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Home > News > Dauntsey's School power into RBS Daily Mail Schools U15 Vase semis but disappointment for Abingdon, Sir Thomas Rich's and Sheldon
Your News Dauntsey's School power into RBS Daily Mail Schools U15 Vase semis but disappointment for Abingdon, Sir Thomas Rich's and Sheldon

Twin powered Dauntseys School are just one match away from a dream Twickenham appearance in this Aprils RBS Daily Mail Schools Cup Finals having beaten Chelmsford visitors New Hall School, 18-12, in their home U15 Vase quarter-final match last Wednesday.

The West Lavington, Wiltshire, based school will now play their semi-final at Broadstreet RFC on Sunday, March 18th against the winners of the St. Clement Danes/Chew Valley School clash that had to be postponed last week because of the cold weather.

Dauntseys, who boast three sets of twins in their line-up, led all the way in front of up to 400 of their fellow pupils and staff lining the touchlines and were 13-0 up early in the second-half before letting the visitors back in.

We made hard work of it, admitted coach Marcus Olsen. But, overall it was a game we were never going to lose. My heart was in my mouth, however, with four or five minutes to play, although a runaway try from them would have been a travesty.

Playing into the wind a Max Romer-Lee penalty, in the opening 10 minutes, settled any early nerves and by half-time the home side led 8-0 following some great work from the forwards, well rounded off by skipper and No.8 Will Britton.

He and his brother Alex are one of the three sets of twins within the Dauntseys ranks that includes lock Andrew Duckworth and his propping twin Rowan while behind the pack the side also boasts twins Sam Tomlin, at scrum-half and Ed Tomlin at full-back.

Dauntseys stretched their lead to 13-0 early in the second-half when some neat work off the blind-side of a ruck was well finished off by Tom Parker although, once again, it went unconverted.

But, despite their overall control, Dauntseys defence let them down for an instance and the visitors were able to grab their opening try.

It was left to outstanding flanker and Dauntseys man-of-the-match Toby Small to retaliate almost immediately when he smashed through the cover defence to score close to the posts although, once again, the conversion was missed.

While the visitors again narrowed the gap, scoring from another Dauntseys mistake with 10 minutes to go, the home side were able to hold on and book their passage into the U15 Vase semi-finals.

But there was little joy elsewhere across the South West amongst the schools that managed to play their quarter-final matches despite the cold weather.

Abingdon School, Gloucesters St. Thomas Richs School and Sheldon School, from Chippenham, all fell to visiting teams in their respective RBS Daily Mail U18 Schools Cup clashes.

AbingdonSchool being the unluckiest as, after a dramatic fight-back, they drew their U18 Cup tie 17-17 with London based visitors Dulwich College but went out on the away ruling.

Their visitors had previously knocked-out RBS Daily Mail U18 Schools Cup title holders Whitgift School and showed their class early on by rattling up a 14-0 lead.

Inspired by skipper Joe Hogan, Abingdon struck back with a Henry Sensecall penalty and, although trailing 17-3 by half-time to a further visitors penalty, the home side dug in and were the dominant side after the break.

Fine defence from their visitors kept Abingdon at bay before the breakthrough came when full back Peter Moore found a gap between two Dulwich defenders and sprinted over for Sensecall to convert.

And, the fly half was at it again soon afterwards magnificently converting a Hamish Grant try from the touchline to square the match at 17-17.

Dulwich, however, defended excellently over the final 10 minutes, skilfully slowing the ball down at every opportunity to thwart any further score from the home side, and march into the semi-finals by the skin of their teeth.

There was heartbreak too for Sir Thomas Richs School who, having led 17-8, were beaten by their illustrious East Anglian visitors St. Josephs College, Ipswich, 18-17, with a last-gasp try that signalled full-time in their RBS Daily Mail U18 Schools Cup quarter-final match.

Scrum half Oli Youngs penalty eased the home side ahead and, from a charged down clearance kick, prop Chris Brook crashed over to put Richs 8-0 up early on.

While the visitors had pegged it back with a try from a driven line-out by half-time and a levelling penalty within minutes of the restart, the home side dominated the next 20 minute or so with Young kicking three penalties to pull out a 17-8 lead.

With seven minutes to go however St. Joes cut the deficit with a try and, for the remaining time, hammered the home defence before, finally, grabbing the winning touchdown into injury time.

But, there were few complaints from Chippenham based SheldonSchool who crashed out of the RBS Daily Mail U18 Schools Vase competition at the hands of Kent visitors Ravens Wood School, 22-3.

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