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Friday, 01 August 2014

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Whitehaven's St Benedict's School reach national RL final

St Benedict's School have a date with Hull’s Sirius Academy in a national rugby league final on May 9.

The west Cumbrians have reached the Year 11 final of the Carnegie Champion Schools competition, while the school’s Year 8 side has a home quarter-final in the national competition on May 2.

This week’s semi-final win by the Under-16’s (Year 11) was a remarkable effort, because at half-time they trailed reigning champions Brooksbank of Halifax, 18-12.

Minutes into the second-half the deficit had increased to 24-12.

But from that point St. Benedict’s took over and eventually ran-out winners 46-28 to book their place in next month’s final which will be staged at Bradford’s famous old Odsal Stadium (now called the Grattan Stadium).

Team coach Paul Farrell said: “They really finished strongly and produced some excellent rugby. They have confidence in their own ability and there are some talented individuals among them.”

Jordan Burns (2), Cole-Walker-Taylor (2), Danny Hodgson, Dominic Wear, Greg Howland and Jake Moore scored the tries.

Wear converted six of them, most of them difficult kicks, while Burns also improved one.

Hoping to follow their seniors to the final will be the Under-13s who have home advantage in the quarter finals on May 2 against St. Wilfred’s of Featherstone.

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