- Lymm HS win Under 15 Vase title
- The school clinch third Daily Mail RBS title in five seasons
Lymm HS 24-10 Brighton College
Lymm HS won their third Daily Mail RBS Schools title in five years when they clinched the Under-15 Vase crown in a free-flowing final at Twickenham Stadium.
Lymm won the Under-15 Cup – the senior competition at this age group – in 2006 and followed up with the Under-18 Vase the following season.
They were good value for their win today in the first of four matches on Daily Mail RBS Schools Finals Day, with half-backs Douglas Heseltine and James Mitchell playing prominent parts.
Heseltine scored the opening try after just three minutes when he picked up and drove over from close range before Brighton had settled. The same player then showed great awareness to change the direction of attack which allowed his right wing Thomas Lyons to exploit an overlap.
Mitchell added a difficult conversion from the touchline but Brighton made a spirited response. Centre Lewis Moyle crossed for a stunning individual try using right wing Kiran Rajkumar as a decoy runner on his arcing run to the line.
Moyle got close enough to the posts to make the task of converting easier for Henry Anscombe, but Brighton immediately undid their good work by failing to clear their lines. Lymm capitalised with a counter-attack that led to centre James Kimber cutting through for an unconverted try.
A penalty from Anscombe reduced the deficit to seven points at the break but Brighton’s defensive organisation was again found wanting when Mitchell, an elusive runner, found plenty of space when he scythed through from the 22. This time centre Jake Eccleston added the extras which left Brighton two converted tries adrift, a task which proved beyond them.
Brighton, making their first appearance in a Twickenham final, were competitive throughout with Moyle, Rajkumar and skipper Rory McKeown on the openside flank the biggest threats to Lymm’s defence. Mitchell’s final contribution was to deny Brighton a consolation try with a solid tackle on his opposite number Josh Ash after a sniping run from Anscombe.
Lymm captain Jon Long said: “Before the game we were very nervous, we knew Brighton were a good side but we stuck to our game plan and we knew we could win it. They looked weak on the blindside and we kept going down that channel.
"It is fantastic walking out at Twickenham hearing the music and you name being read out on the public address. It’s the best feeling in the world."
Brighton coach John Weeks said: "We did everything we could. I thought our boys played some fantastic rugby and looked really threatening with ball in hand.
"But the Lymm defence was terrific. Everything we tried they dealt with."