After suffering defeats to Warwick School in the last two finals, Queen Elizabeth Grammar School (QEGS) got revenge on their rivals with a 15-6 win in the NatWest Schools U15s Cup final at Twickenham this afternoon, Wednesday.
It was the Wakefield school’s first outright title in the national competition and they saw-off their opponents with a superb display.
Man of the match and QEGS number 8, Edan Kelly scored his team’s first-half try while flanker Max Hanson struck after the interval scoring a try and adding a conversion and penalty.
Kelly’s try put QEGS 5-3 ahead after Warwick had taken an early lead through a penalty goal by centre Tom Fawcett.
Fawcett kicked a second-half penalty to put Warwick 6-5 up but the lead lasted only seven minutes as QEGS came straight back.
The Wakefield youngsters gained two successive penalties to put Warwick under pressure but Hanson failed to land the opportunity from a difficult angle.
However, QEGS quickly gained another chance and this time kicked for the corner to set up a close-in line-out. They won possession again and worked a move in midfield which saw Hanson take Tom Stephenson’s short pass to race through for a try by the posts.
Hanson converted his own try and eight minutes later the flanker added a further penalty to secure victory.
QEGS coach Gary Pickersgill said: “It’s nice to have won it outright. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer bunch of lads they are awesome. They have worked hard all year and they deserve it.”
Read Friday’s Wakefield Express for more on this story and pictures from the Twickenham final.