18th May 2015, 11:29

London & SE Champion Schools Boys Finals

Man of the Match Adam Bator-Brown on the charge for Howard of Effingham in the Year 9 final against Hemel Hempstead

The London and South East Champion Schools Boys Finals were held at Allianz Park in north London with representatives from five schools taking part with teams from Year 7 through to Year 10.

The action kicked off with the Year 7 final between Hinchley Wood from south west London and RGS High Wycombe. RGS opened the scoring with a try but their opponents went on to dominate the rest of the half, touching down three times to lead 12-4 at the break.

They stretched their lead to 20-4 early in the second half with two more tries and looked to be cruising to victory but RGS staged a comeback claiming three tries without reply to narrow the gap to just four points. However, despite some nervous moments Hinchley Wood hung on to win 20-16.

Hinchley Wood scrum-half and captain Bryn Bradley took the Man of the Match award for a fine all round performance.

The Year 8 final saw Surrey school Howard of Effingham take on Verulam from St Albans, Hertfordshire. Verulam opened the scoring with a try from centre Rukh Gupta following some early pressure.

Gupta had a hand in the next try, his pass sending Harvey Smith racing 40 metres to touchdown. Howard hit back with a try from centre Tom Marvin but just before half-time Verulam stretched their lead following a fine individual effort from Gupta. From deep in his own half he kicked ahead and outpaced the defence before touching down. Jamie Regan converted to make it 14-4 at the break.

The Surrey side worked hard to get back into the game and cut the lead with a try by hard-working prop Louis Kassapian. But once again Verulam eased ahead when wing Will Reed gathered a cross kick before touching down. Regan again added the extras to make it 24-8.

They wrapped things up when Dylan Simms crossed in the corner after a strong run. Howard had the final say with a second try from Marvin to make the final score 24-12. The influential Verulam centre Rukh Gupta was named Man of the Match.

In the Year 9 final Howard of Effingham proved far too strong for Hemel Hempstead running in 12 tries and landing six conversions in their 60-0 victory. They led 28-0 at half-time and were equally dominant in the second half with powerful left wing Adam Bator-Brown running in five tries to claim the Man of the Match award. There were also tries for Michael Stewart, Harry Miles, Sam Wilcox, Matthew Scott, Tom Weston and James Rennison, who also landed six conversions.

The final match of the day was an equally one-sided affair with the Year 10 boys of Verulam beating Hinchley Wood 48-6. They led 26-0 at half-time with five tries and three conversions and added another five in the second half although only one was converted. However, Hinchley Wood avoided a whitewash with a late converted try.

Verulam’s pacey, elusive wing Dom Browne, who notched up two tries, was named Man of the Match.