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Fraser’s boot guides Cup holders Dulwich back to Twickenham

04 March 2013

  • Battle of London rivals edged by team from SE21
  • Lundberg’s try not enough for Hampton

Dulwich College 11 Hampton School 5

Dom Fraser’s boot proved decisive once again for Dulwich College as the reigning Daily Mail RBS Schools U18 Cup champions dispatched Hampton School to advance to their second successive final.

The South London sides shared two tries in what was an often cagey semi final at Broadstreet RFC on Saturday (March 2).

But penalties in each half from Fraser, who kicked all of Dulwich’s points in their 15-8 victory over Old Swinford Hospital in last year’s final, were enough to see the holders home.

Fraser’s team dominated the opening quarter and were intent on putting early tries on the board, declining two kickable penalties.

Dulwich were met by a stubborn Hampton defence, however, and their possession yielded only Fraser’s first three-pointer on 15 minutes.

Dulwich grabbed their try eight minutes later when Josh Ibuanokpe’s storming carry and some fine offloads created the space for full back Ali Neden to scamper over on the left wing.

Hampton finished the first period strongly and Dulwich hooker Billy Mostyn’s yellow card for an off-the-ball tackle gave them encouragement heading into the break, although Tom McGwire sliced the resulting penalty wide.

Their cause was aided further three minutes after the restart when prop Jeremy Reason joined his team mate Mostyn in the sin bin for another late tackle, reducing Dulwich to 13 men.

And the Hampton pack made their superior numbers pay immediately as a well-executed catch-and-drive brought a try for captain Alex Lundberg to make the score 8-5.

Dulwich defended bravely to prevent any further damage and, after being restored to their full complement, Fraser kicked his second penalty.

Their opponents continued to battle, with wing Jobie Burke looking particularly bright, and crossed the whitewash through Alex Tavener with 10 minutes remaining.

But the centre was held up and that proved to be their last meaningful opportunity as Dulwich marched on, and they will meet Northampton School for Boys in the final on Saturday, March 23.

Daily Mail RBS Schools U18 Cup semi finals, Broadstreet RFC:

March 2, 2013:

Dulwich College 11 Hampton School 5

Warwick School 10 Northampton School for Boys 13