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Brigshaw High School featured in both matches, winning the year ten Wilson Cup
Corpus Christi and Brigshaw schools triumph in Leeds and Hunslet cup
6 December 2018, 1:22
By Dan Hawkhead
Corpus Christi and Brigshaw high schools were victorious at last night's Leeds and Hunslet cup finals at the John Charles Centre.
The event, which is supported by Mears Group and Sky Try, runs over two weeks, bringing together the best school teams from around Yorkshire to compete. Last night, it was the year eight and ten finals.
Brigshaw, who have been largely successful in the competition in the past, qualified for both finals, whilst Corpus Christi and St Mary's Menston, who were playing in their first rugby league final, were also involved.

The first match of the evening saw Corpus Christi take on Brigshaw for the year eight Goldthorpe Cup. Opening the scoring with Mark Nelson, Corpus asserted their authority, forcing Brigshaw to defend for most of the game.

A try for both sides before the break made the score 10-4; Brigshaw doing well to keep their opponents at a close scoreline.

Corpus continued their dominance in the second half, running a further three tries past their opponents, courtesy of Ken Eyre man of the match Joe Gitari Ritho and another for Nelson. This ensured Corpus retained the cup for another year with a 22-4 victory.

In the second final of the evening, Brigshaw featured again, this time against St Mary's Menston in the year 10 Wilson Cup. Despite a tense first half, Brigshaw produced a confident and clinical second half display to take the title.

It was St Mary's who took the lead early on; Joe Priestly recieving a short pass to dive over and score. Brigshaw bounced back with two quick tries from Ethan Spear and Jacob Dakeyne but unsuccessful conversions punished the East Leeds school as St Mary's put themselves back in front thanks to Matt Tindale.

There was late drama on the half time whistle as Brigshaw's Jayden Fisher put the sides level and the chance to take the lead. The missed conversion made a 12 all deadlock at half time.

Brigshaw came out firing in the second half, scoring four unanswered tries. Jayden Fisher completing his hat trick was the highlight as well as tries from Spear and Alfie Edgell, who won the David Heron man of the match, as Brigshaw sealed a 34-12 win.

The trophy presentations and man of the match awards were conducted by Phil Holmes and Neal Lean from the Leeds Rhinos Players Association, current Leeds Rhinos forward Jack Ormondroyd and Stephen McGrail, great grandson of Albert Goldthorpe.

For more information on the event and our work in high schools across Leeds, email ian.hardman@leedsrhinosfoundation.org or visit our website.
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