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Daily Mail Cup U18 2007 Winners

Squad: D Askew, J Beebee, C Cathcart, J Collins, S Collins, F Dixon, S Ewell, G Gilleard, E Gillespie, J Greig, T Grimes, C Hayter (capt), M Hazleton, D Johnston, C Kroeger, T Maggs, W Matthews (vice-capt), S McCarthy, R McCrickerd, S Miller, M Stevens, B Storey, W Turner, J Williams.

And what a dream it was!  Wednesday 28th March 2007 must go down as one of the great dates in Warwick School history as the 1st XV met Barnard Castle in the Daily Mail under 18 Cup Final.

The support was brilliant – some people felt it was worth two points on the day – and it really was some occasion as boys throughout the Junior and Senior Schools, parents, many, many Old Boys, friends and staff filled Twickenham with a mass of blue and white.

Warwick started superbly and a drop-kick from outstanding Captain Charlie Hayter set the tone. Kicker Ryan McCrickerd was again right on his game and there was real quality and pace to the game.  Warwick’s success all year was based on having a number of on-pitch leaders and it was notable that Chris Kroeger, Jamie Collins, Will Matthews and Charlie Hayter all had big games in the final.  The game ebbed and flowed – not surprisingly as Barnard Castle were a well-drilled side playing a fast-mauling game and with some real quality players.

The Chairman of the RFU Schools committee later commented that the game was the best Daily Mail Cup Final in its 21 year history and it was certainly not for the faint-hearted, especially as the game neared its conclusion.  It took an excellent individual try from Hayter to give Warwick the lead and a priceless piece of cover defence from McCrickerd to keep Barnard Castle out in the dying seconds.  The final whistle brought relief and joy and a realization that this group of young men had achieved something very special.

Final score: 24-23.

(Taken from The Portcullis 2007).

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