St Carthages Primary School Lismore Rugby Union side returned home last week as the State Champions of the NSW Catholic Primary Schools Rugby Union Competition.
The original 87 teams from across NSW were carved back to four finalists St Josephs School (Orange), Holy Trinity School (Inverell), St Peter and Pauls School (Kiama), and St Carthages.
The final series was held in Sydney at St Josephs College, Hunters Hill.
St Carthages first game was against St Josephs. This game was a close, evenly contested game in which the defence of St Carthages was severely tested by the Orange based team. St Carthages won 19-7 and progressed to the final against St Peter and Pauls School.
Kiama scored virtually from the opening whistle and converted, which unsettled the St Carthages boys, who took a while to find their rhythm. However, by half-time the locals had hit back to be ahead 14-7. Then they went on to post two more tries and seal the match. After the break St Carthages piled on the pressure to come away convincing 47-7 winners.
In the seven games played by St Carthages to win the competition only four tries were scored against them as the forwards laid a defensive foundation which was virtually indestructible.
This is the second time in three years that St Carthages has won the state-wide competition.
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