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Your News Stelling takes Old Swinford Hospital School through to Twickenham final

IT was third time lucky for Old Swinford Hospital School from Stourbridge as they beat local rivals King’s School, Worcester 20-3 in the opening Daily Mail RBS Schools Under-18 Cup semi-final at Broadstreet RFC near Coventry today.

OSH had suffered two semi-final defeats in eight years but 15 points, including two tries, from centre Max Stelling took them through to the final at Twickenham Stadium on April 4. OSH will now play Dulwich College, who beat St Joseph’s College, Ipswich 22-16 in the second semi-final.

But Stelling had no time to celebrate Old Swinford’s success as he had to dash back to the Surrey Sports Park in Guildford to rejoin an England Under 18 Clubs and Schools training camp.

“I came up from Surrey yesterday and my mum is driving me straight back there after I have had my shower. We have got a game against Northampton Academy tomorrow, so it’s a good job that I have only got 20 minutes against them,” Stelling said.

Stelling twice use his strength to break tackles and crash over for tries but his touch kicking from defence also helped to relieve the pressure when King’s threatened to get back into the match.

The semi-final ensured that a Worcestershire school would reach the final for the first time and Stelling had sympathy for his good friend Harry Nuttall, the King’s captain, and two other North Midlands Under 18 team-mates in George Jeavons-Fellows and Andrew Boyce who impressed in defeat.

“I thought Harry placed exceptionally well and it was difficult playing against people that you know really well,” Stelling said.

“I gave him a big hug after the game and said how well he played but I’m sure we will be in touch again during the week.”

Sandwiched between Stelling’s two tries was an interception try from Old Swinford right wing Esse Attah who collected a well telegraphed pass from Alex Osborn on half way and galloped away to score under the posts. Stelling added the conversion to go with a first half penalty.

King’s only points came from a first half penalty from fly-half George Kitching but, despite the efforts of number eight Jeavons-Fellows and blindside flanker Boyce, they could not break down OSH’s defence.

“We are disappointed with the performance, little things didn’t go our way, there were a few drops here and there but we were exciting when we had the ball,” said King’s director of sport Jonny Mason.

“It just wasn’t to be we had a few too many mistakes that gave them some easy points in the attacking third. But I thought OSH defended well and they deserved to win.

“But we will look back on the season as a very good season and I think we should be proud of what we have done.”

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