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Two defeats for Welsh schools

17th May 2017, 14:58

Two defeats for Welsh schools

Defeats for both Ystalyfera and St John's Baptist Aberdare at North East Worcestershire Ravens RLFC on Wednesday means that Glantaf Year 9 are Wales' sole representatives on Champions Schools finals day in August.

Defeats for both Ystalyfera and St John's Baptist Aberdare at North East Worcestershire Ravens RLFC on Wednesday means that Glantaf Year 9 are Wales' sole representatives on Champions Schools finals day in August.

 

CHAMPION SCHOOLS SEMI-FINALS

 

YSGOL GYFUN YSTALYFERA 4 ST. JOHN’S FISHER WIGAN 22

 

St John Fisher’s size and Rugby League experience were just a bit too much for Swansea valley school Ystalyfera in the Year 8 Champion Schools semi-final as the Wigan school won a tough battle 22-4.

 

It took 15 minutes for the deadlock to be broken and it was the big St John Fisher loose forward Callum Martin who grounded to give his side the lead. The conversion attempt hit the post.

 

The lead was soon doubled. Jamie Wilde used his strength to brush off Ystalyfera players and ground. Again it went unconverted and St John Fisher went into half-time with an 8-0 lead.

 

Ystalyfera were on the board within two second half minutes. A fine run saw Rowan Lovering score in the corner with the conversion attempt hitting the post.

 

Straight away, the Wigan school struck back as Callum Martin scored his second of the afternoon.

 

That was before two further tries from Wilde sealed it, one in the corner, then one under the sticks, the latter converted by James Moran gave them an unassailable 22-4 lead.

 

 

ST. JOHN’S ABERDARE 16 CASTLEFORD ACADEMY 30

 

Castleford Academy, who won the Year 9 Final last year, had to come back from 16-6 down to overcome a strong St John’s Aberdare side in the Year 10 semi-final.

 

A try from Lewis Gough, scored in the corner and unconverted, gave St John’s an early lead, but straight away, Castleford hit back as Vaughan Larkin scored under the sticks and Bailey O’Connor converted.

 

St John’s regained the lead after Alex Mann broke through the back-line and placed the ball under the black dot. Cameron Samuels converted.

 

Then from kick-off, a strong run from Isaac Davies increased St John’s lead with Samuels converting again.

 

Two further Castleford tries scored by Jacob Woolford and Ben Knowles, both of which went unconverted, brought it back to 16-14 at the break.

 

St John’s held on until the final ten minutes before Castleford got two more tries to seal the game. Billy Marsh and then Oliver Price both scored near to the sticks and O’Connor had no problems with either conversion.

 

Price's try was scored when St John's were down to 12 men following a sin-binning and the game ended on a sour note after a sending off saw them reduced to 11 men. The English school took full advantage and scored in the corner through Marsh with his second, and Castleford’s final try to send them to the final.