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Warne holds nerve to send Truro to Twickenham

Ned Warne was the hero as his coolly taken penalty five minutes from time gave Truro School U15s a nail-biting 16-15 Daily Mail RBS Cup semi-final victory over Whitgift School, whose hopes of achieving the U18 and U15 Cup Double were dashed.

The Cornishmen started the strongest and centre Warne opened the scoring with a wind-assisted penalty.

Truro extended their lead to eight points when Tom Holdsworth was driven over, and Oliver Hallworths fine individual effort on the stroke of half time made the score 13-0.

A revitalised Whitgift stormed out of the blocks after the restart and were on the scoreboard within 79 seconds thanks to a try from powerful winger Jubril Adamson.

The Londoners completed the comeback courtesy of five-pointers from Geddy Stringer and Adamson, but Seb Adeniran-Olules infringement, for which the prop was sin binned, allowed Warne to strike and seal the win.

Truro are now only one game away from claiming the coveted trophy for the first time in their history, but standing in their way are three-time champions RGS, High Wycombe, who held off a thrilling late rally from The Perse School to triumph 15-14.

RGS Nathan Henry knocked over a penalty to break the deadlock, before flanker Alex Murphys try and Henrys conversion increased their advantage to 10 points.

Richard Gavin scored the Buckinghamshire sides second try with 13 minutes remaining and seemingly made the trip to headquarters a certainty, but referee Rob Warburton awarded Perse a penalty try after Ross Neal, who added the extras with ease, was impeded chasing a kick.

Five more points from jubilant Perse winger Ilya Altsculer, converted into seven by Neal, set up a grandstand finish, but RGS clung on to victory.

U15 Daily Mail RBS Vase

Low stars as clinical Saffron stun Leicester

Saffron Walden County High School captain Ed Low scored two tries as his side overcame Leicester Grammar School 13-7 in their U15 Daily Mail RBS Vase semi-final, despite having to defend for long periods.

Saffron Walden and Low broke the deadlock in the 9th minute after the inside centre finished a length-of-the-field counter-attack, and Ivan Karsten spurned the opportunity to extend their lead when he missed a penalty.

Karsten did hit the target four minutes after half time to put Saffron 8-0 in front, before Leicesters George Fossey also missed a three-pointer.

Leicester, as they had been for the majority of the match, applied tremendous pressure to their opponents try line but could not penetrate a resolute Saffron defence, and they were made to pay when Saffron went 13-0 up through Lows second of the day.

Hooker Harry Penfold and Fossey combined to pull seven points back for Leicester as they finally managed to pierce Saffrons defence, but the Essex side saw out the last few minutes comfortably to book their place in Twickenhams Grand Final.

Also making the trip to headquarters to compete for the Vase on 6th April is Harrogate Grammar School, who emerged 10-5 victors over a gutsy Penair School after a tense and scrappy affair.

Calvert Hassan opened the scoring for the Yorkshiremen after a well-worked scrum move, before the winger doubled his sides tally just after the quarter-hour mark with a superb individual effort from inside his own half.

Penair burst into life at the start of the second period, and within two minutes of the restart the Cornish teams inspirational captain Aric Asbridge bludgeoned his way over to halve the deficit.

Despite enjoying a large amount of possession in the second half and being backed by a vociferous band of supporters, Penair could not register another score and embarked on the long journey home empty-handed.

Daily Mail RBS Schools' Day, Wednesday April 6, Twickenham Stadium.

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