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Millfield School 34 Judd School 11

It was third time lucky for Somerset's Millfield School as they finally claimed the Daily Mail RBS Schools Under-15 Cup title in a richly-entertaining final at Twickenham today.

Millfield were runners-up in 2004 and again last year but they made no mistake with a high-tempo game that ended Judd's spirited challenge in the second half.

Though the final score was emphatic enough, Millfield had plenty of defending to do in the early stages when Tonbridge-based Judd had plenty of pressure, with their athletic captain Will Grist prominent, but they could not convert it into tries.

Millfield had conceded just 20 points, and only one try, in their previous eight games in the competition and their resolute defence again enabled them to survive Judd's early battering.

Millfield's outstanding fitness then swept them to victory with centre Thomas Bellak scoring two of their six tries, including a spectacular long range effort early in the second half.

"They played well today and I'm very proud of them," said Millfield coach Tony Shaw.

"If you can defend when the pressure is on it wins you cup games. We work hard on defence and energy in defence and making sure we have good organisation and commitment.

"It got us through some difficult games earlier in the competition and it got us through again today. If you can defend like that you are going to win tight cup games.

Judd's coach Dave Joseph admitted that he was disappointed with the result but proud of the efforts of his players in their first final.

"I could not be more proud of my boys, they did absolutely everything," he said. "Millfield were very very good, all credit to them.

"There were a couple of key moments in the first half when we had our opportunities but didn't convert them.

"Having said that you can't fault anything today, the commitment was excellent. They are gutted but they will bounce back.

"I said to them after the game that it hurts at the moment but when they are able to step back and look at it they will say what a fantastic day.

"The Judd support was just brilliant. You can't buy that experience and in years to come they will look back on the day with great pride."

Judd actually the lead with a penalty from centre Ryan Redman but Bellak found a way through their defence after he had threatened with two earlier runs.

Charlie Hartley added the conversion for Millfield who went further in front when flanker Angus Millar clattered through for an unconverted try.

Judd were only six points adrift at the break as Redman slotted a second penalty but the game turned when Bellak used wing Elliott Redmond, the son of former Great Britain sprinter Derek Redmond a ex-Olympic swimmer Sharron Davies, as a decoy and went half the length of the pitch for a spectacular score.

Replacement flanker jack Caldwell and replacement wing Edward Hoadley added further tries, the first improved by Hartley, but Judd showed tremendous spirit by responding with a superb individual try from Redman.

Bedford, in the quarter-finals, were the only other side to score a try against Millfield in the competition.

But Millfield had the last word with fly-half Lewis Molloy crossing from close range for the final try with the final play of the match.

Millfield School: 15 Charlie Hartley; 14 Elliott Redmond, 13 Thomas Bellak, 12 Harry Jones, 11 Oscar Appleby; 10 Lewis Molloy, 9 Huw Jones; 1 Jeremy Ward, 2 Kelston Stark, 3 Digby Edgeley, 4 James Bloxham (captain), 5Max Northcote-Green, 6 Angus Millar, 7 Oliver Palmer, 8 Leo Bailey. Replacements used: Henry Sharp, Jack Caldwell, Alexander Knights, Joseph Teasdale, Edward Hoadley, Alex Wendon, Matt Molloy.

Judd School: Rob Eades; Craig Morten, Matt Barnes, Ryan Redman, Sam Fitzsimons; Josh Livett, Josh Brockman; Sam Hair, Luca Vincenzini, Richard Edwards, Alex Short, Mark Grimshaw, Henry Croft, Will Grist (captain), John Austin. Replacements used: James Osborne, George Willis, Charlie Stamp, Harry Collins, Freddie Greehy, Tadgh Healy, Max Meikle.

Referee: Mr Dave Edmunds (RFU)

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