- Local rivals meet in NatWest Schools U15 Vase semi-final
- Davies hopes Cup defeat will count for nothing
Lymm High School hope to avenge a defeat by Altrincham Grammar School earlier in the season that knocked them out of the NatWest Schools U15 Cup when the sides meet again in the semi-finals of the NatWest Schools U15 Vase at Allianz Park on Sunday, March 16 (KO 12pm).
Altrincham triumphed 29-7 in the cup ties but Lymm’s head of rugby Len Davies hopes that result will count for nothing as the sides compete for a place in NatWest Schools Finals Day at Twickenham Stadium on March 29.
“There is lots of excitement and anticipation as you’d expect at this stage, but we’re also making sure that pragmatic steps are taken to ensure they do well on the day,” Davies said.
“They knocked us out of the cup earlier in the season beating us 29-7, so you’d have to say that they’re favourites, but anything can happen in cup rugby.
“I think it can and can’t help when you know the other team well. We definitely know what areas we need to work on from the last time we played them.
“We just need to make sure the boys stay level-headed!”
Altrincham Grammar School head coach Stephen Jelly has noticed an increased intensity in training with players looking to cement places for the big game.
”There is definitely a visible increase in excitement and intensity in training with players competing for places,” he said.
“So things are looking good, and it helps that we know what we’re up against but they could say exactly the same.
“There will be a few parents heading down, along with a couple of coaches, so hopefully we’ll have plenty of support.
“The boys have all watched Premiership rugby, so to play at a Premiership ground will be fantastic. Not many pros can say they’ve done that let alone schoolboy players!”
The other semi-final on March 16 is an all-London affair between Graveney School and St George’s, Weybridge (2pm).
Watch the semi-finals streamed live at www.rfu.com/natwestschoolscup.
Semi-finals draw in full - Allianz Park
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
U18 Cup – Saturday, March 8
Durham School 15 Warwick School 20
RGS High Wycombe 3 Dulwich College 7
U18 Vase – Sunday, March 9
Wirral Grammar School 13 Exeter College 17
QEH Bristol 7 Trent College 41
If you missed the U18 semi-finals live stream, you can watch highlights of these matches on www.rfu.com/rfutv
Finals – Twickenham Stadium (Saturday, March 29)
U15 Vase: 11am
U15 Cup: 12.30pm
U18 Vase: 2pm
U18 Cup: 3.40pm
Entry is free
For more information, go to: www.rfu.com/natwestschoolscup, www.facebook.com/natwestrugby and twitter.com/SchoolsCup