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Your News Yarm hope Twickenham will sooth nerves

YARM School are hoping that the final of the Daily Mail RBS Under 18 Vase final at Twickenham on Saturday (March 23, 2013), when they take on Felsted School, will provide a relaxed environment in which their natural skills will blossom.

As big asks go, that may seem to be up there with the best given the immensity of Twickenham and the pressure of a final appearance, but coach Stuart Hardy is hoping that the serious pressure which almost did for his side in the Semis at Broad Street when they edged home 8-5 against Plymouth College has now passed.

We go into the game on the back of a very good contact session yesterday which produced no problems and we have a full squad to choose from, says Hardy. The main thing to appreciate now is that we have finally made it to Twickenham having fallen at the Semi-final hurdle against Epsom College in 2001.

Regardless of the result, we can have a good day and still know that weve played at Twickenham. When you lose in the Semis you go home with thoughts of what might have been, but now were beyond that and hopefully the occasion will lift us.

Were all very excited and ready to go. We havent done anything special by way of preparation, although were aware that whether through a combination of good Plymouth College defending or an attack of nerves, we didnt execute our attacking game as well as we would have liked to.

Weve been focusing on trying to sharpen up that part of our play and make sure we execute as we have at other times this season.

Were putting that change down to Semi-final nerves which built as the game unfolded. We warmed up very well and started well enough with enough of the ball, but as the game wore on we seemed to get more nervous. That fact that we had enjoyed plenty of possession, but not scored put pressure on ourselves.

One positive from Broadstreet, apart from eking out a win, was the chance to see Felsted in action and to see how they responded when St Ambrose finally got into their stride and scored four late tries to turn a near rout into a nail-biter.

St Ambrose hadnt really play as Felsted built a 31-3 lead, but whether it was Felsted taking their foot off the gas or losing concentration or running out of steam we couldnt tell, but they couldnt cope.

Hopefully we can put them under pressure from the start and well see how it goes.

One departure from the norm for Yarm has been a game against Mowden Park Under 18s when not only brought a victory, but also the experience of playing in a genuine sporting stadium, the 25,000 capacity former Northern Echo Arena, which is now home to Mowden Park.

It was good for the boys to have some experience of a stadium and while Twickenham is a different proposition, it was a useful run-out. says Hardy.

And waiting to perform on the biggest stage of all is Zach Kibirige, a young player of exceptional talent whose try-scoring feats have helped Yarm down the path to Twickenham and over that final, tricky hurdle at Broad Street.

It will be his first ever visit to Twickenham and 600 or so Yarm supporters will be hoping the stage suits him.

Daily Mail RBS Schools Finals Day, Twickenham Stadium, Saturday March 23. Broadcast live on U15 Vase, Felsted School v Royal Latin School 11am

U15 Cup, Warwick School v QEGS Wakefield 12.30pm

U18 Vase, Felsted School v Yarm School 2pm

U18 Cup, Dulwich College v Northampton School for Boys 3.40pm.

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