Sides book cup final appearances
Brooksbank 14 v 12 St Benedicts
In a close tie Brooksbank edged out St Benedict’s to reach the Carnegie Champion Schools Year 7 Final. which will be played at Wembley Stadium as a curtain raiser to the Challenge Cup Final on Saturday 27 August .
An early score by St Benedict’s put Brooksbank on the back foot when Luke Bowney darted over the whitewash.
Brooksbank quickly replied when stand-off Sam Bake showed great skill to run blind from the scrum and sprint 80 metres to cross the line.
Great defensive work by Dakota Whylie and Sheldon McFadzean prevented numerous scoring opportunities for St Benedict’s.
Excellent power-play saw Brooksbank saw them take the lead when Sam Borough forced his way over the line.
Jack Davies then crashed over for Brooksbank and Jamie Greenwood converted. In the dying minutes St Benedict’s surged forward and powerful fullback Sam Cruden squeezed through the defence.
South Leeds Academy 22 v 20 Castleford High
A hard fought battle saw South Leeds Academy overcome a tough resilient Castleford High School team to join Brooksbank in the showpiece Wembley final.
The first half attack was dominated by South Leeds and in the opening minutes Dyson Nicholson surged through the defence to score a self-converted try.
Great play by loose forward Connor Chadwick got South Leeds in dangerous positions from which Craig McShane and Scot Sharp took full advantage.
The second half saw a more intense battle as Castleford High bit back. Excellent play by Jack Render saw him cap a great passing move.
Castleford captain Cameron Smith showed great attacking and defensive skills before getting on the score-sheet himself.
South Leeds’ Chadwick then capped his display with a well deserved try; however two late finishes from Corey Southern and a second for Cameron Smith left Castleford 2 points behind at full time
Temple Moor 44 v 0 Outwood Grange
A spirited performance by Outwood Grange was not enough to overcome Temple Moor who will now take on St Josephs in the Year 8 Final at the Stoop in August.
Last year’s beaten finalists Temple Moor looked determined to progress from their heartbreak and after 8 minutes Ben Goddey crossed for the Leeds side.
After good defensive work by Outwood’s pack and strong running by the outside backs, they were unlucky not to capitalise on their advances.
Two quick tries before half time by Temple Moors Roy Railton gave his team a half time advantage.
Temple Moor started the second half with confidence and soon crossed the whitewash with Roy Railton’s 3rd and 4th of the game. Outwood again pressed the defensive line but were unable to break the tough tackling side.
Good footwork by Luke Barraclough saw him cross for two tries in quick succession before Jimmy McIlhise rounded off the scoring.
St Peters 4 V 30 St Josephs
A well fought battle saw Welsh school St. Josephs, Newport beat St. Peters make it to the Year 8 Champion Schools Final.
St Peters took a first minute lead when scrum half Joe Hammam broke through the defence to cross the whitewash.
Strong defence held off St Josephs until loose forward Rollin Menayese powered over the line.
This was soon followed by a surging cross field sprint by Elvis Menayese and another score for Rollin.
The second half was equally as entertaining as St Peters took on the defence causing great difficulty down the flanks.
Great team play saw Elvis Menayese cross for his second of the game and strong running saw centre Max Williams get on the score sheet.
The scoring was finalised when Elvis Menayese finished a fine performance with his third.
Outwood Grange 26 v 16 South Holderness
The first year 9 semi-final was a close, fiery contest that was played at great pace throughout. Early exchanges were even as both teams enjoyed possession in their opponent’s halves.
The deadlock was broken on 10 minutes, Captain Brad Parker crossing from close range to give South Holderness the lead. The conversion was kicked by Ben Winterburn.
South Holderness enjoyed good possession after their opening score however Outwood Grange were able to keep the score at 6-0.
In fact it was Outwood Grange who levelled the game on 15 minutes, centre Jacob Ware leapt high to collect a kick and cross in the corner.
Ashley Bastiman kicked the difficult conversion attempt.
After an even 10 minutes it was South Holderness who restored their lead, Julian Gladwin intercepting a stray pass and running almost the length of the field to score a superb individual try.
Again Winterburn added the extras.
However the Hull side could not maintain their advantage going in to the break.
Again Ware leapt high to collect a kick on the right hand side, this time offloading to Jack Mortley who crossed in the corner. Jowett was successful with the conversion, 12-12 at half time.
Five minutes into the second half and Parker crossed for his second to give South Holderness the lead for the third time.
A good individual effort from the hooker, but the conversion was missed.
South Holderness however soon conceded a penalty on their own try line, eventually allowing Ware to cross in the corner for his second. Again the scores were level.
With ten minutes remaining it was all to play for, the Outwood Grange kicking game however proved useful once again, as Ware pounced on a dropped catch and crossed for his hat-trick.
Down by four South Holderness attacked theOutwood Grange defence, however Gladwin was denied a second by the referee.
It was Outwood Grange who progressed to the national final, Will Hudson crossing before the full time whistle to confirm their victory.
The successful conversion made it 26-16. Hat-trick hero Jacob Ware was announced man of the man of the match for his performance.
Priesthorpe 16 - 12 St Peters (golden point extra-time)
Both teams made a tentative start to the game, knowing that the winners would face Outwood Grange in the national final.
The early exchanges were shaded by Priesthorpe although no scoring opportunities were created.
After the quiet opening it was Priesthorpe who took the lead on 18 minutes, Hassan Khan crossing over to break the deadlock. Golding missed the resulting conversion.
The score however brought the game to life, St Peters responded almost immediately through Phil Atherton.
The conversion attempt was unsuccessful, meaning that the score remained 4-4.
Priesthorpe restored their advantage before the half-time break as Liam Ellis crossed in the corner.
Again the conversion was missed as Priesthorpe took an 8-4 advantage into the break.
Again the second half started quietly as both teams defended resolutely.
Priesthorpe however were first to score, extending their lead after 40 minutes.
Ben Maddison made a good interception and raced to the corner to make their lead 12-4.
Now Priesthorpe seemed to have the upper hand as they continued to attack the St. Peters defence.
St.Peter’s showed admirable commitment in defence and begun to attack themselves in an effort to reduce the deficit.
It was Phil Atherton, scoring his second of the game, who was successful.
The missed conversion meant that the scores were 12-8 with 8 minutes remaining.
This restored hope for St. Peters who scored again to level the scores, hooker Josh Houghton raced over to set up an exciting finish.
The difficult conversion attempt was unsuccessful, keeping the scores level at 12-12.
Both teams traded possession before the final whistle was blown, golden point would decide who would progress to the final.
Extra-time again provided resolute defence, however it was Sam Hallas who was the hero, crossing for Priesthorpe in the corner and booking their place in the national final.