On Friday the 25th may, XII Apostles faced Leigh CE at Leigh Miners rugby ground for the second time in as many weeks. This time was the John Woods cup final and was also the final game of the season, which was also the last ever school game for the Year 6s. XII Apostles felt both anxious and excited at the opportunity to gain some revenge from the previous week’s disappointment in the Kirkhall cup final against the same opposition. This was a chance to prove themselves.
The game kicked off at around 4 o’clock and the pitch was very slippy due to the rain, which made it very difficult for both teams to keep hold of the ball. Despite these conditions, both teams showcased their tremendous talents. Leigh CE opened the scoring in the corner with a very well worked try. However, within a few minutes XII Apostles managed to score a try in the corner of their own with Evan getting over the line making the score 6-4 to Leigh CE. After about 10 minutes of superb rugby both teams Leigh CE scored another. Although this try was swiftly cancelled out by a fantastic passing try from XII Apostles and Bradley, showing excellent technical rugby skills. The half time whistle went leaving both teams tied at 10-10.
The second half commenced. It was very obvious both teams were determined to go home champions. As a result of more end to end, high octane rugby the scoreline did not stay the same for very long and Leigh CE used their size and strength to notch another two tries onto the scoresheet. XII Apostles on the other hand did not look like giving up and would not allow Leigh CE to dominate. XII Apostles continued to show their classy style of Rugby creating more chances. With five minutes left to play they got a break and closed the gap with a try from Jake. The score was 14 – 22 with only minutes to play and XII Apostles looking like they could score again. Unfortunately, Leigh CE managed to survive XII Apostles attacks and in the last play of the game they sealed their victory.
The final whistle blew and the game finished 14-28 to Leigh CE. XII Apostles finished as valiant runners-up, with the opposition coach praising their style of rugby. The man of the match was awarded to Jake for his creative play throughout the match, although the whole team played superbly well as they have done throughout the season.
Written by Hudson and Jake.