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Churcher’s win battle of wills v Seevic to claim U18 Vase

Churcher’s College claimed the 2015 U18 NatWest Vase with a 13-5 victory over Seevic College.

Both teams had run home the tries in their respective semi finals in order to reach this Twickenham final, however in a tense and nervous final it was about heart and determination over try scoring, for both sides.

Churcher’s came out the faster of the two sides but Seevic rallied late in the second half, only to be thwarted by some determined Churcher’s defence.

Churcher’s superior start reflected in an 8-0 half time lead. They opened up a 3-0 lead on the quarter of an hour mark after number 8 Seb Herold landed a penalty before they constructed a beautiful try five minutes later.

The ball had gone to ground a few times for both teams but Churcher’s strung a few phases together brilliantly, allowing fly half Seb Head to drift over the line in fine style to give his side an 8-0 lead, which they deservedly held onto until half time.

Within minutes of the second half they were at it again, this time after some strong driving work released outside centre Zach Housden to go scampering over in the corner.

Tim Rodber’s old school had their tails up and had a 13-0 lead, all seemed to be going their way. However Seevic had not gone all the way in this tournament without bags of determination and spirit, and that started to show as they began to work some phases together, finally gaining some solid territory in the Churcher’s danger zone.

Pressure almost always converts into points and Seevic certainly made sure of that, as Amos Filson finished beautifully in the right hand corner after dancing down the right hand touchline, reducing the arrears to 13-5.

Filson had looked Seevic’s most dangerous man all day, and threatened twice again, however no matter how determined Seevic were and how hard they tried, they were faced by an irrepressible Churcher’s wall of defence.

Churcher’s determination was staggering, and their discipline not to concede penalties was admirable in the extreme. In the end that determination not to concede and their discipline alongside it were the differences, giving them a deserved 13-5 victory.

Both sides deserve credit though, they have played some excellent rugby in this competition and served up a tense and engaging final, unfortunately for Seevic it was not quite enough. For Churcher’s though, this is the greatest day in their rugby history.

U18 NatWest Vase Final: Churcher’s College 13-5 Seevic College

You can see photos of the game on our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/FifteenRugby

Man of the Match – Seb Herold, Churcher’s College

Teams:

Seevic College

15 Ed Howlett  14 Amos Filson  13 Jordan Lowe  12 Munashe Muzuzu  11 Lewis Johnstone  10 Harrison Friswell  9 Ricki Gould  1 Will Weston  2 Finlay MacIntyre  3 Najee Mundicha  4 Curtis Biddle  5 Hake Collins  6 Joe Hedges  7 Charlie Cannon  8 Chris Shields.

Replacements: 16 Matt Bevan  17 Luke Taylor  18 Billy Wright  19 Mitch Webb  20 Andre Barrett  21 Adrian Ishmail  22 John Sagomba.

Churcher’s College

15 Charlie Thompson  14 Jonny Payne  13 Zach Housden  12 Ben Norman  11 Joseph Parkes  10 Seb Head  9 Jack Harpur  1 William Kaye  2 Stefan Younghusband  3 Harry Trowsdale  4 Harry Rawlings  5 James AHrgreaves  6 Joseph Farrell  7 Samuel Bloomer  8 Seb Herold.

Replacements:  16 Max Wood  17 Dominic Williams  18 Oliver Nichols  19 Matt Vawdrey  20 Emile Hussell  21 Jordan Alexander  22 Ben Hanlan.

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