Duke of York's Royal Military School

Finalists make History at Twickenham

Published on isbi School News dated Thursday 27th of June 2013

A fantastic effort from Felsted saw two teams do the double as finalists at Twickenham, the home of English rugby last weekend. Felsted became the first ever school to take both U15 and U18 sides into the Daily Mail Vase Finals. A bitter wind and constant snow flurries created highly unfavourable playing conditions for all teams, with both Felsted squads fighting hard but unfortunately neither were able to raise a trophy on the day.

Hopes of taking the double were pushed aside as Royal Latin claimed victory over the Felsted U15s with a 19-13 win, following a hard fought close encounter on the pitch at Twickenham. Despite some fantastic skill and excellent teamwork, the Felsted side were just pipped to the post by the Buckinghamshire side, who edged ahead with a last minute try.

The Felsted U18 side stepped out onto the hallowed turf with nothing to lose, and dominated early play taking a 10-0 lead. The strength and skill of Yarm was equal to that of Felsted, and a neck and neck battle for the top spot ensued. A disallowed try for Felsted and a last minute surge from Yarm left the score on 17-15 as the final whistle blew, with Yarm claiming victory and the trophy.

Disappointment from both teams will not overshadow the exceptional achievement of both Felsted rugby teams. There is no disgrace in getting to the final stage of a National competition and it is even more of an achievement to be the first school ever to have taken two teams into the culmination of the Vase.

Andrew Le Chevalier, Director of Rugby commented; 'It still feels like a victory to me, coming from a 530 pupil co-ed, one term rugby school with 25 of our 44 players having come through from our Preparatory School. The boys played with such heart and are a true band of brothers. We got to Twickenham, made memories and galvanised a community of friends and families along the way. I'd like to thank masters Charlie Knightley, Richard Feldman and Francis Barrett for all their time and commitment on top of their demanding teaching schedules. Thanks also go to all the individual players, it's not just a 15 man game and every player is as important as the next. I'd like to celebrate how far we have come, and here's to next season!'
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