RUGBY: Priory Ruskin Academy runners-up in South Lincs Cup

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Priory Ruskin Academy have enjoyed an extremely successful season and capped it by finishing second in the South Lincolnshire Cup.

The season began with the boys recording a 100 per cent win record in friendlies against Lincoln Minster, Priory LSST and Carre’s Grammar.

Their Lincs Cup campaign began with an emphatic 30-point first round victory over Bourne Academy. A comprehensive win over St George’s Academy followed to set up a semi-final with Queen Elizabeth Grammar, Horncastle, which they edged by eight points.

The final was against Sleaford’s Carre’s who they had narrowly beaten by five points earlier in the season.

Priory won the toss and opted to kick off, Carre’s moved the ball quickly with the obvious game plan of utilising their speedy backs and scored a very early try between the posts.

The Ruskin boys were not going to let their heads drop and an extremely spirited forwards rumble, led by Jack Pirie, saw Priory level the scores. The first half continued with a number of tries being scored, mostly by the extremely talented Carre’s inside centre with whom the Priory backline struggled to control.

Ruskin trailed 24-12 at half time and Carre’s extended their lead with two unanswered tries after the break.

With Priory looking down and out, all of a sudden the tide changed and wave after wave of attack came from the full Ruskin 15. With five minutes to play, the scores were separated by just five points and the Ruskin boys really had their tails up, however the Carre’s defence held strong and the Priory finished runners-up with a scoreline of 48-43.