- Felsted suffer double heartache at Daily Mail Schools Final Day
- Late Will Guthrie try edges Yarm School to victory
Felsted School suffered double Twickenham heartache as Will Guthrie’s late try and conversion snatched victory for Yarm School in the Daily Mail RBS U18 Vase final.
Felsted were 10-0 ahead inside 17 minutes as Charlie Kingham and Josh Hunter-Jordan crossed for tries.
But scores from the talismanic Zach Kibirige and Conor Hartigan to add to Guthrie’s effort were enough to complete a superb Yarm revival.
It was all Felsted early on, however, and their early pressure brought a try for powerful No.8 Kingham, who battered his way over from five metres.
Will Malins failed to extend his side’s lead when he scuffed a penalty attempt, but three minutes later Felsted doubled their tally.
Once again, Kingham was at the heart of the score, the powerhouse showing fine hands on the left-hand side to release wing Hunter-Jordan in the corner.
Yarm needed a quick response and they found it through England U18 international centre Kibirige when he gathered Guthrie’s chip over the defence to touch down at full stretch.
Honours were very much even at the start of the second half in deteriorating conditions, but Yarm drew level on 46 minutes when scrum half Josh Jones dashed up the right touchline before feeding the ball inside to replacement Hartigan.
Felsted, who had watched their U15 counterparts beaten in the Vase final earlier in the day, were in determined mood and regained the ascendancy 10 minutes later when Malins hacked through a loose ball and won the footrace for five points.
But Yarm were not to be denied and, after opting for a scrum from a penalty inside the 22, shifted the ball right for Guthrie to snipe over and duly kick the winning extras.