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08
MAR

Daly the difference as Whitgift scrape through

Whitgift Schools England U20 international Elliot Daly scored 15 points as the current U18 Daily Mail RBS Cup holders held off a spirited late rally from Wilmslow High School to triumph 20-17 and book their place at Twickenham for the second year in a row.

Despite Whitgift enjoying early dominance, their opponents broke the deadlock when skipper Ethan Harding pounced on Tommy Nicholls loose pass and raced home from the halfway line, with Olly McCall adding the conversion.

Whitgift restored parity in the 26th minute when fullback Chris Crane crossed for a try converted by Daly, and penalties either side of half time from the latter gave his side a 13-7 lead.

The Londoners looked on course for a comfortable victory when Daly scored a seven-pointer with 20 minutes remaining, but Wilmslow fought back strongly and McCalls penalty reduced the arrears.

Prop Max Harvey then scored a try that McCall converted to set up a thrilling last 10 minutes, but the champions weathered the storm to remain on course for retaining their trophy.

Whitgift will now play Rutland outfit Oakham School, who will be hunting for their third title, in Aprils Grand Final after the 2002 and 2003 winners defeated Old Swinford Hospital 17-10 in the other semi-final.

Oakham went ahead against the run of play through winger James Harris, with England U18 star Charlie Walker adding the extras.

Oliver Simcoxs try and Max Stellings conversion brought Old Swinford back to level terms, and Stellings penalty just after half time put his side in front.

A stunning solo effort from Walker snatched the lead back, with his conversion and a later penalty securing victory for his team.

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Beeston the hero as St. Georges break Ravens Wood hearts

A stoppage time try from Lloyd Beestonsent St. Georges College, Weybridge into the U18 Daily Mail RBS Vase Grand Final at the expense of heartbroken Ravens Wood School, who lost 15-13 after leading for almost the entire match.

Dominic Grover opened the scoring for London side Ravens Wood with an 8th minute try after a strong carry from centre Charlie Smith.

St. Georges Chris Hanson knocked over a simple penalty to cut the deficit to two points, but Lewis Tear scored Ravens Woods second try of the afternoon six minutes after half time to extend their lead to seven points.

Ravens Wood looked set for their first ever appearance at headquarters when captain Ryan Squires slotted a drop goal from an awkward angle to give his side a 13-3 advantage.

St. Georges scrum half Eoghan Sweeney then burrowed over for a try converted by Will Grant to haul the Surrey school back into contention, before Beeston struck to send his team and their band of supporters into raptures after a frenetic last quarter of an hour.

St. Georges opponent in the Grand Final will be Solihull School, who cruised to a 20-0 victory over Woodhouse Grove School in an error-strewn affair.

Max Rodman, who kicked a last-gasp penalty for Solihull in their 24-23 quarter-final win over Harrogate Grammar School, broke the deadlock in the 15th minute with a penalty.

He doubled his sides tally 10 minutes later with a second penalty and he was also on hand to add the extras to Oliver Blundells try soon after the break, before a score from fullback Ben Crowe, converted by Rodman, five minutes from time sealed victory for the West Midlanders.

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