Saints Win Cuppers In Dramatic Finale



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St Anne's/John's celebrate Cuppers Victory

In what must be the most dramatic finish ever witnessed in over 100 years of Cuppers rugby, St Anne’s/St John’s edged home by 14 points to 12 when centre Paddy Doran’s last gasp conversion brushed the inside of the post to go over to see the Saints edge home with the final play of the match. The grand finale was set up when the referee signalled the last play of the game and with Teddy Hall in possession at the maul they were seemingly home and dry, but somehow the kick for touch was charged down and in the ensuing scramble a Saints player managed to gather the loose ball and dive over to to score the try to level the scores at 12 all! Thus setting up Doran for his heroic conversion.
Whilst this was not the highest scoring final it was hotly contested with the Saints pack taking the game to the Hall forwards, but it was the Hall backs who looked as though they held the key to victory. Former Blue Oscar Vallance enjoyed a fine game in the centres and scored the only try of the first half when he ghosted through the Saints midfield before rounding the full-back to score near the post, with full-back Robbie Humphries adding the extras. Half time 7 – 0 to Hall.
The second half score the Saints start strongly and they closed the gap to 3 points when skipper Phil Lucas emerged from a pile of bodies to claim the try, Doran however was off target with the conversion. Hall hit back quickly, again the backs showing their class with winger Alastair Adams-Cairns rounding off a fine move to dive over in the corner. This however was just the precursor to the dramatic events that would unfold in injury time, leaving the large partisan crowd unsure as to whether what they witnessed was possible! Saints flanker Nick Gardner was named Man of the Match for his all round display that inspired his fellow players to keep fighting to the final whistle.

Earlier in the evening Lincoln defeated Jesus by 10 points to 3 in the Plate Final, with trys from half backs Henry de Berker and Jonathan Hudson.

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