- Altrincham oust Graveney 12-10 at Twickenham
- Chesire outfit are Under 15 Vase champions
Photo: Capture the Event
Altrincham Grammar School for Boys survived a late second half onslaught to beat Graveney School 12-10 in the NatWest Schools Cup Under 15 Vase final at Twickenham today.
Altrincham had the first opportunity of the game within minutes of the kick off when wing Saif Rattoo charged for the line, but he was bundled into touch by Graveney wing Alex Graham-Buck.
After their early nerves had settled, Graveney began to make inroads in the Altrincham defence through powerful centre Jaymyn Pattel-Haddad, and ten minutes in they were crossing the whitewash through flanker Cam Hyne to make it 5-0.
In perfect conditions, both teams looked to move the ball, but it was Graveney who looked most threatening with fly half Matt Harrison spearheading their attack.
Altrincham could only produce half breaks until five minutes before the whistle, when wing Dan Mahoney was released by Rory Canham. A conversion took them into the lead 7-5.
The try seemed to swing the momentum in Altrincham’s favour, and on the stroke of half time they stuck a hammer blow to the Graveney cause when Rattoo crashed over in the corner to put the Cheshire school 12-5 up at the break.
The second half was a much tenser, claustrophobic affair, with the only break of note coming from Altrincham’s number eight Tom Quealy.
Graveney continued to batter away at the Altrincham line and were eventually rewarded with a try for flyer Alex Graham-Buck.
The conversion was missed by Harrison, and Graveney were still trailing 12-10. They continued to move the ball with panache, but too often, promising attacks came to an abrupt halt with small handling errors.
Altrincham captain Ryan Taylor said: “It’s fantastic, the boys just put in a great performance, I can’t thank them enough. The determination we showed to defend the line in such difficult circumstances was just incredible.
“The experience of playing at Twickenham was just amazing, the noise in the crowd was overwhelming.”
Graveney captain Arichie Dunnill added: “We scored early but they came back at us really hard so we had to dig in, but unfortunately we just couldn’t get that final score at the end.
“Playing at Twickenham was a huge honour, and to have the opportunity to do that as an Under 15 was just incredible.”
15. Perry Blankson
14. Ramone Stroude-Garcia
13. Jaymyn Patel-Haddad
12. Charlie Vincq-Wilkinson
11. Alex Graham-Buck
10. Matt Harrison
9. Archie Dunnill (captain)
1. Pernell Blankson
2. Anthony Pham
3. Kareem Swandells
4. Taylor Bell
5. Will Tomlinson
6. Tyrell John
7. Cam Hyne
8. Josh Clark-Bell
Replacements: 16 Darius Glenn-Sempare, 17. Owain Powell, 18. Zac Walpole, 19. Arun Jackson, 20. Bolia Bamolende, 21. Victor Nzolele, 22. Bernell Scott
Altrincham Grammar School For Boys
15. Greg Warren
14. Saif Rattoo
13. Tim Palmer
12. Ryan Taylor
11. Dan Mahoney
10. George Hughes
9. Rory Canham
2. George Williams
3. Mustafa Estwani
4. Mattis Ellaby
5. Nico Nealon
6. Harrison Ward
7. Christos Nikou
8. Tom Quealy
Replacements: 16. Sam Bytheway, 17. Tom Shillito, 18. Joe Haslett, 19. Ross Dunleavy, 20. Tom Burke, 21. Ronan Chambers, 22. Samyak Bansahli