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Yarm and Felsted through to U18 Vase final

04 March 2013

  • Felsted hold off St Ambrose for 31-27 win
  • Yarm edge out Plymouth College 8-5


Felsted School 31 St Ambrose College 27

Plymouth College 5 Yarm School 8

Yarm School from Stockton-on-Tees will take on Essex school Felsted for the Daily Mail RBS Schools U18 Vase at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday, March 23 after winning their respective semi finals at Broadstreet RFC on Sunday (March 3).

Felsted School withstood a remarkable late fight-back from St Ambrose College to progress to the final.

Felsted stormed into a 31-3 lead with 20 minutes remaining and looked set for an easy ride through to the Home of England Rugby.

But St Ambrose threw everything at their opponents in the final quarter and scored four tries, eventually falling agonisingly short.

Despite their slow start, St Ambrose opened the scoring on 12 minutes through a Sam Nicholls penalty.

Felsted’s response was swift, and three minutes later fly half Max Malins weaved his way through for a try that he converted himself.

Will Malins doubled Felsted’s tally shortly afterwards, slotting a fine conversion from wide after lock James Seager’s try at the back of a driving maul.

The Felstedians were in complete control of the match, and they went into the break with a 19-3 lead when wing Miles Singleton gathered Max Malins’ crossfield kick to go over in the corner.

Felsted showed no signs of relenting at the start of the second half as they camped in St Ambrose territory, and Seager burrowed over for their fifth try.

Centre Ben Latham glided through for a sixth five minutes later, and a cricket score looked in store with Will Malins’ conversion.

But Cheshire outfit St Ambrose had other ideas and came roaring back, prop Ciaran Parker running an intelligent switch line to barrel over for their first try, improved by Nicholls.

Seager then received a yellow card for collapsing a maul, and George Backhouse came off his wing to make St Ambrose’s extra numbers pay immediately.

Replacement Mark Carr spun over from close range to claw back  another score, with Nicholls dotting down at the back of a catch-and-drive and converting with the final kick of the match.

* An incredible defensive effort saw Yarm School through to the Daily Mail RBS Schools U18 Vase final courtesy of a nail-biting 8-5 win over Plymouth College.

Despite having relatively little possession in the first half, Yarm led 3-0 at the break courtesy of a Will Guthrie penalty.

Plymouth dominated for long stretches of the second period and went ahead through Oliver Clenaghan’s try.

But Yarm were clinical and Zach Kibirige’s five-pointer 10 minutes from time was enough to see the Stockton-on-Tees outfit home.

Plymouth had two chances to open the scoring before Guthrie’s 25-metre penalty, fly half Ed Neeves missing two shots at goal in the first quarter.

Plymouth sought to seize the initiative in an attritional match after the restart and went on the attack immediately.

The West Country side battered away on the Yarm try line, with Oliver Demaine and Clenaghan going particularly close, only to be repelled by a stubborn rearguard.

But it was a simple back row move from a five-metre scrum that finally unlocked the Yarm defence, as Jacob Kingscott and Tom Jordan combined to send centre Clenaghan in unopposed.

Plymouth continued to press but were denied again by their resolute opposition, who cleared their lines and forced the game’s turning point on the hour.

After securing significant field position for the first time, Yarm called a scrum following Demaine’s sin-binning for a dangerous tackle.

From there, they spun the ball wide to powerful centre Kibirige, who picked up off the floor to cross inside the touchline.

Plymouth, down to 14 men and short of time, threw everything at their opponents in the closing stages as they camped on the whitewash.

But Yarm, as they had done for much of the match, showed remarkable resolve and held firm to book their date with Felsted at the Home of England Rugby.

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

Daily Mail RBS Schools U18 Vase semi finals, Broadstreet RFC
March 3:
Felsted School 31 St Ambrose College 27
Plymouth College 5 Yarm School 8

Finals Day, Twickenham, Saturday, March 23. Live on
U15 Vase – 11am
U15 Cup – 12.30pm
U18 Vase – 2pm
U18 Cup – 3.40pm