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Your News Millfield outmuscle Barnard Castle to reach Twickenham Final

Millfield 15 Barnard Castle 3

A fantastic day of rugby at Broadstreet RFC in Coventry saw the finalists decided in the Daily Mail RBS Under 15 Schools Cup.

It will be Millfield from Somerset and Judd School from Kent who will meet in the final at Twickenham after both won tough semi-finals over spirited opponents.

In the second game, which kicked off at 1pm, Millfield's slightly better backs saw them beat Barnard Castle from County Durham 15-3 in a game dominated by two strong packs.

The first half was dominated by that strong forward play and led largely to Barnard Castle kicking the ball away too much. A tactic that was ultimately to prove the main contributing factor in their downfall.

With ten minutes of the half remaining Millfield's Tom Bellak created a ruck from a 40 metre break which allowed prop Jeremy Ward to score near the touchline. Barnard Castle responded quickly however and forced an easy 20 metre penalty which Bruce Clegg duly kicked to make the score 5-3 to Millfield at half-time.

In the second-half Barnard Castle had a lot of pressure but Millfield showed great composure and consistently managed to clear their lines. They were also always prepared to run when given the chance and it was no surprise when Harry James ran in the second try to give them a 10-3 lead.

The Durham boys kept looking for a way through and both Finlay Tait and Christian Pollack would have scored but for feet in touch. But it wasn't to be their day and the game ended with another try for Millfield. Pressure from the Somerset forwards led to a hurried clearance by Clegg, which was caught by replacement winger Matt Molloy who fed Tom Bellak. The inside centre scored from twenty yards out and booked another trip for Millfield to Twickenham.


Millfield 15

Tries: Ward, James, Ballack

Barnard Castle 3

Penalties: Clegg

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