Stage is set for Warriors Championship semi-finals

Defending champions Shawlands Academy will look to maintain their impressive form tomorrow as the 2018 SP Energy Networks Warriors Championship enters the semi-final stage.

The Glasgow south siders start Tuesday's five-school round-robin stage as favourites having recorded a perfect 100% record in Q4 last week.

Shawlands Academy won all 12 of their matches running in 66 tries during the fourth day of qualifying against S1 and S2 level boys’ teams and an under-15s girls’ team from Douglas Ewart High School, Belmont Academy, Eastwood High School, Shawlands Academy and McLaren High School.

Meanwhile, Lenzie Academy go into the semi-finals buoyed by their last gasp qualification win in Q5.

They finished top of the table alongside Kyle Academy but edged out the Ayr school thanks to their superior overall try count of 50 compared to Kyle Academy's 40.

Wallace Academy lost just one match on their way to semi-final qualification last month during Q3.

Their three teams took advantage of dry conditions to run in 68 tries across 12 matches which seals their place in the semi-finals of the Championships for a second successive year.

Balfron High School also make a return to the semi-final stage after impressing on the opening day of this year's SP Energy Networks Warriors Championship.

Balfron's three teams proved too strong for Oban High School, Largs Academy, Falkirk High School and St Thomas Aquinas as the 2017 Championship runners-up ran in 62 tries from a total of 209 scored on the day across 30 matches.

Of the five semi-finalists, Jordanhill School had to do it the hard way in Q2 with the weather conditions making things difficult for all 15 teams competing.

They did however manage to cross the try-line on 43 occasions during their 12 matches boosted by no fewer than seven Glasgow Warriors players watching on from the sidelines, including Ruaridh Jackson, Ryan Grant, Scott Cummings, Chris Fusaro, Lewis Wynne, Brandon Thomson and Pat MacArthur.

So the stage is set for what should be an intriguing round of matches tomorrow at Scotstoun with the first semi-final ties beginning at 10.30am.

Two schools will progress to the final which will take place on the main pitch at Scotstoun next month.

Good luck to all the participating schools - Shawlands Academy, Lenzie Academy, Wallace Academy, Balfron High School and Jordanhill School.