- Warwick win U18 Cup
- They beat Bishop Wordsworth's 27-5
Warwick School scored four tries en route to a 27-5 triumph over Bishop Wordsworth’s to seal the NatWest U18 Schools Cup.
Warwick's win left their Salisbury-based opponents having to make do with the runners-up tag again, following on from the 1991 team who lost the very first under-18 final, 4-3, to King Edward VI of Stratford.
For Warwick, it was a second under 18 title, following success in 2007, and it also atoned for their under 15 team losing out to Wellington earlier in the day.
Warwick certainly won the initial tussle on the pitch. Their sheer greater weight and tighter game-plan paid dividends in an opening which brought two tries and a lead of 12-0.
Bishop Wordsworth’s all-out attack left them stranded in their own half and they also lost a player to injury which meant a hasty rejig.
Warwick’s heavier scrum set up the first try for flanker Kevin Curran who strolled over after No 8 Tom Fawcett had picked up from a disintegrated opposing scrum.
For Warwick’s second try it was almost the ultimate team score as at one stage some 14 players joined a rolling maul which had fairly raced into the 22.
The group effort ended when referee Chris Ridley awarded a penalty try which Will Tanner converted for a 12-0 lead.
Warwick's wall defence
Bishop Wordsworth’s did have a brief rally before Warwick’s enveloping pack engineered a third try, hooker Kyriakos Grammatopolous scoring before Tanner converted.
Tanner followed up by adding a penalty from 40 metres to complete an almost perfect opening for Warwick which gave them a 22-0 lead and one hand firmly on the Cup.
The only negative for Warwick was a yellow card for No 8 Fawcett which had come just before the third try.
His loss, eventually, helped give Bishop Wordsworth’s some momentum which resulted in a try at the corner for wing Chris Nichols following the first concerted attack his team had mounted inspired by scrum-half Finley Lloyd-Gilmour and captain Cadan Murley.
At 22-5 down, Bishop Wordsworth’s needed a good start to the second half but they continued to meet a Warwick wall.
Though Tanner missed kickable penalty by his accurate standards, Warwick increased their lead when full-back Nick David skipped through some tired tacklers for his team’s fourth try 15 minutes from the end.
Warwick did go on to blot their report card by having a second player sin binned, wing Alex Green for a dangerous tackle, but the Cup by then was theirs.
Bishop Wordsworth’s: Paddy Bates; Callum MacTaggart, Cadan Murley (capt), Ollie Dykes, Chris Nichols; Joe Tully, Finley Lloyd-Gilmour; Harvey Platt, Archie McEwan, James McDonald, Tom Boxer, Toby Peebles, Xavier Hastings, Jared Cardew, Jamie Ellis.
Replacements: Luke Sainsbury, Kit Goodall, James Kennedy, Charlie Horrell, Matthew Hick, Harry Norris, Charlie Gentleman.
Warwick: Nick David; Will Tanner, James McSharry, Theo Spencer, Alex Green; Ben Harding, Sam Forster; Max Roberts, Kyriakos Grammatopoulos, Nick Rigby (capt), Will Fawcett, Ollie Richardson, Kieran Curran, Ollie Thorneywork, Tom Fawcett.
Replacements: Will Scrivens, Chris David, Fred Lowe, Harry Hayward, Jamie Wood, Toby Adlington, Paolo Peschisolido.
Tries: Curran, pen try, Grammatopoulos, David. Conversions: Tanner (2). Penalty goal: Tanner.
Man of the match: Warwick No 8 Tom Fawcett.