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U15s one step from Allianz

Warwick School’s U15 squad is still hot on the heels of their 1XV peers.

After beating Loughborough Endowed Schools last week, in a nail-biting game, the U15s now face Northampton School for Boys in the quarter-finals of the national Schools Cup completion.

The last 16 match for the Warwick U15s was against Loughborough Endowed Schools (LGS). Warwick started strongly with large periods of possession and some fantastic line breaks especially by Alfie Whitely, Kai Nwangwa and Jack Waterworth. This pressure resulted in an early try for Warwick and they looked confident, however, Loughborough managed to get a foothold in the game due to some errors creeping into the Warwick game play. As the game went on Loughborough were making their mark in the physical contact areas knocking Warwick defenders over. After some strong runs Loughborough finally broke through the middle and scored under the posts.

 

At half time, Warwick spoke about being better at the “basics” which translated into the Warwick team being much better at distributing the ball in the second half. Wide players Jamie Treasure and Marcus Acquari got more into the game and the attack looked dangerous. Conversely Loughborough looked to assert their physical dominance through well set up driving mauls and close runs around the ruck. With less than 5 minutes to go a Loughborough try levelled the score at 19-19, meaning Warwick would be out due to the away rule. Despite this enormous pressure Warwick worked themselves into a great position winning a penalty in the Loughborough half. After a superb kick into the corner by Elliot Tanner the Warwick team moved the ball well finding gaps in the Loughborough defence but still found themselves unable to get past a resolute defence. It took a very brave and clever wide pass by Tom Patrick, zipping past an outreaching Loughborough defender to put Harvey Brown over in the corner to win the game.

 

This season has been a huge learning curve for the U15 team. They deserve credit for the massive strides they have made in mentally dealing with such pressure and reacting positively to. Warwick will now play Northampton School for Boys in the national quarter-final (date and time yet to be confirmed).