- Dulwich College through to third successive U18 NatWest Cup semi final
- Lymm fight bravely, but Dulwich close it out
Photo: Dulwich College
Dulwich College have reached the U18 NatWest Cup semi final for the third season in a row after beating Lymm High School 19-10 at Burnage RFC’s 3G pitch on Wednesday.
A potentially tricky tie got off to the perfect start for champions Dulwich when England Under 18 prop Josh Ibuanopke scored two first half tries, Ali Neden converting one.
A wonderful solo effort from Lymm's England scrum-half Alex Mitchell, supplemented by a penalty, brought Lymm back into the game at 12-10.
But Dulwich closed out the win with an Omar Nasir try, and will be looking to become only the second school to reach three finals in a row after Colston's School, Bristol.
Dulwich College Head of Rugby Sam Howard commented: "It was difficult to play. There was a gale force wind and then the rain came.
"Aside from that, I think the game pretty much went to script. Our forwards carried well and controlled things.
“Their half backs were fantastic, and their scrum-half scored a brilliant solo effort. They came out in the second half and threw everything at us, chucking the ball around. But we held our nerve and played some good cup rugby to close it out.
"I think it's been said from round two or three that this really is as open a NatWest Schools Cup as you could find. In previous years you could usually pick which sides are likely to win it, but you now have four big rugby schools who could win it on their day.
"Hopefully with the semi finals being played at Allianz Park we might get a few more people down to support the blue and black army."
Meanwhile, a downcast Head of Rugby at Lymm, Mr Davies, added: "We're very disappointed. We would have loved to have played it at home, but obviously games must be played to deadline.
"When we got it back to 12-10, that's when home advantage might have helped us a little bit, with the crowd getting behind us and putting pressure on Dulwich.
"But the better side won, and we just couldn't cope with their catch and drive game.”