- Wilmslow complete Cheshire double in U15 competition
- Cup title secured after Lymm took Vase earlier
Wilmslow HS 10-7 Wellington College
Wilmslow High School made it a Cheshire double in the Daily Mail RBS Schools Under 15 competitions by winning the Cup in a tense and competitive final at Twickenham Stadium.
Wilmslow’s win followed victory for local rivals Lymm HS in the Vase competition in the opening match of Daily Mail RBS Schools Finals Day. Wilmslow knocked Lymm out of the Cup by beating them on the away team rule after the scored were level 3-3 at full-time.
Scrum-half Will Batterbury proved Wilmslow’s match-winner as he scored all their points including a solo first half try which enabled them to recover from conceding a soft opener to Wellington centre Thomas McClean.
McClean jinked through a static defence after just seven minutes but Wilmslow’s tackling improved thereafter and Wellington, appearing in their seventh Under-15 Cup final, struggled to unleash their dangerous backs.
McClean’s try was converted by fly-half Charlie Wicks, son of former Chelsea, Derby County and QPR footballer Steve, but that proved to be their last score.
Wilmslow got back on level terms four minutes before the break when Batterbury picked up at the back of a ruck, spotted a gap in the Wellington defence and darted through it on a 30 metres sprint to the line.
Batterbury converted his own try and then landed what proved to be the decisive score when he slotted a penalty seven minutes into the second half.
Wellington threatened to snatch victory in the closing stages when they unleashed dangerous right wing Tom Inglis for the only time in the match, but Wilmslow got defenders back to smother the danger.
Yemisi Belo, Wellington’s replacement right wing, also had a half-chance but he was bundled into touch by centre Harry Patch as Wilmslow made up for the disappointment of losing the 2007 Under-18 Vase final.
Wilmslow fly-half Callum Westaway collected the Cup having been a doubt for the final until the morning of the match because of a stomach bug.
"I woke up at 6am yesterday morning feeling pretty sick," Westaway said. "So I wasn’t allowed to come down on the coach. I didn’t go out bowling last night but I joined up with the squad two hours before kick-off.
"I came here to see the Vase final when we were beaten by three points and that was so disappointing. To have lost another final by that margin would have been devastating."
Wellington captain Alex Corner said: "The lads played their hearts out but it wasn’t to be. It was very attritional but they are a very strong team. We gave it everything we had got.”