SADDLEWORTH School’s year eight rugby team won through to the quarter finals of the North West Counties Champion Schools’ Competition with a perfect record.
The youngsters won all three group games by emphatic margins scoring a total of 110 points.
They kicked off their campaign with a 42-8 win at Cowley, St Helens, racing to an unassailable 30-0 half-time lead.
There was a 24-point haul for Vincent Arthurs and tries from player of the match Lewis Jagger, Joe Sothcott and a brace for full back Harry Hibbert.
Next up was St Gregory’s, Warrington, at home when they scored seven tries in a comprehensive 38-0 victory.
There were two tries for Jagger and one apiece from player of the match Harry Bates, impressive debutant Jonas Viella, Hibbert, Archie McKimm and Vinny Arthurs who converted five of the seven tries.
They completed the group games with a 30-10 home victory against St Edmund Arrowsmiths, from Wigan.
Saddleworth scored five tries from Arthurs (2), Jacob Dibden, Ruben Thompson, Bates and a full length of the field score from the fast improving Viella.
On a difficult afternoon for goalkicking Arthurs had a 50 per cent success rate with his conversions.
The team have topped their group and will entertain visitors from the Widnes area in the quarter- finals after half term.
MORE than 20 year seven players and year 10 sports leader Josh Eckerley represented Saddleworth School superbly in the Oldham Schools’ Rugby League Festival at St Anne’s RLFC.
They fielded two teams in the tournament which was organised by the Leeds Rhinos Foundation.
Saddleworth swept all their opponents aside with some silky ball handling skills.
The Red team eventually earned the bragging rights over their Whites in the play-off final.
Lewis Jagger was named player of the tournament but one of the most pleasing aspects of the afternoon was that more than a third of the squad were playing their first ever games of full contact rugby.
Even more impressive was that more than half of the boys managed to score at least one try during the festival.
Next up for the team will be three group matches in the North West Counties Schools’ Competition which will see them tackle teams from hotbeds such as Wigan, St Helens and Warrington.
THE year nine rugby team defeated Bluecoat 50-16 at Oldham Edge in a comprehensive team performance.
A plethora of different players crossed the opposition’s try line, including Will Jones who displayed scintillating pace to register a personal hat-trick.
Player of the match was Ben Sinfield for his sterling efforts in both attack and defence.