QEGS Wakefield reached their second U15 NatWest Cup final in a row, despite some late drama from Whitgift at Allianz Park.
QEGS led 19-12 with just a few seconds left on the clock, after two second half tries had given them the lead.
However Whitgiftâ€™s outstanding outside centre Tom Griffiths, who had been on the charge all day, went blasting over on the left touchline to bring his side within two points. It left the toughest of conversions though and unfortunately for the Croydon side, that left them just two points short of levelling the game.
QEGS had been outstanding all afternoon though, with their second half performance from, fly half Henry Wright a particular highlight.
It was an even first half that ebbed and flowed brilliantly, it saw Whitgift score an early try through William Varcoe in the right hand corner after some great handline from his sideâ€™s backline
That signalled a little spell of Whitgift pressure, with QEGS having to work hard in defence. That pressure was soon to pay off as fly half Fergus Donnelly, who had an excellent game pulling the strings for the Croydon based side, strolled over to double his sideâ€™s advantage.
He then extended that to 12-0, and at that point one might have thought that Whitgift might run away with things, however buoyed by cries of â€˜Yorkshire, Yorkshireâ€™ from their travelling band of supporters, QEGS started to pick up some momentum of their own.
A huge 30 metre driving maul has to prove a bit of a turning point in the half â€“ and we all saw how important the maul was in last weekendâ€™s semi finals â€“ QEGS smashed into Whitgift territory and the leaders were forced to haul the maul down, resulting in a yellow card for Whitgift prop Jumal Nelson.
QEGS took advantage brilliantly, keeping the momentum up to secure possession deep in Whitgift territory, before releasing inside centre Luke Adams. In a weekend where great centre play is rightly being celebrated, he pulled out some of his own as with a fend and an outside swerve that was almost Oâ€™Driscoll-esque, he drifted through to dive over and pull his side closer to the 2003 champions.
Henry Wright landed a good conversion to bring the scores to 12-7 as the two sides then began to even out as the half began to draw to a close.
Things still did not look ideal for QEGS though, however as the second half began they absolutely exploded out of the traps, really stepping up the pressure on Whitgift.
Henry Wright, as mentioned above, was the catalyst for that, probing with both his passing and running, as well as some testing kicks, and it was absolutely fitting that it was he who went over for the first try of the half, dancing past a couple of defenders to score beneath the posts, sparking utter pandemonium.
He converted his own try to give his side a 14-12 lead, which only served to ramp up his own sideâ€™s momentum even further. Straight form the kick off the were back in possession and back on the attack.
Slowly they worked their way into Whitgift territory, with yet move of the brilliant maul helping them along the way. It was Wright again who was to provide the spark. His dart at the line from close range was cut off just short but it created the space for his sideâ€™s hooker and inspirational captain, Nathan Young, to stroll over on the left hand side.
Whitgift are a top side though, and it had to be expected that they would come hammering back at some point. So it proved as with time ticking they really began to put the pressure of QEGS, setting up the position for that excellent Griffiths try.
Unfortunately for the 2003 champions though, it was not quite enough and it is QEGS Wakefield who go into the final, looking to avenge that 12-6 final defeat to Warwick last year and finally, at the fourth attempt, in the U15 Schools Cup outright.
On this evidence, they have every chance.
Final Score: Whitgift 17-19 QEGS Wakefield
1. Jumal NelsonÂ 2. Matt PearsonÂ 3. Gabriel Diaz-AylwinÂ 4. Louis MackÂ 5. Elliot McDevittÂ 6. Rordon Daws (captain)Â 7. Sam PayneÂ 8. Cameron Wilkins;Â 9. Jonathan NoonÂ 10. Fergus DonnellyÂ 11. Funsho AjayiÂ 12. Harvey KellyÂ 13. Tom GriffithsÂ 14. William VarcoeÂ 15. Noah Ferdinand.
Replacements: 16. Dom AtkinsÂ 17. Cameron KlingerÂ 18. Joe DempseyÂ 19. Michael HanlonÂ 20. Matthew BinnsÂ 21. Jasprit SoorÂ 22. Charlie Websdale.
1. Harvey FarrarÂ 2. Nathan Youngs (captain)Â 3. Callum FarleyÂ 4. Ben WhyteÂ 5. Sachin GognaÂ 6. Edan KellyÂ 7. Joey Selim Â 8. George Charnock; Â 9. Sam Tovey Â 10. Henry Wright Â 11. Chesachi Hani-Okaroafor Â 12. Luke Adams Â 13. Tom Jenkinson Â 14. Joe Gatus Â 15. Harry Clibbens.
Replacements: 16. Tom Hewson Â 17. Sufaan Rafi Â 18. Ben Eames Â 19. Max Henson Â 20. Tom Stephenson Â 21.Tom Alderton Â 22. Tom Macrow.