- Hartpury play Beechen Cliff in 2018 AASE League final
- Kick off at 15:00 GMT on Wednesday, 5 December at Allianz Park
- Watch live coverage from 14:45 GMT
It has been a statement season for Beechen Cliff who have produced a remarkable run of performances to deservedly earn their spot in this week's AASE League final.
The Bath-based school have scored over 50 tries en route to their first AASE League final since they entered the competition in 2015.
None of their opponents have kept them from scoring less than 20 points, with the boys in blue yellow confident to attack from anywhere on the pitch.
But it’s an approach that has taken time to implement, says coach Sean Turner.
“We’re now two years into a new way of playing, last year we spent the year bedding that in and this year we are more comfortable with it.
“It took a bit of time but we trusted in the ability of the boys to be able to adjust and we are at the point now where all the boys are in tune with how we want to play which is about playing exciting, offloading rugby.
“We are at the point now where all the boys are in tune with how we want to play which is about playing exciting, offloading rugby.
“We place a lot of emphasis on trying to hit gaps rather than defenders and playing from anywhere. We have scored a lot of tries this season and very few are from a yard out.”
Beechen Cliff therefore arrive at Allianz Park today with plenty of confidence and are keen to finish their standout season unbeaten.
For Turner, the focus is firmly on a Hartpury side who they know to be wary of.
THIS WEEK’S GAME— Beechen Cliff School Rugby (@BeechenRugby) December 1, 2018
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“Hartpury are very physical and incredibly competitive, they always seem to rise to the occasion so we will have to be ready for that.
“The thing that impresses me about our group is that they really trust each other. They enjoy playing together and that means confidence is really high. They train with intent and they can’t wait to play.
Their squad includes 13 players involved with Bath Academy and several have been capped by England U18s, as well as many home-grown players who have come all the way through the school.
“Everyone involved in the programme is incredibly proud,” says Turner. “We have always been a big rugby school, but since we joined the
AASE League it has really taken us to a whole new level.”