RUGBY UNION: WARWICK School will be returning to the home of English rugby later this month after booking their place in the final of the Under-28 NatWest Schools Cup at Twickenham.
A hard fought 30-17 victory over Felsted School at Allianz Park saw Warwick book their place in the final where they will meet Bishop Wordsworth’s Grammar School on March 29.
Warwick captain, Will Fawcett, said: “It is every rugby playing schoolboys dream to play on the hallowed turf and the sense of joy shared with the committed supporters in ‘blue & white’ following the game was electric.”
Warwick started well with Will Tanner kicking a penalty from 45 metres to gain three points on his way to an impressive personal tally of 15.
The team kept up the momentum with strong carries by Kieran Curran, Ollie Richardson and Tom Fawcett presenting another penalty to extend their lead.
But the quality of Felsted was soon on display and from a number of Warwick mistakes the opposition launched some powerful attacks resulting in a try out wide to give them a 7-6 lead.
Warwick bounced back and a powerful carry from Ollie Thorneywork saw him break through three tacklers to wrestle his way over the line before Felsted scored a penalty and a try to hold a four point lead at half-time.
There was a feeling of disappointment during the team huddle but Warwick returned for the second half with renewed confidence and an early charge leading to a try for Kieran Curran.
Another penalty and a lift in Warwick’s performance at the lineout ensured the bulk of the second half was played on the attack and it was not long before Ollie Thorneywork drove over and Will Tanner added the extras for 30-17.
The team looked full of confidence and could have had a further two scores but strong defence from Felsted saw the game finish without a change in the score line.
Warwick now head to Twickenham where they will be looking to win the competition for the first time since 2007.