Stourbridge-based school Old Swinford Hospital are looking forward to their date with destiny next month after reaching the final of the Daily Mail RBS Under-18 Cup.
Andrew Coalter’s side defeated local rivals King’s, Worcester, in the semi-finals and will face Dulwich College at Twickenham on April, 4.
Two tries from Moseley, Worcester and England Under-18 centre Max Stelling, combined with another excellent defensive display, helped OSH to a 20-3 victory that saw them clear the final hurdle at the third time of asking.
Which more than made up for disappointment in 2004, when Worcester Warrior Chris Pennell was in their side, and twelve months ago when they slipped up in the last four against Oakham.
And their success has come as something of a surprise to Coalter, who has had to integrate several new players.
“I was thinking ‘If we are in the Daily Mail Cup by Christmas then we have done well’,” the director of sport said. “But the new guys have blown me away with how much they have taken on board.
“We have been playing a really mature brand of rugby and I was really pleased with our semi-final win over King’s because it’s psychologically hard to beat a side twice in the same season. It’s a fantastic achievement for a school of our size. I am really pleased the school has been able to push on to the final, we’re going there to try and win it.”
OSH have powered through eight rounds and have kept the opposition try-less in five of them.
“The squad is home-grown, boys who have grown up together from 11-years-old and built a real camaraderie.
“I take real pride in the fact that boys who are in the Under-14s can eye that jersey at Under-18s safe in the knowledge that someone’s not going to come in over their heads.”