THE hard work of young rugby players has paid off after they secured silverware in a major competition.
The Year 10 team from Trinity Academy, in Thorne, were disappointed to be beaten in the first round of the South Yorkshire Schools competition.
However, the boys were determined to take advantage of the chance to play in a second competition set up for those knocked out of the cup.
In the South Yorkshire Schools Rugby Plate final, they were convincing winners in a nine-a-side match against Meadowhead School, Sheffield, which ended 88-17 including 16 tries.
Director of key stage four, Dave Potts, said: “From the outset Trinity played a fast paced and exciting brand of rugby. The boys were able to keep the ball alive and constantly find gaps in the opposition’s defence.
“Captain Tom Willey led from the front as captain but was ably assisted by his teammates who all performed well. A massive well done to all of the team.”
Tom, 15, who is on the England Rugby Developing Player Programme and plays for Doncaster Knights, said: “The lads played really well. It was a good end to the season.”
The next challenge for the Y10 boys is trials for the Emmanuel Schools Foundation Lions, a squad comprising the best players selected from each of the four ESF sister schools, that will go on tour later this year.