Twickenham here we come!
A fantastic result for Warwick School at Allianz Park with the 1st XV securing a hard fought victory over Felsted School, earning a place in the U18s Final at Twickenham on Wednesday 29 March.
Captain Will Fawcett said, “It is every rugby playing schoolboys dream to play on the hallowed turf and the sense of joy shared with the committed supporters in ‘blue & white’ following the game was electric.”
Warwick started well with Will Tanner kicking a penalty from 45 metres (a kick that Farrell would be proud of) to gain 3 points – his personal tally was 15 by the conclusion of the game with a perfect record off the tee. The team kept up the momentum with strong carries by Kieran Curran, Ollie Richardson and Tom Fawcett presenting another penalty to take the score out to 6-0. However, the quality of Felsted was soon on display and from a number of Warwick mistakes the opposition launched some powerful attacks resulting in a try out wide to give them a 7-6 lead.
Warwick bounced back and a powerful carry from Ollie Thorneywork saw him break through three tacklers to wrestle his way over the line and take back the lead 13-7. The ‘ebb & flow’ of the first half continued with Felsted earning a penalty and then capitalising on an error at the scrum to take a 17-13 lead into the break.
At the half-time break the feeling within the team huddle was one of disappointment in not converting further opportunities but tempered with confidence in that the squad hadn’t reached anywhere near its potential.
Improved pitch management and playing the game deep inside Felsted’s half reaped rewards with a charge down try to Kieran Curran giving the lead back to the ‘blue & whites’ which was the start of a great second half performance. Another penalty and a lift in Warwick’s performance at the lineout ensured the bulk of the second half was played on attack. Following a set of attacking lineouts Ollie Thorneywork with assistance from Kieran Curran drove over and allowed Will Tanner to take the score to 30-17. The team now looked full of confidence and could have had a further two scores but strong defence from Felsted saw the game finish without a change in the score line.
The squad now turns its attention to Twickenham and their final against Bishop Wordsworth, on Wednesday 29 March, kick-off 3.40pm.
Come on the ‘blue & whites’!Published: March 7 2017