- Trent College beat 43-7 Royal Latin to win NatWest Schools Cup U18 Vase
- Brothers Ben and Jack Dickinson score 21 points
Trent College put in a dominant performance to beat Royal Latin 43-7 in the NatWest Schools Cup U18 Vase final at Twickenham with brothers Ben, George and Jack Dickinson leading the charge.
Trent College made the better start of the two sides, putting pressure on Royal Latin from kick off.
After three minutes captain Jack Dickinson picked the ball up from the back of the ruck and smashed over the line. His brother, outside centre Ben, slotted the kick from out wide to put Trent ahead 7-0.
Royal Latin School, who have never reached this stage of the competition at U18 level, worked their way back into the game with fly-half Max Nagy pulling the strings.
The Buckingham school saw a chance to equalise go missing when they had numbers wide after 10 minutes but the ball was dropped forward metres away from Trent’s line.
Nagy was the creator once again minutes later when a cross-field kick nearly found winger Josh Rooney only for Trent’s Harvey Doleman to touch the ball down in the try area to end the threat.
Fly-half George Finney then had a difficult chance to put his side 10-0 ahead when he opted to go for goal from the halfway line, but the ball fell short from the penalty.
It didn't take long for Trent College to work their way back up the pitch and Jack Dickinson once again crashed over the line but was held up.
They were more successful from the resulting scrum when Finney spread the ball wide to Emmett McDonnell to score in the corner. The conversion was missed, giving College a 12-0 lead after 18 minutes.
Trent were beginning to dominate both territory and possession and earned themselves another penalty at the breakdown which Finney slotted to make it 15-0.
Royal Latin struggled to deal with Trent’s physicality with several powerful runs from Finney regularly putting his side over the gain line.
Just before half-time Jack Dickinson once again crashed over the line from a few yards out with his brother converting to make it 22-0 at the break.
Trent hold off fightback
Royal Latin started the second-half in much better fashion, switching the direction of their attack and finding space out wide.
And it came to fly-half Max Nagy to bring Royal Latin to bring his side’s chance of a comeback to life.
Receiving the ball from the scrum, Nagy fed Jonny Byatt who put Tom Bacon to sprint over under the posts after 48 minutes. Nagy made the conversion to bring the score back to 22-7.
But any hope of getting themselves back into the game was ended minutes later when Nagy’s attempt to clear the ball was charged down by Charlie Livesey who scored under the posts.
Dickinson once again converted to bring the score to 29-7. It was a major blow for Royal Latin who were powerless 6 minutes later when Finney’s cross-field kick was caught by McDonnell to score his second.
Dickinson’s reliable boot didn’t let up and the conversion gave Trent a 36-7 lead.
Trent College finished with a flourish, scoring one of the best tries on finals day with the Dickinson brothers combining to put Joshua Stanley through. Finney converted to make it 43-7 at full-time.
Brandon Joss, Emmett McDonnell, Charlie Livesey, Ben Dickinson, Harvey Doleman, George Finney, Ben Goddard, Fred Hendry Briars, Isaac Smith, Breandan McCallum, Rob Boddington, Arjun Nath, George Dickinson, Ethan Benstead, Jack Dickson (captain)
Replacements: Sam Beresfrod, Chris Rudkin, Peter Hartman, Chris Crock, Joshua Stanly, Jamie Spencer Pickup, Matthew Kimmitt,
Tries: Jack Dickinson (2), Livesy, McDonnell (2), Stanly
Royal Latin School
Tom Bacon, Joe Phillips, Jonny Byatt, Mike Taylor, Josh Rooney, Max Nagy, Will Ellis, Max Foster, Tom Miller, Tom Davies, Ed Broome, George Metcalfe, Dan McGivern, Jack Salisbury, Harry Lewis,
Replacements: Nick Ustaran-Anderegg, Kieran Linger, Aks Bhattiprolu, Josh Abbas, Tom Erasmus, Josh Welham, Cameron Wright
Man of the Match: Charlie Livesy