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Your News All South West clash in the Daily Mail Schools Cup finale

The final of the Daily Mail RBS Under 18s Cup will be an all South West affair on Wednesday April 1st when St. Peter's, Gloucester and Truro College contest the coveted schools' crown at Twickenham, kick-off 330pm.

St. Peter's, Gloucester are no strangers to Twickenham, winning the title in 2005 when they edged a narrow 25-23 victory against Durham School, but for Truro College it's a very different matter. Before this season the Cornish school's best record in the Under 18s Cup was reaching the last 16.

"There's a real buzz going around the college at the moment," said Truro's Steve Larkins, who coaches the side alongside Ricky Pellow and Will Davis. "Everyone in the school is really excited and can't wait for next Wednesday.

"We are hoping to get a lot of support at the game. We have nearly sold out of all our ticket allocation, and there are several buses Twickenham bound."

St. Peter's booked their place in the final after winning the battle of the namesakes with a pulsating 27-25 victory over St. Peter's, York, while Truro College had to hold their nerve to clinch a 19-19 victory against John Fisher School, with the game going down to penalty kicks. Truro edged the win with five successful kicks to John Fisher's three.

"It was a really tough semi-final for us," added Larkins. "It was mentally tough on the players as none of them had ever experienced such an important game going down to penalty kicks before. For 17 and 18 year-olds to cope with that sort of pressure is a testament to them and I think gives us a lot of confidence going into this final.

"There's no doubt that this is going to be a close final. Ever since the quarterfinal stages of the cup, all the games have been going down to the wire and I can't see it being any different next week. I think the win will be there for the side that can cope with the pressure on the day.

"St. Peter's may have been there before, but that was a couple of years back now and none of this year's players were involved. The coaching staff also have the Twickenham experience under their belts but so do we in the form of club and county rugby. I wouldn't say St. Peter's have any real advantage, it's going to be down to whoever can perform on the day."

Also in action are The Leys and King's Macclesfield in the Daily Mail RBS Schools Under 15 Vase on Wednesday (11am), Judd school versus Millfield in the Daily Mail RBS Schools Under 15 Cup (12.30pm) and Hampton School against John Cleveland College in the Daily Mail RBS Schools Under 18 Vase (2pm).

St. Peter's Gloucester's route to Twickenham:

Rnd 1 Chosen Hill School 3 St. Peter's 58

Rnd 2 St. Peter's 33 Sir Thomas Rich's School 0

Rnd 3 St. Peter's 30 Crypt School 0

Rnd 4 St. Peter's 53 Wycliffe College 3

Rnd 5 Wellington College 5 St. Peter's 6

Rnd 6 St. Peter's 25 Bishop Wordworth's 12

QF St. Benedict's School 14 St. Peter's 18

SF St. Peter's, Gloucester 27 St. Peter's York 25

Truro College's route to Twickenham:

Rnd 1 Kingsbridge Community College Truro College WO

Rnd 2 Exmouth Community College Truro College WO

Rnd 3 Exeter College 12 Truro College 31

Rnd 4 Plymouth College 3 Truro College 9

Rnd 5 Truro College 25 Filton College 22

Rnd 6 Truro College 31 Royal Grammar School 13

QF Lymm Hill School 8 Truro College 15

SF Truro College 19 John Fisher School 19

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