Result: St Bede’s 36 – 20 Oakbank
Bede’s show class on the big stage to pulverise cup favourites!!
After a classy victory at Queensbury in horrendous conditions the mighty st Bedes marched on to face their nemesis Oakbank at Odsal stadium the home of the Bradford Bulls. The boys met with a a great deal of excitement and couldn’t contain themselves when they got to the ground and saw the field and all the fans that had travelled to cheer them on.
St Bedes started really brightly with a great kick off and pressure causing a knock on at the first attempt. Bedes failed to capitalise on this but after a big hit in the middle of the park Bedes were back in possession and after some great hands acorss the line Luke Briscoe dived over in the corner to score. Bedes continued this pressure from the kick off and this told with another great passing move allowing Harry Varley to squeeze over and make it 8-0.
Bedes kept up this relentless pressure and on the fifth tackle opted to kick for the corner which was picked up beautifully by Dominic Walker to score under the posts which Kieron Baker converted nicely.
Again Bedes kept up the fantastic momentum they had built with Matthew Bell going past countless numbers of defenders to score a great individual try.
The second half started very slowly for the Bedes boys and allowed Oakbank to score two try’s very quickly and had Mr King thinking about what they needed to do to combat this team which looked rejuvenated after a half time pep talk from an ex Bedes boy.
After a rousing chat under the posts the boys came out from the next kick off with a much better attitude applying the pressure in the same manner as they had in the first half and forced an error which gave the boys great field position. From this the Bedes boys drove forward using the forwards well pushing the Oakbank defence backwards and allowing Kieron Baker to dive over for his first score.
This Bedes pressure continued throughout the second half with Baker, Milnes, Wainwright going over in a matter minutes to out the game way out of Oakbank’s reach. Oakbank then went on to score two tries late in the game but this was only a conciliation as Bedes were just too good on the night.
The boy’s effort, attitude and commitment were amazing all night and they proved to be worthy winners on the big stage!
MOM - Kieron Baker – Scored two fantastic tries and controlled the game from dummy half fantastically well bringing others into the game and making life really hard for the Oakbank defence.
Championes, Championes Ole Ole Ole!!!