- Beths Grammar School beat Pocklington 37-27
- Daniel Ademola scores four tries
Beths Grammer School became the first winners of inaugural U15 Bowl competition in the NatWest Schools Cup at Worcester's Sixways Stadium with a 37-27 win over Pocklington.
A memorable U15 Bowl final provided excellent entertainment featuring an outstanding individual effort from Beths GS No 8 Daniel Ademola.
He contributed four tries as the Kent school fended off a determined challenge from Pocklngton who led early in the second half, 22-20.
However, Beths had the match-winner in Ademola who scored two more tries in quick succession after he had scored twice in the first half.
Ademola’s best try was his fourth which saw him race from near halfway to give Beths a crucial lead. That score was also converted by centre Dan Mitchell whose contribution of two conversions and a first-half penalty was another winning factor.
Pocklington hit back late on to grab a fifth try, centre Sam Dyson scoring his second, but Beths had the last act when wing Ishmel Mansaray scored outwide.
A hectic first half produced six tries at a frenzied pace. Beths dashed into a 10-0 lead in an opening where Ademola twice showed his strength to force his way over.
Pocklington could well have been overawed by the weight of the Beths attacks but they regrouped to build their own pressure.
At first Pocklington were rebuffed only for wing Ben Maycock to finish off outwide to reward that comeback.
Beths were quickly back on the attack and the lively centre James Powell was rewarded for an excellent start when his running skills earned his team’s third try. Mitchell converted for a lead of 17-5.
Pocklington were still not beaten and had a marvellous spell of pressure which brought two tries in two minutes from No Henry Hughes and Dyson.
Hughes broke off from a scrum while Dyson surged clear after Pocklington fielded a clearing kick.
Those scores put Pocklington within two at 15-17 only for the Yorkshire team to fall further behind by conceding a penalty which Mitchell kicked to finish the half.
When Pocklington scored through Hughes early in the second half they must have thought they could emerge winners when leading 22-20.
However, Ademola had other ideas. He scored his third from close range and produced a brilliant run to grab his fourth. Mitchell converted that try to put his team 32-22 ahead. It proved to be a winning lead.
Beths GS: Spike Weekes; Lucas Nathan, James Powell, Dan Mitchell, Ishamel Mansaray; Ted Burrows, Laurence Ticehurst; Tom Sealy, Liam Schiess, Harry McGurik, JJ Iyanda, Nathan Grant, Nathan Ticehurst, Fin Nichols, Daniel Ademola (capt).
Subs: Martin Ryan, Niall Schiess, Muhammed Mohamed, Ryan Nyathi, Dan Cunningham, Josh Howard, Jerry Adegoke.
Tries: Ademola (4), Powell, Mansaray. Conversion: Mitchell (2). Penalty goal: Mitchell.
Pocklington GS: William Dare; Edward James, Harry Matthews, Sam Dyson, Ben Maycock; Louis Sangwin, Harry Jones; Edward Hasdell, Archie Raper, John Wright, Michael Smith (capt), Freddie-Bickley Parton, Cameron Adams, Afonso Spencer, Henry Hughes.
Subs: Tom Duggleby, Tom Quirke, William Watts, Alfie Hall, Harry Cowan, Kobby Fofie, Oscar Hawskworth.
Tries: Maycock, Hughes (2), Dyson (2). Conversion: Matthews.
Referee: Andy Wigley.