Hill House School reach Yorkshire Cup semi-finals

Hill House School’s under 16s reached the semi-finals of the Yorkshire Cup with a 26-14 win over rivals Mount St Mary’s College.

Tuesday, 28th December 2021, 4:29 pm
Hill House School’s under-16s rugby union squad.

The Doncaster school produced a stirring comeback as they came from 14-5 down to reach the last four of the county knockout competition.

Isaac Sprenger scored tries in both halves, while Jonah Tucsemskyi and William Burridge also touched down to seal a memorable victory.

One of the oldest derby matches in the school rugby calendar was played under the floodlights at Doncaster Knights’ Castle Park.

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Action from Hill House School’s Yorkshire Cup victory over Mount St Mary’s College.

And, despite the cold and wet conditions, the match proved to be a classic encounter with all the passion and effort associated with a derby clash.

Hill House applied some early pressure but a long clearance from Mount’s fly-half led to a turnover and a try to put them 7-0 ahead.

Sprenger crashed through Mount’s defence in response and the game reached half time with the Sheffield school leading 7-5.

Mount extended their lead from the restart as Hill House failed to gather the ball and the conversion moved them 14-5 ahead.

Hill House remained calm, showed some good handling despite the cold and slowly asserted some forward dominance. Some sensational tacking by the backs, led by Henry Westmorland-Smith, saw the Doncaster boys begin to get the upper hand.

A deft chip by Flynn Love-Edwards was collected by Tucsemskyi who finished with outrageous skill to help reduce the deficit to 14-12.

Powerful running by forwards Paul Mellor, Finnan Doody, Henry Jones, Nate Close and Sprenger, and a dominant performance in the lineout by Spencer Butt, then proved decisive.

Firstly Sprenger went over for his second score and then Burridge crossed the line to seal an excellent 26-14 win for Hill House.

Chris Rose, Hill House’s director of rugby, said: “This was a defining performance for these boys.

“To come from behind in these conditions and overcome a strong Mount St.Mary’s team was a tremendous result and they can only improve from here.”

Hill House can now look forward to a semi-final in the new year.