Boys Through to Rugby League Quarter Finals
Thursday, 17 November 2011
Bolton School Under 14 Rugby League team created history for the town as they beat Haydock High School, St Helens number one seed, in the Carnegie Champion Schools Competition.
It is the first time a school from Bolton has competed in Champion Schools RL and to beat a team from a town that is known for Rugby League is a huge achievement for the school. The 22-20 victory means Bolton progress to the Quarter final stage of the County competition - only a few games from Wembley!
After initially going behind, Bolton sprang back to take the lead going into the interval. Haydock High came out all guns blazing after half time, regaining the lead, but Bolton weren't to be defeated and replied with two quick tries, bringing the scores to 20-20. With 4 minutes to go Bolton made another clean break down field, forcing a penalty under the posts that took Bolton through to the next round. Community Rugby League Coach John Duffy commented: "What an absolute thriller of a game! The commitment and determination shown by all the squad was breath taking, there are some very talented boys in this group, to stick to a game plan at any level for a full game is very difficult but this squad breathes discipline and composure and are a dream to coach, credit must go to the boys and their school"