Fast starts to both halves sealed a superb U18 NatWest Cup semi final victory for Warwick at Allianz Park.
Hooker William Priestley scored within two minutes of the game beginning after a sensational break from wing Thomas Howard, sealing the perfect start for the men from the Midlands.
Durham pegged back a penalty as they grew into the game, however a yellow card for winger Garry Izomor, for taking out Thomas Howard in the air, gave Warwick a numerical advantage as they entered the closing stages of the first half.
They reacted brilliantly, piling on the pressure as they worked their way into the Durham 22, securing a scrum on the Durham 5 metre line.
Durham had actually had the ascendency in that area through the first half, with Jake Ellwood doing particularly well to win a couple of penalties. This time though the Warwick front row really stepped up, with Irish Schoolboy international, Jake Byrne, really stepping up to the mark.
That forward momentum allowed Warwick to break, and it was captain and openside flanker Joe Blake who went barging over from close range with the last play of the half, much to his and the outstanding Warwick supportersâ€™ delight.
Fullback William Stride landed the conversion to make it 12-3 to Warwick at the break, and given Durham domination of the middle period of that half, it was an outstanding scoreline for the blue and white hoops.
The start of the second half was to turn the scoreline from outstanding to game changing though as within seconds of the restart Stride himself went over in the corner, finishing off a lovely move in the far right hand corner with aplomb. That left him with an incredibly difficult conversion, but that mattered not, the score had still been stretched out to 17-3.
Warwick then began to really pile the pressure on, but the Durham defence was truly resolute, yielding only a single penalty, landed by Warwickâ€™s Jamie Shillock.
Following that though, all heel broke loose as Durham launched what can only be described as one of the most spirited comebacks that this writer has witnessed.
Warwick have been known for loving a close game in this competition but even they cannot possibly have legislated for this end to proceedings!
Durham first hit back after Warwck fly half, Henry Stride, saw yellow with just ten minutes left. Immediately the northern school hit back through a sensational finish from winger Matthew Wilson, which Adam Redman brilliantly converted to narrow the Warwick lead to just ten points.
If that was a nervy moment for the Midlands side though, Redmanâ€™s sensational run and score in the left hand corner with just five minutes left to play must have been one of the most stress inducing moments of Head Coach Mark Naseyâ€™s coaching career.
His side held on though, showing that famous spirit and determination of theirs to see the game out, sealing a 20-15 victory and sharing a joyous moment with their fans at the final whistle.
A sensational game, and one that will leave Warwick supporters with a trip to Twickenham to organise now, for the 2014 U18 NatWest Cup Final.
Full Time: Durham 15-20 Warwick
1. Jake EllwoodÂ 2.Mark DavisonÂ 3. Alex TunstallÂ 4. Harry BryantÂ 5. Jack BarkerÂ 6. Dom WarbyÂ 7. Will BurnsÂ 8. Dan LeachÂ 9. Dan TaylorÂ 10. Matt ProctorÂ 11. Garry IzomarÂ 12. Jack BalakeneyÂ 13. Jacob BushnellÂ 14. Matt WilsonÂ 15. Adam Redman.Â
Replacements: 16. Charlie ScottÂ 17. Austin AndersonÂ 18. Chris FieldÂ 19. Will HampshireÂ 20. Tony ElliotÂ 21. Matt WhaleyÂ 22. Henry Wadsworth.
1. Oliver MatthewsÂ 2. Will PriestleyÂ 3. Jake ByrneÂ 4. Josh FoxÂ 5. James AinsworthÂ 6. James AllanÂ 7. Joe BlakeÂ 8. Matt RileyÂ 9. Harry BassettÂ 10. Henry StrideÂ 11. Devon BerringtonÂ 12. Carrick WaldronÂ 13. Bryn GranthamÂ 14. Tom HowardÂ 15. Will Stride.
Replacements: 16. James BlissÂ 17. Jamie ShillockÂ 18. Harry AbellÂ 19. Noah ThorneÂ 20. Jordan AinslieÂ 21. John AndersonÂ 22. Harry Fitzpatrick.