Allianz here we come!
Congratulations to our 1st XV progressing through to the semi-finals of the SchoolsCup national competition. Warwick v Whitgift at Allianz Park on Saturday 3rd March, k/o 5.00pm.
Hot on the heels of our 1st XV, who are set to play Whitgift in their semi-final of the SchoolsCup competition at Allianz Park, home of Saracens, our U15 squad are through to Round 5 and due to play Loughborough Endowed Schools on Thursday 18 January, k/o 2.15pm on home turf.
1st XV v Canford
Warwick School’s 1st XV booked a place in the National semi-final at Allianz Park, home of Saracens, by defeating Canford School (Dorset) 57-12. In the first half the ‘Blue and Whites’ were in rampant form in attack scoring four brilliant tries through enterprising attacking rugby with many offloads. U16 wing Harry Spencer scored one from a cross-field kick whilst other wing Henry Miles, prop Jozef Jones and fly-half Fred Lowe also added tries.
At half-time Warwick led 27-12, playing into the wind in the second half the team went from strength to strength scoring an additional four tries. The pick of the bunch coming from Henry Miles again on the wing after great play from second row Will Kelley, and Number 8, Captain Tom Fawcett. This was the best team performance of the season against a strong Canford side who were unbeaten on their fixture list.
The team now moves through to the final four to play Whitgift School at Allianz Park on Saturday 3rd March, k/o 5.00pm. All support welcome as the Warwick team aims to emulate last season’s 1st XV and get to the National Final at Twickenham.
U15A v Bromsgrove
The U15 match was certainly a game to watch for all neutral supporters! Despite a lively crowd Bromsgrove started ferociously and Warwick managed to hold on despite being trapped in their 22 for long periods. Some great line breaks by Jamie Treasure, Will Mobberley and Max Plumb but they couldn’t quite manage to break through the Bromsgrove defence. The only score in the first half was for Seb Coughlin from a well set up driving maul by Warwick.
Into the second half and Warwick’s ability to move the ball wide helped to find a gap and extend the score line. An unfortunate penalty try for Bromsgrove was the motivation Warwick needed to get back into the game. Out of nowhere, Tom Patrick took a drop goal that sliced between the posts to extend the lead to 15-7 to Warwick. A resilient Bromsgrove never gave up and with 2 minutes to go they managed to get the try they needed to give them a chance to win.
Warwick kicked off long but the speedy Bromsgrove winger evaded numerous tackles and managed to find himself 15m away from scoring. Warwick players showed enormous desire to see the game out and not let Bromsgrove past. In the last play of the game, Bromsgrove had a penalty about 25m away in front of the post, the successful kick would have resulted in them going through into the next round due to the away rule. Courageously the Bromsgrove kicker stepped up but it just travelled outside the post and that was the end of the game with a final score 15-12 to Warwick.
The next round of the U15 cup is on Thursday 18 January, k/0 is at 14:15 on home turf!