On Wednesday, our U16s played Priestlands in the County Cup quarter final. It was a very tight game from the start. HCS had plenty of possession, taking the game to the opposition in the first 15 minutes but couldn’t quite cross the line. Priestlands kicked a penalty to take the lead 3-0. However HCS continued to apply the pressure, consistently going forward in what was turning out to be a really tough contest. After some intelligent play from the forwards and backs, HCS ventured into the opposition’s twenty-two. Sticking to the pattern, the team continued to move forward and broke through, making the score 5-3 which it remained until half time.
The second half started as the first had finished, with both teams slugging it out for a place in the semis. The tiredness was showing on the players and darkness was starting to fall. However, HCS rallied again showing the same good attacking displayed in the first half. This continued pressure saw a line break from Nathaniel (Year 11), who made 30 metres before being stopped illegally. HCS decided to kick for the corner where after a dominant drive and some ferocious pick and goes, Joel (Year 11) managed to score. It was a fantastic team try, with both forwards and backs combining which gave HCS a 10-8 lead with 10 minutes to go.
The next six minutes witnessed the two teams really fighting for the extra yards, with every player putting their bodies on the line, trying to keep the ball and move forwards. A dominant scrum on the Priestlands 10 metre line gave HCS a penalty. Joel went quickly past the first player and raced 40 metres to score under the posts. The elation of that moment was fantastic, with every member of the team celebrating, showing true team spirit. Nathaniel added the conversion to make it 17-8.
Priestlands came back at HCS, but the defence held firm and worked hard to keep them at bay. The final whistle brought elation from HCS. It was a fantastic game by both teams. The U16s now march on to the County Cup semi-final.