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Laryea stars as Whitgift march on

Whitgift will be looking for Daily Mail RBS Cup glory on two fronts this year after Latte Laryea’s brace of tries in a thrilling 27-15 home victory over Woodhouse Grove School helped their U15s follow the 1st XV into the semi-finals.

The hosts stormed out of the blocks and raced into a commanding 27-0 lead in the first half, with scores from Jubril Adamson, Miles Bannister and Kola Fabisuwa, in addition to a Jack Lloyd conversion, adding to Laryea’s superb double.

Number eight Adam May pulled a try back for Bradford-based Woodhouse, who had never lost prior to this match, before the interval to reduce the arrears slightly, but a place in the final four still appeared to be a formality for Whitgift.

Woodhouse, however, showed tremendous character to force their way back into contention in the second period and five-pointers from Radigan twins, Michael and Daniel, jangled the home side’s nerves somewhat, but Londoners Whitgift held firm to prevent a collapse and keep the school’s dreams of a double alive.

Whitgift will now face Truro School in the semi-finals at Broadstreet RFC at the end of the month, whilst in the bottom half of the draw, The Perse School will do battle against RGS, High Wycombe.

Penair edge Rodborough in nail-biter

A second half try from Penair School captain Aric Asbridge proved decisive as the Cornishmen squeezed past Rodborough Technology College 10-7 in the U15 Daily Mail RBS Vase quarter-finals

Penair played with the wind and slope in the first period but could not break the deadlock despite dominating for long spells, as the game remained scoreless until half time.

The elements now in their favour, Rodborough came out strongly after the restart, but they struggled to cope with the Penair forwards’ carrying ability in the wider channels, which resulted in a 40th minute try for visiting pack leader Jay Tyack.

Rodborough defended well as Penair began to regain the ascendency, but the visitors eventually doubled their lead when Asbridge burrowed over from close range, just after Rodborough had spurned the chance to narrow the gap by missing a very kickable penalty.

The hosts responded well, however, and they ensured that Penair would have to endure a nerve-racking finish when winger Sean Burton showed a wonderful turn of pace to grab a try converted by George Tomes, but the away side clung on to book their place in the semi-finals at Broadstreet RFC on 27th February, where they will play Harrogate Grammar School.

In the other half of the draw, Essex outfit Saffron Walden County High School and Beths Grammar School of South East London will fight for the right to meet Leicester Grammar School.

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