Sperrin Shatters Sullivan’s Dreams
With the half term break over, a Sperrin side went into their first 3rd XV schools cup game with little preparation. However, it was the experienced heads of Nageen Chada, David Evans, Padraig Totten and Ulster Under 18 Club Player Charlie Clarke at the forefront of this fantastic win. The first half of the game, Sperrin enjoyed a lot of the possession with Sullivan posing lots of threat out wide. The Sperrin wall did not break and the forwards through the determined hard work of Jack Leacock and Matthew Luke punched hole after hole in the Sullivan defence. The Sperrin team were forced under a lot of pressure midway through the half due to ill-discipline at ruck costing the team to give away too many needless penalties. The pressure weighed too much and Sullivan scored only after tremendous last ditch tackling from the forwards lead by David Evans. However, this did not deter from the Sperrin passion and immediately we gained yards pressing into the Sullivan 22 metre line. A silky break from Stefan Gabidion-Lyttle gave Sperrin the front foot momentum and this inevitably lead to Sperrin working tirelessly to score but Sullivan’s defence line was strong. With that, the Sperrin pack although inexperienced made yard after yard until an unfortunate knock-on gave Sullivan the scrum. But Sperrin finished the first half on Sullivan’s try line.
7-0 Sullivan at half time.
The second half began where Sperrin finished the first half, on the front foot taking the game to Sullivan. It wasn’t long until Sperrin broke the back line of Sullivan with David Evans breaking the gain line with 20 metres to go and scoring under the posts. The try was converted by the ever reliable out-half Nageen Chada. Now Sperrin were back in the game! After the restart the Sperrin team forced Sullivan back into their 22 metre line with Nageen Chada executing his kicking out of hand perfectly. This lead to Sperrin’s next try which was scored by scrum-half Stefan Gabidion-Lyttle. Again under the posts Chada converted the kick, 14-7 with 10 minutes to play. Sperrin were not finished there. From the restart, Sperrin played the best passage of play that any Sperrin team played before. With continuous line breaks from Padraig Totten, Charlie Clarke, David Evans and the formidable Jack Leacock, they paved the way for Martynas Raisuotis to score in the corner and it was 19-7 Sperrin.
The Sperrin team was then put under serious pressure from Sullivan but the heart, passion, determination and drive kept Sullivan out from scoring. This was led by Jack Leacock who held countless balls up and David Evans stealing ball with Charlie Clarke on the ground. The waves of attack from Sullivan weren’t enough and Sperrin held out.
Sperrin won and progress into the second round of the 3rd XV schools cup.