Plymouth College reach quarters in national Vase
Plymouth College...22 John Hampden School...7
PLYMOUTH College's first XV booked themselves comfortably into the quarter-finals of the Daily Mail under-18 Vase with an emphatic victory over their High Wycombe rivals at Delgany Sports Ground.
The college's reward for winning the South West final is a home tie in the last-eight against Tiffin School for Boys of Richmond upon Thames or another South East side, Cranbrooke.
Scrum-half Ed Neeves top scored for Plymouth with 16 points, with number eight Jacob Kingscott and skipper Tom Jordan also putting points on the board for the hosts.
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The college's director of rugby Richard Edwards paid tribute to his players and said, despite a lack of competition due to the bad weather, he felt the hosts always held the upper hand.
Edwards said: "Great credit to the lads for their victory. The conditions were tough to play in and you could see we were showing signs of ring rust, particularly early on.
"It needed a complete team effort from our players. Our opponents were disciplined, well coached and gutsy but ultimately never likely to deny us a victory.
"We've now a home tie in the national stage to look forward to, so that's a bonus for the college and for rugby in Plymouth."
Plymouth opened the scoring when inside-centre Ollie Clenaghan kicked downfield and back-rower Kingscroft took the ball over the whitewash.
Neeves unerringly kicked the conversion for a 7-0 lead.
However, to their credit, John Hampden hit back with a converted try a few minutes later to remind Plymouth they were in a regional shoot-out.
But Jordan crossed and then Neeves struck a penalty to extend Plymouth's lead to 15-7 at half-time.
Plymouth dominated after the break and were practically camped in their rivals' final third. It was deserved when Neeves scored a try which he also converted.