Royal Latin reach Daily Mail Vase semi-finals

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Buckingham’s Royal Latin U15s rugby team are into the semi-finals of the National Daily Mail Vase and are now just one game away from Twickenham after they beat Tadcaster Grammar from Yorkshire 24-5 in the quarters.

Royal Latin started well and put the first try on the scoreboard after 10 minutes, while Tadcaster tried to play their normal game of pick and go with their large pack, but excellent work at the breakdown by the Latin forwards, particularly from Hamish Firth and Sam Thomson, frustrated their game plan and led to Latin having most of the possession.

With a strong wind blowing in their face the first half, Latin managed to score another try before Tadcaster scored from some good tight play just before half time.

Having got themselves into a strong position at half time, Royal Latin kept things simple and used their kicking game to make Tadcaster play from their own half.

After being awarded a scrum just outside the Tadcaster 22, the Latin back line ran at pace and sent Mike Taylor through both Tadcaster centres and under the posts to take the lead to 19-5.

The away teams’ heads went down and although they fought hard to the end, they never really threatened the Latin line and a final try from the Royal Latin cemented a superb display of rugby, winning 24-5.

They now go into the semi-finals, only the second time in the school’s history, and just one game away from Twickenham.

The semi-finals are to be held on Sunday, March 10, at the Broadstreet rugby club in Coventry.