Wasps U18s excited for Finals Day
Wasps Academy Manager Matt Davies is looking forward to travelling to Sixways tomorrow for the Under 18 Premiership Finals Day.
Wasps U18s finished second in the Northern Conference on points difference to Sale Sharks, despite winning the final game of the regular season against Northampton Saints last Saturday.
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As Northern group runners-up Wasps will face Exeter Chiefs, who finished second top in the Southern half, for third place nationally on Thursday.
Ahead of the fixture Matt Davies said: “We are incredibly proud to have made Finals Day for the second year in a row. It was disappointing to miss out on the first place final by a small margin such as points difference, but the boys have fought very hard all season to get us to this point.”
There have been many standout individuals who have helped Wasps reach the Finals and three players; Will Porter, Joe Tunney and Tom Willis have been recognised with an invitation to the England U18 Development camp next week.
On their selection Davies said: “Well done to the boys and to everyone who has worked to get them to this point. It is fantastic that they get some recognition, but they are well aware there is a lot more work to be done.”
Davies was keen to emphasise it has been a squad effort to get Wasps' team to finals day: “With six big performances required in the games from the start of the competition at the end of December, it has been vitally important to have squad depth and everyone has played their part to get us to Finals Day.”
The key role the coaches have played in developing the team was also recognised by Davies: “The group have been led brilliantly by James Honeyben, Craig Newby and all of the coaches. An awful lot of hard work from the support staff across all disciplines has gone into helping improve the squad and helping them to fulfil their potential.
On their opponents, Exeter Chiefs, Davies said: “They are a very strong outfit and that is reflected by their win against table-toppers Harlequins last week. We know their set-up reasonably well having played in the Southern Conference up until this season and we certainly won’t be underestimating them.” Match line-up on Thursday
12.30: Worcester Warriors v Saracens - for fifth place 14.30: Exeter Chiefs v Wasps - for third place
16.30: Harlequins v Sale Sharks - The Final
Entry to Finals Day is FREE - gates open at 11.30am at Sixways Stadium. Wasps U18s team to face Exeter Chiefs
15. Matt Wells
14. Taju Atta
13. Murray Bellis
12. Sam Spink
11. Brendan Clark
10. Jacob Umaga
9. Will Porter (c)
1. Joe Salkeld
2. Alfie Barbeary
3. George Strainge
4. Harry Sayer
5. Joe Tunney
6. Alfred Mawdsley
7. James Seabrook
8. Tom Willis
16. George Probyn
17. Jarod Leat
18. Paddy Harris
19. Frazer Kiff
20. Tom Guthrie
21. Tom Bishop
22. Finn Pietersen
23. Aaron O’Sullivan