5th May 2011, 20:13
St Josephs School beat Wigan side to move to semis
Welsh Year 8 Champions St Josephs Roman Catholic School (Newport) prod
Welsh Year 8 Champions St Josephs Roman Catholic School (Newport) produced an outstanding result in the Carnegie Rugby League Champions Schools on Thursday by travelling to Wigan-based school St Edmund Arrowsmith and beating them 36-22 in their own backyard.
St Josephs will now take on St Peters of Manchester for a place in August's Final that will take place in London on the day before the Carnegie Challenge Cup Final at Wembley.
St Edmund Arrowsmith had defeated reigning champions Dowdale School of Barrow in their previous game and were red hot favourites especially after St Joseph's long coach journey that took its toll on the Welsh side who started slowly.
St Josephs were behind twice in the first half but did go into the lead 10-8 to the good after tries from Rollin Menayese and his twin brother Elvis with Rollin adding the first goal.
The third try came just after half-time when a powerful run from second Row Max Williams gave St Joes field position for Rollin Menayese to dive over from dummy half before kicking the goal to make the score 16-8.
St Edmunds scored two uncoverted tries to level the scores before Rollin sprinted 100 metres to complete his hat-trick and adding the extras.
He quickly added his fourth following strong carrying from Keenan Bird and Andrew Oragun, Rollin Menayese again converting before Max Williams handed off four would be tacklers, adding his name to the scoresheet to make the score 32-16.
The home side scored a mere consolation before Rollin Menayese scored a further try making his personal tally to 28 points just before the end of the game to complete the scoring.
St Joeseph's coach Steffam Sankala said: "We showed great resilience against an experienced outfit. This is a huge achievement not just for the school but for Welsh Rugby League as a whole to come to a hotbed of Rugby League and come away with much deserved win."