting this far and we can’t wait for August and to play on the famous Bradford Bulls stadium.”