- Wellington - Tries: Scalabrini (2), Baxter, Rhodes Cons: Sinfield (2)
- Epsom: Tries: Jesty Cons: Jesty Pens: Jesty (3)
Wellington College defeated Epsom College 24-16 at Allianz Park to clinch their first-ever Champions Trophy title.
Just one point separated the sides at half time, as a Wellington try from Tobias Scalabrini was met with two penalties from the boot of Epsom's Jack Jesty.
Epsom showed moments of brilliance, as Jesty converted his own second-half try, but three scores via Fin Baxter, Marcus Rhodes, as well as a sublime second from Scalabrini sealed victory, and Wellington's first Champions Trophy.
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Wellington dominated early possession and were rewarded with the game's opening try courtesy of No 8 Scalabrini, who took a short ball five metres out from his scrum half to barrel over the line, with Will Sinfield's successful conversion making it 7-0 after five minutes.
Undeterred however, Epsom gained more control of proceedings and worked their way into the Wellington half. Defence held firm, but the Surrey side took advantage of two penalties - opting for posts - and fly-half Jesty slotted them both to trail by a point after 15 minutes.
Wellington's intent to attack from deep was clear throughout the remainder of the first half, and it nearly paid off, as a length-of-the-field attack comprising of 11 offloads and a kick set Cassius Cleaves up for a score, only for the ball to spill out of the winger's hands.
The Berkshire boys started the second half much like the first, and just minutes in prop Baxter was on hand at the base of a ruck to dive over for Wellington's second try. Sinfield's extras were successful, but answered immediately by Jesty, who struck his third penalty before finishing off a spectacular counter-attacking try - giving Epsom a 16-12 lead.
It was short lived though; as Wellington prop Rhodes grabbed his side's third close range try, and Scalabrini made it four - cementing the win.
1. Marcus Rhodes, 2. Ben Raho, 3. Fin Baxter (Co-Capt), 4. Cassius Forshaw, 5. Ted Johnson, 6. Lucas Brooke, 7. Fin Rossiter, 8. Tobias Scalabrini, 9. Jamie Miller, 10. Monty Bradbury, 11. Harry Cain, 12. Will Sinfield (Co-Capt), 13. Ross Hanekom, 14. Cassius Cleaves, 15. Max Thomas
Replacements: 16. Ben Murrin, 17. Mack Keast, 18. Olly Cash, 19. Fin Livingstone-Learmonth
1. Nilesh Raghavan, 2. Riley Milsom, 3. Lennan Day (Captain), 4. Luke Nesbit, 5. Freddie Noble, 6. Andrew Palmer, 7. Makeen Alikhan, 8. George Addington, 9. Tom Williams, 10. Jack Jesty, 11. Luke Laughton, 12. Bertie Bamber, 13. Theo Alexis, 14. Adam Koep, 15. Jonny Haynes
Replacements: 16. William Page, 17. Gordon Chung, 18. Max Hales/Charlie Hodgson, 19. Maximillian Smeby