Trinity sealed the U15 Schools Plate with a stunning performance at Sixways Stadium as they beat Hymers College 45-5.
Held at the home of Worcester Warriors the U15 Plate Final, Trinity put in a simply sensational second half performance to race away from Hymers College.
In the opening minutes it had the feeling of being a really tight contest all the way though, until Trinity’s sensational openside Khalil Alleyne opened the scoring just after midway through the first half as he powered over from inside the 22.
From a touchline position, Joe Cotton hit the post with the conversion but such was the cleanliness of the strike that we should have known that more was to come from his wonderful boot later in the game.
It took just three minutes for that moment to come as Cotton stepped in at first receiver and hoisted an inch perfect crossfield kick for Nathan Slack, who cut inside on catching the ball for a sensational try. Options rarely seen at U15 level.
Cotton converted, and suddenly where only minutes before the game was on a knife edge, Trinity now held a 12-0 lead, which they took all the way through to half time.
If that was the start, the opening ten minutes of the second half was where the game was won for Trinity. After seven minutes inside centre Bertie Little cut a superb line to go in under the sticks, with Cotton converting for 19-0.
Just two minutes later 19-0 became 24-0 when that cruel reality that is the bounce of a rugby ball bit Hymers College where it hurts. As Trinity sent the ball downfield hooker Daniel Moore-Prempeh led the chase, but Hymers were the favourites to win it, with more men and the ball coming their way.
As it bounced, though, it sat up instead of skipping towards the defence and a gleeful Moore-Prempeh gobbled it up before showing a brilliant turn of pace to race 40 metres down the left hand side to score.
Unfortunately for Hymers, there was an air after that that the game was near done in terms of the outcome, Trinity were bouncing while Hymers were, understandably, defelated.
That feeling only increase on the mid-point of the half as Trinity crossed for their fifth try of the game, this time giant left wing Seun Ogunyemi. From around the halfway line he first outpowered and then utterly outpaced everyone else on the field, including his own teammates, as the scorched down the left wing before rounding out under the posts for 31-0 with Cotton’s conversion.
The Yorkshire side did briefly rally, scoring a try through full back Max Brockelsby, but Trinity quickly hit back through the sensational Alleyne before replacement Henry Molyneux added a remarkable seventh for Trinity to finish the game at 45-5 in their favour with Cotton’s two conversions.
It was a tough day for Hymers College in the end, but the noise and pride of their supports throughout was clear, in simply being here at all they had done them proud. Ten minutes after the final whistle they were still cheering, still chanting, whatever happened on the field today did not matter a jot, this was a group that has achieved some special things together.
For Trinity it was one of the proudest days in their school’s sporting history, a wonderful and mature performance from an incredibly exciting group of players.
They were quite simply sensational, particularly in the second half when they sniffed their chance of taking the game and took it with utter aplomb. A wonderful, wonderful, performance.
Full Time: Hymers College 5-45 Trinity
15 Max Brockelsby, 14 Malachy McHale, 13 Finn Parker, 12 Matthew Cawley, 11 Armaan Gupta, 10 Michael Kopac-Pickering, 9 Sam Jackson, 1 George Xue, 2 Ezzen Farooq, 3 Noah Lowe, 4 Tom Douglas, 5 Ankit Chawla, 6 Kaie Bosworth, 7 Harry Burssel, 8 Charlie Phillips (c).
Replacements: 16 Tendai Chinganga, 17 Oscar Rayner, 18 William Buckle, 19 Alfie Cellela.
15 Joe Cotton, 14 Nathan Slack, 13 Ollie Bailey, 12 Bertie Little, 11 Seun Ogunyemi, 10 Harry Bingley, 9 Charlie Haydon, 1 George Papa, 2 Daniel Moore-Prempeh, 3 Kane Fleary, 4 Pierce Cummins, 5 Nathan Bowry, 6 Joe Connolley, 7 Khalil Alleyne, 8 Archie Pearson (c).
Replacements: 16 Ross Sinclair, 17 Dan West, 18 Henry Molyneux, 19 Max Remfry, 20 Finn Kennedy, 21 Tyrese Ngegba, 22 Roma Matebalavu.