Rydal Penrhos’ U15 rugby side produced a comeback for the ages to reach the next round of the National Plate this weekend.
It’s been great to see competitive sporting fixtures return to the school after almost 18 months of frustration due to COVID-19 restrictions. Something with everyone associated with Rydal Penrhos has missed enormously.
This was an absolutely incredible display from the U15 side. Things looked bleak at one stage during the contest, which saw the hosts fall behind 34-7 and with plenty of work to do in the second half.
Thankfully, resolve is something the U15s have plenty of. They regrouped and came out with a renewed sense of purpose following the interval, which brought about a complete turnaround in the team’s fortunes.
A relentless attacking display saw them get to within one score of their opponents before Liam Farrell came up with the goods at the death with a last-gasp try to level things up.
All eyes were then on Gabriel Speakman, who had the chance to cap a dramatic victory by successfully converting the score. Thankfully, the Year 10 pupil held his nerve and despatched the conversion with aplomb to the delight of those in attendance.
There were a host of outstanding performances throughout the encounter. Alex Wise, Gabriel Donohue and Philo Rozek carried the ball hard to break through many tackles during the game, which contributed significantly to Rydal Penrhos’ success.
This was matched by some exceptional vision and determination from backs such as Freddie MacLaverty, Ethan Akroyd and James Gilman en route to a sensational triumph.
Comebacks such as this don’t happen without a full team effort. Everyone played their part, worked well as a unit and gave maximum effort to bounce back in the best possible fashion.
Next up in the National Plate will be a game against Wirral Grammar School on Thursday 4 November and we would like to congratulate every member of our U15 squad on a remarkable accomplishment in the face of adversity.
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