Seevic College secured a place in the U18 NatWest Vase final at Twickenham on the 25th March with a stunning 45-23 victory over Stockport Grammar School at Allianz Park.
Stockport took a 16-6 lead into the half time break with Seevic a man down but the Seevic coaching staff must have had some strong half time words as their team came absolutely storming out for the second half, scoring an incredible six tries.
It was a stunning display of belief and resilience, not to mention a huge improvement in discipline.
Stockport took the lead through first half tries from Gilboy and Sidebottom, with two Friswell penalties keeping Seevic in touch, however with Chris Shields being sin binned Stockport further built their lead to 16-6 at the break.
Seevic edged closer immediately after the brak though, with a Friswell penalty, before three quick tries changed the game completely.
With Frisweel to the fore, and Shields returning, Seevic scored through winger Amos Filson, openside Charlie Cannon, before Filson Bagged his brace on 50 minutes â€“ it was a stunning opening to the second half, putting them 26-16 ahead, an incredible turnaround.
The only real blot on the second half copybook came seven minutes later as Filson then saw yellow, from which Stockport were able to hit back with a third try, through fullback Tom Oâ€™Mahony.
That closed the gap to 26-23, and the sense was that this could develop into a real nailbiter of a second half, however no sooner had that happened than Seevic were back on the attack again, with this incredible mental strength that they appeared to show simply not allowing them to falter.
In five minutes they scored a further three tries, first through outside centre Jordan Lowe with a gem of a score on the outside shoulder of the defence, before substitute Morgan Thorne effectively ended the game with a lovely effort in the corner.
Unfortunately for Thorne, and his Seevic teammates, he suffered a nasty injury in the process but he was hopefully able to see his replacement Manashe Muzuzu round things off I style with his sideâ€™s sixth try, to take the final score out to 45-23.
It was an irresistible surge of momentum and mental strength from Seevic, and if they perform like that at Twickenham, they will be a very tough side to beat indeed. If they iron out their first half disciplinary issues, they will be a seriously dangerous outfit, as their 6 second half tries showed.
Full Time: Stockport Grammar School 23-45 Seevic College
Stockport Grammar School
15 Tom Oâ€™Mahony, Â 14 Michael Sidebottom, 13 George Chatterton, Â 12 Will Jones, 11 Will Hanson, Â 10 Louis Jones, Â 9 Mark Ray; Â 1 Ed Robinson, Â 2 James Travis, Â 3 Sam Clarke, Â 4 Kyle Clapperton, Â 5 Tom Power,Â 6 Will Travis, Â 7 Tom Travis, 8 James Gilboy.
Replacements: Â 16 Harry Mellor, Â , Â 17 Alex Provan, Â 18 Max Lederwerg, Â 19 Ned Barlow, Â 20 Adam North, Â 21 Jaimai Brown, Â 22 Alex Jones.
15 Edward Howlett, Â 14 Amos Filson, Â 13 Jordan Lowe, Â 12 Manashe Muzuzu, Â 11 Lewis Johnstone, Â 10 Harrison Friswell, Â 9 Ricki Gould; Â 1 Will Weston, Â 2 Finlay Macintyre, Â 3 Najee Mundicha, Â 4 Jake Collins, Â 5 Curtis Biddle, Â 6 Joe Hedges, Â 7 Charlie Cannon, Â 8 Chris Shields.
Replacements: 16 Matthew Bevan, Â 17 Mitch Webb, Â 18 Luke Taylor, Â 19 Andre Barrett, Â 20 John Sagomba, Â 21 Morgan Thorne, Â 22 Billy Wright.