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18th July 2018, 11:06 | ChampionSchools
Brooksbank 20-14 Wade Deacon
By Dan Richardson
A closely-contested Year 10 Boys Final saw Brooksbank crowned the Schools Champions after a 20-14 win over Wade Deacon.
Wade Deacon started as they meant to go on after a brilliant kick off bounced and went out of play earning them some early possession. They made it count as Alex Sutton scored inside the first two minutes, going over in the corner but the conversion was a hard one and the attempt was unsuccessful.
A great passing move from Wade Deacon sent Sutton clean through again just five minutes later and he raced 40 metres to score in the same position as his first, but again the conversion was missed. Brooksbank closed the gap half way through the first half as James Dawson Thackeray barged his way over the line but Joe McDonnell missed his attempt at a conversion.
Thackeray’s try seemed to hand Brooksbank the momentum and three minutes before the break Felix Lorimer broke away down the right wing and shrugged off an oncoming defender to score his try and equal the score line. The following conversion was just short and left the score at 8-8 going into half time.
It took just under 10 minutes for the first try of the second half but it came from Brooksbank’s Jack Lumb who snuck over from close range. The try added to McDonnell’s first successful kick of the match put their side 14-8 in front. Wade Deacon hit back shortly after as their number six Sam Craig ran at the line and threw a fantastic dummy to open the gap and go over for the try. The two extra points equaled the score again at 14-14.
With just seven minutes remaining Brooksbank went ahead as Thackeray went over for his second of the game on the back of some great passing and McDonnell converted. Wade Deacon continued to attack but didn’t manage to get over the line and the final score saw a 20-14 win for Brooksbank.