PREVIEW: SP Energy Networks Warriors Championship Final

Pupils from Shawlands Academy and Wallace High School have been gearing up for the 2018 SP Energy Networks Warriors Championship Final, being staged at Scotstoun this Friday, ahead of the Guinness PRO14 Semi-Final.

More than 1,000 boys and girls from 25 schools across the west, central and southern Scotland have taken part in this year's Championship at the home of Glasgow Warriors.

Each school was represented by S1 and S2 level boys’ teams and an Under-15 girls team with Shawlands Academy and Wallace High School battling through two qualifying rounds to earn a place in Friday's showpiece Final.

Shawlands Academy Head Coach Robbie Renwick says his players are in good spirits ahead of the Final which kicks off on the back pitches at 5.30pm ahead of the Guinness PRO14 semi-final between Glasgow Warriors and Scarlets.

Speaking to glasgowwarriors.org, he said: "We love playing at Scotstoun and the players are excited to be back in the Final.

"Hopefully all the pupils respond to a big crowd on the day and are not too nervous.

"It's a great opportunity for them and fingers crossed we can defend the title.

"It’s going to be tough against Wallace High School. We drew two games with them in the last round so it should be close and a great Final.”

Malachi Stuffins, who plays for the S1 team at Shawlands Academy, can't wait for the action to start on Friday.

"I am really excited about the final," the 12 year-old said.

"I think we have a chance of winning, although Wallace High School are a very good team.

"Our attacking has been strong in the tournament, we have used a mixture of our big players and also our fast players.

"It has been so much fun competing this year and getting to meet the Glasgow Warriors players has been amazing."

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

Neve Henderson plays for their Girls team and has caught the eye with her impressive displays throughout the 2018 SP Energy Networks Warriors Championship.

She said: "I really enjoy playing rugby and getting the chance to play in the Final is going to be fantastic.

"We had a lot of challenges in the Semi-Finals and now we are looking forward to the Final.

"Our team work and communication helped us in the Semi-Finals and if we work hard enough I think we have a chance against a very good Shawlands team."

Wallace High School PE Teacher and rugby coach Chris Jubb added: "The girls have come on leaps and bounds over the past year and this tournament has really helped with their development.

"It's all to play for in the Final. We have got a good recipe for success at Wallace High School which wins games so we won't change too much for the Final. 

"All the boys and girls have done their school proud so far and I'm sure they will do the same on Friday."  

Both sets of players will form a guard of honour for the Glasgow Warriors and Scarlets players ahead of the Guinness PRO14 Semi-Final with the Most Valuable Players presenting the match ball ahead of kick-off.

The winning school will be presented with the 2018 SP Energy Networks Warriors Championship trophy at half time, before taking part in a victory lap of honour.

Turnstiles open at the earlier time of 5.30pm on Friday in time for the Finals kicking off on the back pitches.

Supporters are welcome to attend but must have purchased a Guinness PRO14 Semi-Final match ticket to get entry into the stadium.

The last remaining tickets for Glasgow Warriors v Scarlets, which includes entry to the SP Energy Networks Warriors Championship FInal are available HERE.