Warwick School aiming for the double

  • NatWest Schools Cup finalists all confirmed
  • Plate and Bowl finals to be played at Sixways Stadium
  • Cup and Vase to be held at Twickenham 

Warwick School will be aiming to do the double next week in the NatWest Schools Cup finals with their U18 and U15 sides having both reached the Cup finals. 

The U15 Cup and Vase finalists were confirmed on Saturday at Allianz Park, here are all the stories from the weekend's action. 

Warwick seal final spot 

Warwick will meet arch rivals Wellington in the U15 Cup final at Twickenham on Wednesday, 29 March after proving too strong for Ivybridge Community College, beating them 33-22. 

They went into half-time against Ivybridge just 5-0 ahead thanks to a try from hooker Matt Rigby. Finlay Smith scored early in the second half converted by Jack Aston to make it 12-0. 

Ivybridge raised hopes of an upset when Jake Bond forced his way over from a line-out before Warwick centre Harry Spence raced onto his own chip to score a try near the posts.

Ivybridge once more fought back and a try in the corner by wing Mason King, following a neat pass from flanker Jack Mills, cut the deficit to 19-12.

However, Warwick finished the stronger as flanker Jack Forsythe crossed twice after finding holes in the Ivybridge defence. 

Two tries in the last final minutes from Ivybridge's Jamie Moore and Bond wasn't enough to close the gap. 

Wellington in comfortable victory 

Prop Fin Baxter is enjoying a season to remember in Wellington’s charge towards another Twickenham appearance. The loose head scored three tries in a quarter-final win over St Peter’s York and added two more in this latest win.

The Wellington pack camped out in the Whitgift half in an opening which saw Baxter score after 10 minutes. By half-time, Wellington had a stranglehold on the match scoring further tries from flanker Cassius Forshaw and lock Max Watson.

The pressure continued in the second half as Baxter gained a second followed by captain Arvind Sangha also getting on the scoresheet.

Whitgift scored through lock Alex Ezimora but Wellington when substitute Paul Dewey scoring his team’s sixth try in the final seconds. 

Second-half dominance pays off for Thomas Hardye

A dominant second-half display secured Thomas Hardye a first Twickenham appearance after beating Bridgewater High School 48-5 in the U15 Vase semi-final.

Fly-half Orlando Bailey, a member of the Bath academy, contributed three tries in an outstanding individual display.

Bridgewater actually made the better start and grabbed an early lead through flanker Jack Foulkes following forward pressure.Thomas Hardye replied quickly when Bailey raced through for the first of three tries. 

Thomas Hardye then produced an excellent second half performance starting through a well-worked try for wing Samson Marshall. A further try followed quickly through prop Vincent Read.

Bailey scored the next two by galloping clear from midfield and then scoring his third by taking full advantage of a gap in the defence. To finish off, centre Freddie Read scored twice in the final quarter in between one by flanker Zach Southall.

Challoner's hold off Welland Park

Dr Challoner’s edged out Welland Park Academy 10-8 in a fierce semi-final. Centre Ainle McGuinn contributed all the points for Dr Challoner’s through a first-half penalty followed by a converted try early in the second half.

Backed up by his twin brother Cian in midfield, Dr Challoner’s had good spells of pressure but did not take advantage of chances especially at the start of the second half.

However, Welland Park proved to be stout defenders refusing to fold despite fierce pressure after McGuinn had finished off a counter-attack.

Harry McCarthy put Welland Park back in the match but referee Jack Sutton blew for full time after Welland Park knocked on trying to launch one final attack.


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