- Ainslie inspires Warwick to victory
- Warwick turn around 6-0 half time deficit
Warwick 12 QEGS 6
Jordan Ainslie was a hero for Warwick School again as the flanker’s stunning late try sealed the Midlands school’s maiden Daily Mail RBS U15 Cup.
QEGS had built a 6-0 lead at the interval in freezing conditions through a Tom Allott penalty and drop goal.
Warwick edged ahead in the final quarter through William Stride’s converted try, with Ainslie making victory certain three minutes from time.
QEGS enjoyed early dominance as their larger pack stamped their authority on proceedings, with their pressure yielding three points for Allott from the tee in the fifth minute.
Stride missed the chance to restore parity for Warwick four minutes later as the fullback pushed a penalty wide of the posts.
Genuine chances were few and far between as both teams toiled in the testing conditions, with Allott’s left-footed drop goal two minutes before the interval the only further score of the period.
Warwick emerged with intent after the restart and were the stronger side for long periods.
But they had to wait until the 47th minute to break down a resolute QEGS, who were caught by surprise when Stride weaved his way through for a try from a tapped penalty having turned down the simplest of three points.
Stride added the conversion to hand his side the slenderest of advantages at 7-6, before Ainslie, who grabbed Warwick’s winner in their semi-final against Bromsgrove, splashed over after a sublime break and dummy on the right.