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Your News The Leys ease to 3 try win in U15 Vase Final

The Leys School 25 The King's School in Macclesfield 3

Daily Mail RBS Schools Under 15 Vase final, Twickenham Stadium

The Leys from the heart of Cambridge completed their first season of Daily Mail RBS Schools Cup rugby with victory in the Under 15 Vase final at Twickenham Stadium.

The King's School in Macclesfield - or King's Macc for short - competed valiantly throughout but a bigger, well-drilled Leys pack got on top and the strong-running centre Will McGahey scored one of the winning side's three tries to nil.

McGahey, fly half Will Hooley and No.8 Oliver Houghton are all attached to the Northampton Saints academy, and their quality showed in a fine all-round performance which delighted The Leys' coaches Alex Welby and Liam Copley.

"Ollie had a quiet semi-final when he was lacking a little fitness," said Welby, who coached Wellington College to an U15 schools cup final in 1994. "He is a big lad and, like a heavyweight boxer, if you handle him right he will do what you need on the big occasion." Copley said: "We are delighted. The boys did everything we asked of them and more. We used our full armoury today."

Houghton's ability to stand up in the tackle was a feature of The Leys' second try after 26 minutes of the 30 minutes each-way final. The Leys already led 7-3 with Fraser Heathcote's try converted brilliantly from near the left touchline by Hooley in reply to a second-minute penalty goal from King's Macc centre and captain Andrew Hodgson.

Houghton picked up at a scrum in the King's 22, crabbed 15 metres to the left as he was held, and when the Leys' forwards drove in on him, possession was recycled to the right via Hooley for McGahey to score. A strong run by McGahey almost brought a third try just before half-time and The Leys kept up the good work when Hooley kicked a penalty two minutes into the second half for a 15-3 lead.

Supporters of the driving maul - the ELV allowing it to be pulled down does not apply in English schools rugby - were drooling as three times The Leys drove their opponents back; once across fully 50 metres of lush Twickenham turf. King's lock Tom Stevenson won a line-out at the front and Alex Billings attempted an attack off the blindside wing but he was held in midfield as one example of The Leys' excellent defence. Play swept up the other end and Leys scrum half Anthony Taylor found a gap on the right to run a try in from 25 metres out, behind the posts.

Hooley converted and popped over a sweetly struck dropped goal with a minute of normal time remaining to seal the result. Smiles all round for The Leys, and Hodgson, the King's skipper, was gracious in defeat. "I loved every minute of our cup run. We have a small set of lads and the Leys' forwards were a lot bigger but we will remember this day for the rest of our lives."

The Leys' captain Oliver Webber lifted the trophy in front of Twickenham's Royal Box and Welby said: "We were knocked out of the U15 Cup in the early rounds by Oundle and the Vase was just the right competition for us. We are absolutely thrilled."

The Leys School: S Herbert; P Carson, W McGahey, B Elliott, E Cannon; W Hooley, A Taylor; O Jones, T Bailey, F Heathcote, B Jeffcoat-Dick, A Wheatley, J Parker, O Webber (capt), O Houghton.

Replacements: C Cottrell-Mason, D Turner-Harriss, D Martinez-Gatell, J Travers, S Howarth, W Eilliott, W Jones.

Tries: Heathcote, McGahey, Taylor; cons: Hooley 2; pen: Hooley; drop: Hooley.

The King's School in Macclesfield: M Rogerson; A Billings, A Hodgson (capt), C Jones, K Wesley; A Thomson, T Foreman; Z Khan, J Watkin, M Edgar, O Stockwin, T Stevenson, C Leddy, K Sodha, J Kenny.

Replacements: K Fitzgerald, A Quinlan, D Gilmour, J Treece, H Wood, T Cunningham, J Hill.

Pen: Hodgson.

Referee: M Liddell.

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