RUGBY UNION: WARWICK School’s Under 15s squad will face Northampton School in the quarter finals in the National Schools Cup.
After beating Loughborough Endowed Schools in a nail-biting contest last week, Warwick’s Under 15s team will now battle for a place in the semi-final of the national competition.
Warwick started their game against Loughborough strongly, dominating the game with long periods of possession and some impressive line breaks.
Early pressure ultimately told when Warwick registered their first try, however Loughborough responded with a try of their own following a series of unforced errors in the Warwick team.
A ‘back to basics’ half time team talk helped Warwick regain their lead.
Wide players Jamie Treasure and Marcus Acquari looked dangerous while the visitors proved stronger in the mauls and runs around the ruck.
With less than five minutes remaining, a Loughborough try levelled the score at 19-19 – meaning Warwick would be out due to the away rule.
Despite the pressure, Warwick worked themselves into a promising position and won a penalty in the Loughborough half.
A good kick into the corner by Elliot Tanner allowed Warwick to move the ball and fund gaps in the Loughborough defence, but they were yet to break through.
A brave pass by Tom Patrick then put Harvey Brown through as Warwick opened up a five-point lead in dramatic circumstances to win the game.
Elsewhere Warwick School’s 1st XV have progressed through to the semi-finals of the SchoolsCup competition and are set to play Whitgift School at Allianz Park, home of Saracens, on Saturday, March 3.