On Wednesday 10 January, at City of Derry RFC, Sperrin Integrated College 1st XV won their first Under 18 High Schools Cup Final, beating Carndonagh Community School. A well-disciplined and clinical performance from the Magherafelt boys ensured a convincing 36-0 victory and saw them become Ulster Champions and school history makers.
Sperrin started the game brightly and were soon into their stride with big carries from David Evans, Jack Stewart-Williams, Jack Leacock and Charlie Clarke. Carndonagh were struggling to cope with the intensity and tempo of the Sperrin game and inevitably spaces began to open in their defence. Sperrin didn’t need a second invitation and after some excellent work in the scrum Charlie Clarke burst over in the corner for an unconverted try. This settled the nerves, but from the kick off Carndonagh applied huge pressure after a Sperrin handling error. However, the Sperrin defence, led heroically by Marc Feathers, was a match for anything the Donegal side could produce. (more…)