NatWest Schools Cup: Altrincham Grammar reach U15 Vase final

ALTRINCHAM Grammar School For Boys put in a controlled and assured performance on Sunday to beat local rivals Lymm High School 20-5 in the NatWest Cup Under 15 Vase semi-final at Allianz Park.

They will now meet Graveney for the NatWest Schools Cup under-15 Vase at Twickenham.

Altrincham were favourites having knocked Lymm out of the cup earlier in the season with a 29-7 win, and they certainly played with the authority you would expect from the favourites in the first half.

Scrum half and captain Rory Canham made a couple of probing breaks that put Altrincham in a good position inside the Lymm half, and eventually centre Tim Palmer found his way to the line with an arching break.

Lymm had one visit to the Altrincham 22 all half, and that came in response to the Palmer try.

Twice they went close to scoring but on both occasions centre Josh Davies and full back Jake Davies were held up over the line.

Altrincham pushed their lead out beyond two scores with a well struck Ryan Taylor 15 minutes in, and the score remained 8-0 at the break.

Lymm centre and captain Josh Davies had looked threatening all game and it came as no surprise that he was the man to break the deadlock for his side using his impressive upper body strength to drive over early in the second half.

But Lymm just couldn’t keep Altrincham’s most influential player in Canham quiet; a dart and flash of pace saw the scrum half go in under the posts.

After the Canham try Altrincham took the game by the scruff of the neck and soon crossed again through monstrous wing Saif Rattoo.

Altrincham seemed to sit on that lead and see out the win, and managed to achieve that without too much fuss.

Altrincham Grammar School For Boys head coach Stephen Jelly said: ”I’m chuffed. Obviously any good result I’m happy with, we switched off in moments there, but at the same time the intensity the boys showed at the tackle area and at the break down was absolutely superb.

“Playing at Twickenham is something the boys have had at the back of their minds for two or three years now, but I don’t think they thought it was possible until they got here today and realised that anything is possible if you work hard in training and play to your potential.”

Altrincham will play Graveney School in NatWest Schools Finals Day at Twickenham Stadium on March 29.

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