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Your News King's Mac carry Northern hopes in U15 Vase Final

'King's, Macc' or to give them their full title, The King's School in Macclesfield will make their debut at Twickenham in the Daily Mail RBS School's U15 Vase Final next Wednesday, April 1.

As the only northern team from eight playing on the day they will be carrying with them the hopes of school rugby not just in Cheshire but across the north west.

The school is over 500 years old and has a reputation to match, with rugby steadily improving and the success of this year's U15s being the best example of that. After getting to the last 16 of the Vase last year (losing to local rivals Sandbach), coaches John Percival and Mark Harbord have done a great job to keep improving their team.

King's Macc had to endure a nail-biting semi final to get to Twickenham, narrowly beating Coopers Company and Coborn from Essex at Broadstreet RFC in Coventry. That win came courtesy of a superb but late 15-man try with Kings' Kieran Wesley finishing well and skipper Andy Thomson keeping his nerve to add the crucial two points and give them a 7-5 win.

They had a tough job in the quarter finals too, beating Reading Blue Coat 10-0 but coach John Percival thinks those two games have added to the experience of his side. He said: "The boys knew they hadn't played well against Coopers Company and Coborn. They were very realistic afterwards, which shows their maturity. To their credit it was experience and hard-nosed defence which got them through and sometimes that's what rugby is about."

"We know The Leys will be a tough proposition at Twickenham. Watching them play before us in the semi final at Broadstreet, we could see they are well-drilled and strong and there is no doubt they will be hard to beat."

"I don't really believe in all that underdog stuff. You just play what's in front of you. We will give The Leys team maximum respect and we know very well that we will have to be on our mettle to beat them."

"It will be a great day at Twickenham for all of us. The school has been involved in sevens finals there but this is a different level. We are taking eight coaches down and there is, as you'd expect, quite a lot of interest. We are going to take it easy during the walk-round on Tuesday and concentrate on enjoying the day on Wednesday. It's the kind of thing that can pass you by very quickly if you're not careful".

"We have a couple of lads carrying knocks but nothing serious, so I'm hoping we'll do well on the day. This team has been improving all season, they've really learnt a lot. They've been like sponges soaking up every word and experience and have done really well because of that."

The Daily Mail RBS U15 Vase final: The King's School, Macclesfield v The Leys, kicks off at 11am.

Tickets are available by calling the RFU Ticket Office on 0870 1431111. Adult Tickets cost 7 each and Junior Tickets (up to age 16) cost 4.

Tickets will be available to purchase on the day.

Gates open at 10.30am.

Kick off details: U15 Vase Final 11am, U15 Cup Final 12.30pm, U18 Vase Final 2pm and U18 Cup Final 3.30pm.

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