October 22nd, 2016

Hat-trick of wins for Warwick School on the national stage

Hat-trick of wins for Warwick School on the national stage Hat-trick of wins for Warwick School on the national stage
Updated: 6:57 pm, Dec 16, 2015

WARWICK School is celebrating after three of its age groups progressed through to the next stage of their respective national competitions.

The Under-15s came from behind to beat Newcastle-under-Lyme and claim their place in the final eight of the NatWest Schools Cup.

Warwick found themselves 5-0 down at half-time and despite pulling level they soon fell behind again.

But Warwick kept their heads and their superior fitness prevailed when after levelling the game at 10-10 Archie Rippon scored a memorable try by beating two defenders to score under the posts.

Warwick continued to pile on the pressure against a tiring opposition eventually running out 27-10 winners and they will now face Northampton School for Boys in the last 16 in January.

The Under-18s also progressed through to the last 16 after dispatching The King’s School in Worcester 40-3 in what was their best performance of the season.

Warwick scored from the first kick off with a fine try in the corner by wing Alex Lillie, which was duly converted by Josh Grimes. This set the tone for some excellent running rugby and tries from Nick Rigby, Will Stride and Will Roberts with a further two conversions stretched their lead to 26-3 at half-time.

Tom Dodd scoreed close to the posts after the break and in the final play of the game young winger Colia Louis showed his pace and deception by breaking out to score by the posts.

Warwick will be playing Oundle School in the last 16 of the NatWest Schools Cup in January.

Alongside the two NatWest successes, Warwick’s Under-13 team has secured a place in the School Sports Magazine National Cup quarter-finals after beating Bromsgrove 27-12 on Saturday.

In very challenging conditions, Warwick settled quicker with an early try by centre Tom Patrick. Both sides competed physically at the breakdown but better handling by Warwick led to further tries by Ollie Stone, Will Callan and Alfie Whiteley. A penalty kicked by Elliot Tanner took the score out to 27-0 but Bromsgrove never took a step backwards and deservedly scored the final two tries of the game.