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Trent College run out winners in NatWest Schools U18 Vase semi-final

09 March 2014

  • Seven-try Trent College too strong for QEH
  • First-half blitz sends Trent to Twickenham

Trent College 41 QEH Bristol 7

Trent v QEH in the NatWest Schools U18 Vase

Photo: Capture the Event

Trent College ran in seven tries to finish comfortable 41-7 winners against QEH Bristol in the NatWest Schools U18 Vase semi-final at Allianz Park today (March 9).

As has been the case with all of the U18 semi-finals, one side started with a lot more purpose than the other and it was Trent College who began the brighter when an arching break by prop James Fish saw lock James Benstead score under the posts within two minutes of kick-off.

Trent could easily have doubled their lead minutes later but wing Lewis Seagrave was held up over the line by a brilliant try-saving tackle from Ed Boxall.

The momentum was clearly with Trent, however, and a powerful driving maul saw prop Oliver George go over to give them a 14-0 lead.

Trent were rampant, and QEH just couldn’t slow their attack down. It was only a matter of time before Trent crossed again, and wing Zach Gundry finished brilliantly to push them 19-0 ahead.

The sunny conditions reflected Trent’s bright play. Their subtle offloading and powerful running was proving irresistible for QEH, and they were soon over again through flanker Will Allman, and shortly after that Gundry grabbed a second.

QEH desperately needed a slice of luck, and that slice was about as large as they could have hoped for when a crossfield kick bounced in their favour to allow centre Boxall to score under the posts.

The second half was a bit of a tame affair, but it suddenly burst back into life with a wonderful team try from Trent College that saw the ball pass through several pairs of hands until Benstead was able to score his second try of the day.

But Trent weren’t finished there, and centre Ashley Britton put his name on the score sheet to round the scoring off for the day.

An ecstatic Trent College captain Ben Trembling commented:”We’ve worked hard all season and we’ve really come good today.

“It was probably our best performance of the season. They were a good side, and to finish with a scoreline like that shows we were tremendous today.

“It’s a phenomenal feeling to be playing at Twickenham, probably one of the best feelings of my life!”

A dejected QEH Bristol captain Callum Roberts added:”We just didn’t execute our game plan or our skills on the day, we missed first up tackles, and they were just too powerful in the end. They played the surface in the right way.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the boys, we’ve come a long way as a side. When we first came together we were a load of rubbish, but with hard work from both us as players and the coaches has got us this far.”

There is more semi-finals action next week in the U15 Cup and Vase competitions, at Allianz Park – streamed live on www.rfu.com/natwestschoolscup

U15 Cup – Saturday, March 15
Whitgift School v QEGS Wakefield - 12pm
Warwick School v Wellington College - 2pm

U15 Vase – Sunday, March 16
Altrincham Grammar School v Lymm High School - 12pm
Graveney School v St George’s College, Weybridge - 2pm

Finals - Twickenham Stadium - Saturday, March 29
U15 Vase: 11am
U15 Cup: 12.30pm
U18 Vase: 2pm
U18 Cup: 3.40pm

Entry is free  

You can also follow the competition here: www.facebook.com/natwestrugby and twitter.com/SchoolsCup.

QEH Bristol

1 Jim Davis
2 Ed Naish
3 Will Bourns
4 Chris Holland
5 Oliver Dann
6 Finn Livingstone
7 Will Mortimore
8 Harry Coppock

15 Callum Roberts
14 Sam Rees
13 Ed Boxall
12 Harry Hawkes
11 Jack Last
10 Esher Pegrum
9 Will Bamber 

Replacements:
16 Ben Robinson
17 Patrick Tempany
18 Gianluca Lombardi
19 Jamie Wiles
20 Max Turner
21 Matt Stoddart
22 Sam Berry

Trent College

1 Oliver George
2 Alex Taylor
3 James Fish
4 James Stead
5 Angus Low
6 Will Garland
7 Will Allman
8 Ben Trembling

15 Gabriel Calland
14 Zach Gundry
13 Ashley Britton
12 Greg Fieldhouse
11 Lewis Seagrave
10 George Boden
9 Max Johnson

Replacements:
16 Will Farmer
17 Alistair McHugh
18 Harry Wilkinson
19 George Livesey
20 Dan Van Helden
21 Matt Brown
22 Oliver Davidson