King’s School under-15s progressed to the last 16 of the National Daily Mail Cup, having battled through a very tough game against Crossley Heath Grammar School from Halifax.
After a nervous start, in which King’s made a number of uncharacteristic errors, their nerves were settled around five minutes before half time when Callum Slack used his strength and speed to break for a try. Sam Bell kicked the conversion superbly.
A penalty was conceded by Crossley shortly after the restart and once again Bell kept his composure to make it 10-0. Continued pressure from King’s paid off when Callum Slack finished off some strong play with another try with 15 minutes remaining.
Kings were starting to tire and Crossley’s physical strength told with a try, following some concerted pressure on the King’s line.
Conor Slack then chased down a kick in the dying minutes of the game to tap down, and another cool Bell conversion went through the posts to see King’s through to the last 16 of the national cup competition.
The Slacks’ tries were the result of a wonderful all-round team effort, with every single player who has helped the boys to get to this stage showing exemplary commitment, pride and determination.
King’s will play either QEGS Wakefield or Altrincham Grammar School in the next round.