Daily Mail RBS Preview: U18 Vase and Under 15 Cup & Vase


The Under 18 Vase final will be the third match of the Daily Mail RBS finals day tomorrow; kicking off at 1pm Felsted School will take on Yarm School.

It is a particularly special day for Felsted whose Under 15’s have also reached their Vase final where they will play the Royal Latin School.

It is a fine achievement for a School with a tradition of producing quality cricket and hockey players but with a relatively lowly rugby reputation.

Head Coach Andrew Le Chevalier has set out to change that though and it looks like he has got his rewards, with two sides in the Vase finals and his captain and Number 8, Charlie Kingham, a member of the Saracens academy and the England Under 18 Clubs & Schools side, Felsted is certainly a school to be reckoned with now.

The Under 18’s semi final was a thrilling affair, a 31-27 victory against St Ambrose College that had supporters on the edge of their seats thoughout.

However against Yarm tomorrow they will need to keep a tighter ship in defence, for despite a low scoring semi final win, 8-5 over Plymouth College, Yarm possess a very dangerous backline, with England winger Zach Kibirige wreaking havoc wherever he goes. He will likely start in the centres.

The worry for Felsted is that for all of their attacking quality, it was actually Yarm’s defence that was the most impressive part of their game in the semi final. However Felsted know that they have a varied and exciting attack and will feel that they can threaten Yarm in arrears that others perhaps cannot.

It promises to be an exciting game though, with the two sides looking very evenly matched, in Kingham and Kibirige both sides have potential match winners, and with huge numbers of supporters travelling from either side it should be an excellent spectacle.

In the Under 15 Cup meanwhile, Warwick play QEGS Wakefield.

Both the Warwick Under 15’s and 18’s were in their respective Cup semi finals but only the Under 15’s progressed; they will now look to emulate their 2007 Under 18 side by winning the Daily Mail Cup.

If Warwick feel as though they have the weight of history on their side though QEGS can boast it to an even greater degree, with their Under 15’s and Under 18’s reaching five finals over the years.

However QEGS have never won the Daily Mail Cup at any age group, a share of the Under 15 trophy in 1998 is the best they have managed, so their 2013 vintage have the opportunity to make QEGS history.

Kick Off Times:

U15 Vase, Felsted School v Royal Latin School – 11am

U15 Cup, Warwick School v QEGS Wakefield – 12.30pm

U18 Vase, Felsted School v Yarm School – 2pm

U18 Cup, Dulwich College v Northampton School for Boys – 3.40pm

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