Eight minutes against Filton that turned the season round for St Benedict's

Last updated at 16:06 06 March 2008

It has been impossible to resist the claims of St Benedict's, Ealing as U18 Team of the Month.

The Cup finalists, led by their dynamic flanker Rowan Halsall, have won all 21 games this season, amassing 969 points, but no victory was more pivotal than their Cup quarter-final against Filton College when they were 8-3 at home down with eight minutes left.

But St Benedict's never wavered and broke through a magnificent defence to score two tries and win 17-8. If they do win the Cup at Twickenham they will look back on those eight minutes as the crux of their season.

They have since won their semi-final against Barnard Castle and most of their players are one game away from a rare double, having won the U15 Cup at Twickenham in 2005. Only Bradford Grammar in the early Nineties have achieved that distinction.

The U15 award goes to Old Swinford Hospital from Stourbridge, who have taken some mighty scalps on their way to the semi-finals for the first time.

Their victims include Rugby, Oakham, Bedford Modern and, in the quarter-finals, a powerful Manchester Grammar side. It is a great achievement for a small school - one of the few state boarding schools - and is some consolation for the 1st XV's defeat in the quarter-finals of the U18 Cup.

Centre Ross Williamson will lead them out at Broadstreet on March 15 where they face another big name - Millfield - in the semi-finals.

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