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Your News Millfield keep Twickenham dream alive

Millfield School remain on track to book a second consecutive cup final place in the Daily Mail RBS Under 15s Cup.

The Somerset school, who lost 15-22 in the final to Wellington College last year, will however have to overcome an exhausting week of rugby if they are to keep their Twickenham dream alive.

Millfield wrapped up their Daily Mail quarter-final clash against Bedford School only on Monday (Feb 23rd) with a 24-5 victory. On Wednesday they play in a school league fixture, and then on Saturday they travel to Broadstreet RFC for the Daily Mail RBS Cup semi-finals. There, they will face Barnard Castle School, kick-off 1pm.

"Yes, it's a busy week of rugby for us," said Master in Charge of Rugby Trevor Greenhill. "We are rotating the squad around a lot, but it will be challenging for the boys.

"Having said that, these are young lads who can recover quickly and really, you don't need much more motivation than a chance to play a cup final at Twickenham. All the boys are really excited about the semi-finals, and hopefully going that one step further."

Greenhill's side booked their place in the final four with a tight clash against former cup winners Bedford.

"The score-line was a little flattering really," he added. "We got a try early on but we were drawn at 7-5 for a long time. We had a lot of pressure but we couldn't get any points on the board for a long time. Once we got two tries our fitness told, and the boys worked well under pressure to grind out the win."

Next up, they must over power Barnard Castle School. The County Durham side might not have featured in the semi-finals of the Under 15s cup before, but they have been regular cup protagonists in the Under 18s cup, reaching the final three times.

Nine of their boys have played representative, county rugby at A or B level already this season, and the side also includes winger, Finlay Tait, the younger brother of England player Matthew and the third rugby-playing brother to represent the school.

Greenhill added: "They have obviously got a really good reputation and are known for producing players who'll you'll see representing England somewhere down the line.

"They have clearly got some great individual players and we may not have any stand out stars, but we have a great team of boys who work really hard and who are clearly doing well. That will be our strength come the game on Saturday."

Barnard Castle School meanwhile squeaked through their quarter-final, winning 7-8 against Hampton School in Surrey with fly half Bruce Clegg, scoring the winning points with a superb 40 metre kick in the last minute of the game.

Coach Luke Monument said: "The Hampton game in the last round was tough but if anything this will be tougher. Millfield have a sterling, well-earned reputation and we know they will be very difficult to beat.

"We know they have a strong pack and quick, running backs so we are under no illusions. The team is in good spirits though and looking forward to the trip down on Friday to prepare for the game."

Northampton School for Boys take on Judd School from Kent in the other semi-final, which kicks off at 11am. Barnard Castle and Millfield kick off at 1pm, so the winning school will know who they will face in the final at Twickenham.

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