Shawlands Academy and Wallace High School secure place in Final

Shawlands Academy and Wallace High School will battle it out for the 2018 SP Energy Networks Warriors Championship title next month after coming through Tuesday's semi-finals.

The two schools fought through a five-school round-robin semi-finals stage at Scotstoun, getting the better of Lenzie Academy, Jordanhill School and 2017 runners-up Balfron High School.

Each school was represented by S1 and S2 level boys’ teams and an under-15s girls’ team with 30 matches played in front of family and friends.

The high quality of rugby was matched by an equally impressive atmosphere on the touchline as 205 tries were scored on a perfect day for running rugby.

Qualification for May's final means Wallace High School have gone one better than last year when they reached the semi-finals stage of the Warriors Championship.

They scored 44 tries in their 12 matches on Tuesday.

Thrilled Wallace High School PE Teacher and rugby coach Chris Jubb said: "Our teams are buzzing and I am so excited for all the players.

"I told them that the semi-finals would be a big step up and they will have taken a lot from winning a number of tight games to reach the final.

"They showed real heart and commitment to pick up enough points and qualify.

"They have done themselves and the school proud.

"There were some nervous faces near the end not knowing the final results but it is elation now and the bus back to Stirling will be great fun."

Shawlands Academy are in the FinalShawlands Academy, who are defending their title, crossed the try line on 71 occasions yesterday to remain unbeaten in the competition and book their place in May's showpiece final.

Head coach Robbie Renwick said: "The best five schools were competing today and the standard of rugby was really high.

“There were some really close games, especially against Wallace High School and Balfron High School.

"When things got tough, the players dug deep to get the wins and we are delighted to reach the final.

"We have played at Scotstoun a few times now and we love it, it's like our second home."

Glasgow Warriors have been busy preparing for Silver Saturday’s 1872 Cup decider against Edinburgh Rugby at BT Murrayfield but Peter Horne, Tommy Seymour and Ruaridh Jackson made time to offer some advice to the players on Tuesday afternoon.

Seymour said: "The weather has stayed dry for the semi-finals and there was some real quality out there.

“It's a great buzz for us to come out and watch them play and see them doing so well.

"We like to think as professional players we have an impact on the numbers playing the game so there's a real sense of pride seeing the growth of the sport in and around Glasgow.”Wallace High School are in the Final

Peter Horne added: "I love coming along to these kind of events and it's great seeing boys and girls with a rugby ball in their hands.

"The Scotland Women's team has some fantastic players like Jade Konkel who are inspiring the next generation of girls to play which is brilliant and judging by today, the standard of competition at junior level is picking up."

At the beginning of this season Glasgow Warriors announced a landmark three-year partnership with SP Energy Networks which saw them become the club’s Official Community Partner.

SP Energy Networks, which operates across central and southern Scotland, are working with Glasgow Warriors on a wide-range of community initiatives, including the SP Energy Networks Warriors Championship.

25 schools from across the west, central and southern Scotland will take part in the tournament.

The 2018 champions will take home the SP Energy Networks Warriors Championship trophy and brand new rugby kit for their school.