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Ben Dickinson top scored with 13 points as Trent College U15s romped through to the fourth round of the national Natwest Schools’ Vase competition courtesy of a 38-17 victory over Nottingham High School last week (Thursday 12 November).
But the school’s U18s’ Natwest campaign has come to a premature end for 2015-16 following their 24-8 Cup defeat at the hands of Leicester Grammar School (LGS).
Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire (NLD) RFU U16s centre Dickinson kicked four conversions, including on his own try, as the influential Tom Crick, who missed the early part of the season through injury, grabbed a brace of tries.
The game was played at a high tempo and Trent College quickly raced into a 17-0 lead with tries from Crick, Harry Scott and a penalty try after a deliberately collapsed maul. After a spell of High School resilience, Benedict Williams calmed the Trent College nerves with a well-taken score under the posts before the break, while Crick and Dickinson added to the scorecard in the second period.
Adam Benstead, U15s coach and Trent College Director of Sport, said: “The U15s side produced a very solid performance, getting off to a strong start and giving the High School too much to do. Leo Scheja was impressive when coming infield off his wing and will be a real threat in future rounds.”
Trent College will now face Robert Smyth Academy from Market Harborough, Leicestershire, in the next round of the Vase later this month.
The U18s were left to rue a slow start as they bowed out of the Cup to LGS. The Leicester school had scored 12 points without reply in the opening 20 minutes of the contest and although Trent rallied in the second half, including an unconverted James Benstead try, it was too little too late for Trent College to spark a comeback.
Steve McGinnis, Head of Rugby at Trent College, said: “Although all were disappointed, it was clear that all had been left on the pitch in a brilliant second half performance of effort and determination. We are all very proud of the boys' efforts; as always they gave it their all, we simply left ourselves to much do in the second half.”
The NatWest Schools Cup is the premier tournament in schools rugby - all schools that enter play for a main Cup, while teams knocked out in the early rounds go into the Vase competition. 1,000 teams at U15 and U18 level enter the tournament.
A host of England and British Lions stars have played in the NatWest Schools Cup including England captain Chris Robshaw, scrum-half Danny Care and centre Manu Tuilagi. NatWest Schools Finals Day, featuring the U18 Cup, U18 Vase, U15 Cup and U15 Vase finals, will be played at Twickenham on Wednesday 16 March 2016. To find out more about the NatWest Schools Cup visit www.rfu.com/thegame/competitions/natwestschoolscup