After their semi final performances we should have been expecting this in the U15 NatWest Vase final between Oakham and Sherborne at Twickenham today, where fans at the stadium and online were treated to a feast of rugby.
Sherborne may have won, 34-24, but both sides deserve huge credit for the way in which they played the game, perhaps taking inspiration for the style of rugby that we saw in the final round of the RBS 6 Nations Championship, as both coaches alluded to at the end of the game.
In many ways it was a tale of the two captains, the two outside centres, Sherborneâ€™s Nick Jonas, and Oakhamâ€™s YouTube sensation, Tyrese Johnson-Fisher. Both claimed superb hat-tricks, while Jonas also deservedly claimed the man of the match award.
Sherborne took a narrow lead into half time, Johnson-Fisher had given Oakham an early lead before Jonas and number 8 Felix Carey scored tries to take Sherborne 12-5 ahead.
Johnson-Fisher was back in again shortly after Sherborneâ€™s second though, winding up form long range, but a Rupert Chetwode try gave the South West side a 17-12 lead going into the break.
Both sides were phenomenally well supported, and that support was clearly inspiring them to an elevated standard of rugby, with onlookers observing that it was hard to believe that this was just a Vase final, it felt very much like a Cup final standard.
It was Johnson-Fisher who was to make the first big impression in the second half, rampaging over for his hat-trick to give the lead back to Oakham.
From there on though, Sherborne stepped up their game, putting Oakham under all sorts of pressure, forcing Oakham into a few errors.
As often follows pressure, so the tries came. First through second row George Sutton and then Jonas followed up with his second, a beautiful outside break that included pace, power, and a superb fend to go over in the corner.
Still Sherborne pressed, but as Oakham had shown, they are a talented side themselves, and securing possession on their own try line, they showed why, scoring the try of the game.
Full back Ben Boulton-Smith broke away up to halfway, evading several would be tacklers before bursting through and offloading to openside Archie Sumner, who showed great pace to run in from halfway.
With ten minutes remaining and just five points in the game, it seemed as though it could be a lifeline for Oakham, but Sherborne, and Jonas, had other ideas.
With a couple of minutes remaining Jonas was deservedly named man of the match, and taking that praise he soon turned it into points, bursting through with great power for a small man to secure his hat-trick.
That gave his team a 34-24 which they held on to for the remaining couple of minutes to secure their first ever Twickenham Schools Cup title.
Praise must be given to both sides though after what was a superb game of rugby, a final that will live long in the memory.
U15 NatWest Vase Final: Sherborne 34-24 Oakham
Man of the Match – Nick Jonas, Sherborne.
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15 Ben Boulton-SmithÂ 14 James HammondÂ 13 Tyrese Johnson-Fisher (c)Â 12 Huw DaviesÂ 11 Benjamin Oâ€™BoyleÂ 10 Seb DaviesÂ 9 Jack van PoorvlietÂ 1 Oluwatoyosi AfolabiÂ 2 Albert GrieveÂ 3 Ilya DurnetsovÂ 4 George FiggsÂ 5 Cameron JordanÂ 6 Oscar HoultÂ 7 Archie SumnerÂ 8 Luccas Lovatt.
Replacements:Â 16 Thomas WestÂ 17 Rory PeckÂ 18 Oliver LiddarÂ 19 Alfie RamseyÂ 20 Andrew JonesÂ 21 Freddie ReynoldsÂ 22 Matthew Schofield.
15 Tom PerkinsÂ 14 Rupert ChetwodeÂ 13 Nick Jonas (c)Â 12 Patrick ReynoldsÂ 11 Doug HicklingÂ 10 Dom PrestÂ 9 Barney HumphreyÂ 1 William BaileyÂ 2 Finian McLoughlinÂ 3 Felix StorerÂ 4 George SuttonÂ 5 Hugo PralleÂ 6 Tom de WesselowÂ 7 Peter FolkesÂ 8 Felix Carey.
Replacements:Â 16 Ben RainbowÂ 17 Ben ChilderleyÂ 18 Johnny PageÂ 19 Tom LaneÂ 20 James DixonÂ 21 Guy DeverellÂ 22 Harry Taylor.