All the news and results from the U15 and U18 Cup and Vase finals at Twickenham Stadium.
Whitgift deny Warwick treble
Whitgift made the perfect start with captain Oliver Norris charging down a Warwick kick before collecting it and scoring inside the first two minutes. Ben Fitzgerald converted to make it 7-0.
Their lead was tempered by a yellow card for hooker Joe Vajner for a dangerous tackle giving Warwick a man advantage, and they took full advantage after 12 minutes, when prop Alex Sabin crashed over the line which scrum half Henry Mortimer converted to make it level.
Fitzgerald nudged the Croydon side ahead with 10 minutes left before half time but Will Pugh responded immediately for Warwick with his side’s second try, converted once again by Mortimer to give them a 14-10 lead.
The lead didn’t last long however with Whitgift fly-half Ed Dunford showing his talent to make a sensational break before offloading to Charlie Beckett to score. The conversion was missed making it 15-14 at the break.
Dunford inspired another try for Whitgift 45 minutes in, freeing Fitzgerald who in turn found Ioan Parry with the ball finally finding Tom Berger to score. Fitzgerald slotted the kick to bring the score to 22-14.
Mortimer, who had missed an attempt at goal earlier in the half, made no mistake after 48 minutes with his penalty narrowing Whitgift’s lead to just five points.
Whitgift went down to 14 players for the second time in the game when Fitzgerald was sent to the sin bin with 15 minutes left and Warwick once again made them pay. Hooker Max Rawson crashed over the line and levelled the scores.
It was turning into a thriller and Whitgift held their nerve from the kick off, working their way to Warwick’s line before Aristot Benz-Solomon showed his impressive strength to score. Dunford converted the try to give his side a 7 point lead with 10 minutes left, and Fitzgerald confirmed the win slotting a late penalty to make it 32-22.
Double top Whitbread
It was double Vase success for Samuel Whitbread at Twickenham, having earlier won the U15 title, their U18 side followed suit beating Dauntsey’s School 43-25.
Dauntsey’s started the brighter, through inside centre Tom Lewis, who duly converted a close range penalty to give his side a 3-0 lead.
But Samuel Whitbread’s response was immediate, and after working their way into Dauntsey’s half, centre Tom Litchfield crashed over for the game’s opening try, and his successful conversion gave the Bedfordshire side a four point advantage.
The boot of Lewis narrowed the gap to one point after another successful penalty, and on the 23-minute mark Dauntsey’s took the lead after fly-half Rory Case breached the opposition defence from a set play to give Lewis the easiest of conversions. 13-7.
The lead changed hands again before half-time as Pierce Holland rumbled over from close range, before quick thinking at a ruck five metres out saw Jake Dodd grab Samuel Whitbread’s third. Both efforts were converted by Litchfield for a 21-13 score at the break.
Dauntsey’s started the second half much like the first, and it didn’t take long for them to chip away at the scoreboard; prop Sam Holloway crossing for his side’s second try. A yellow card for Whitbread scrum-half Charlie Stevens handed Dauntsey’s further momentum, and full-back Will Nichol gave the Wiltshire side a 25-21 lead.
Samuel Whitbread recomposed themselves however, and snatched victory courtesy of a penalty try, and late scores from Reece Sweeney, Reon Lewis and Morgan Dayes.
Wellington win fifth U15 title
Wellington College added a fifth U15 Schools Cup title to their trophy cabinet with a 23-5 win over Northampton School for Boys (NSB).
The school from Bekrshire made the perfect start with the ball spread wide to Finn Tawse who dived over in the corner to score the first try of the game.
The conversion was missed making it 5-0 and it remained that way for most of the first half with both teams evenly matched.
With a minute left on the clock before the break, Wellington were awarded a penalty for an NSB infringement at the ruck and back row Murdoch Lock slotted the kick to give the Berkshire side an 8-0 lead.
NSB continued to attack in the second half and got their reward after 42 minutes with Lucas Kitson running a great line through Wellington’s defence to score his side’s first try.
Wellington responded almost immediately through Tawse who once again beat his opposite man to score in the corner for his second try to make it 13-5.
And Wellington made sure of the win moments before full-time when prop Johannes Dreischmeier powered his way over the line to score his team’s third try of the game.
Man of the Match Loch rounded off a brilliant performance to get a try of his own on the stroke of full time to make it 23-5 at the final whistle.
Wonderful Whitbread win U15 Vase
Samuel Whitbread Academy beat Dartford Grammar School 22-7 to win the U15 Vase at Twickenham.
The Bedfordshire side got off to a perfect start after just three minutes, with outside centre Ben Radnor cutting back across the Dartford defence five metres out to surge over the line. The missed conversion made it 5-0.
Samuel Whitbread doubled their lead moments later, as some fine offloading saw them break into the Dartford 22, before a pinpoint pass found full back Jack Miller on the right flank to cross.
Their lead was extended further on the 17 minute mark courtesy of hooker Sam Garwood, who barrelled over from close range, and the successful extras gave them a 17-0 half-time cushion.
Samuel Whitbread bagged their fourth try at the start of the second half through inside centre Jake Allen, but undeterred by the scoreboard, a resilient Dartford side struck back minutes later via scrum-half Max Blythe. Fly-half George Dunne's conversion made it 22-7.
But it would prove too much for Dartford to stage a comeback, as the Samuel Whitbread defence stood firm to seal the deal.