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Altrincham overcome local rivals to reach U15 Vase final

16 March 2014

  • Scrum half Canham stars for Altrincham
  • Altrincham score three times to reach Twickenham final
Altrincham Grammar School for Boys v Lymm High School in the NatWest Schools U15 Vase semi-final

Photo: In At the Side

Altrincham Grammar School For Boys put in a controlled and assured performance to beat local rivals Lymm High School 20-5 in the NatWest Cup U15 Vase semi-final at Allianz Park today (March 16).

Altrincham were favourites for this one having knocked Lymm out of the Cup earlier in the season with a 29-7 win, and they certainly played with the authority you’d expect from the favourites in the first half.

Scrum half and captain Rory Canham made a couple of probing breaks that put Altrincham in a good position inside the Lymm half, and eventually centre Tim Palmer found his way to the line with an arching break.

Lymm had one visit to the Altrincham 22 all half, and that came in response to the Palmer try.

Twice they went close to scoring but on both occasions centre Josh Davies and full back Jake Davies were held up over the line.

Altrincham pushed their lead out beyond two scores with a well-struck Ryan Taylor penalty 15 minutes in, and the score remained 8-0 at the break.

Lymm centre and captain Josh Davies had looked threatening all game and it came as no surprise that he was the man to break the deadlock for his side using his impressive upper body strength to drive over early in the second half.

But Lymm just couldn’t keep Altrincham’s most influential player in Canham quiet; a dart and flash of pace saw the scrum half go in under the posts.

After the Canham try Altrincham took the game by the scruff of the neck and soon crossed again through monstrous wing Saif Rattoo.

Altrincham seemed to sit on that lead and see out the win, and managed to achieve that without too much fuss.

Altrincham Grammar School For Boys Head Coach Stephen Jelly commented: ”I’m chuffed. Obviously any good result I’m happy with. We switched off in moments there, but at the same time the intensity the boys showed at the tackle area and at the breakdown was absolutely superb.

“Playing at Twickenham is something the boys have had at the back of their minds for two or three years now, but I don’t think they thought it was possible until they got here today and realised that anything is possible if you work hard in training and play to your potential.”

Altrincham Grammar School For Boys

1. Gordon Yong 2. George Williams 3. Mustafa Estwani 4. Mattis Ellaby 5. Nico Nealon 6. Harrison Ward 7. Christos Nikou 8. Tom Quealy 9. Rory Canham 10. George Hughes 11. Dan Mahoney 12. Ryan Taylor 13. Tim Palmer 14. Saif Rattoo 15. Greg Warren

Replacements: 16. Sam Bytheway 17. Tom Shillito 18. Joe Haslett 19. Ross Dunleavy 20. Sam Nicholson 21. Ronan Chambers 22. Joe Hambleton

Lymm High School

1. Fraser Kirkwood 2. James Pitcher 3. Luke Butler 4. Josh Donley 5. Alex Clouser 6. Harry Stevens 7. Rory Riddell 8. Joe Dowdeswell 9. Callum Morris 10. George Anderson 11. Josh Hamer 12. Josh Davies 13. Nick Stevens 14. Joe Murray 15. Jake Davies

Replacements: 16. Adam Farini 17. Oliver Jones 18. Adam Whitehead 19. James Sherlock 20. Ashley Freeman 21. Sam Drury 22. Michael Woods