Rugby has always been high on the agenda at Felsted School and their latest stars are starting to grab the spotlight after a dramatic last-minute win in a national tournament.

The school’s first XV came from 20-7 behind at half-time to win their quarter-final match in the Continental Tyres Schools Vase 22-20 and secure a place in the last four.

Hundreds of pupils, both past and present, parents and many of the community close to the school watched the last eight clash with St Ambrose College of Altrincham, Greater Manchester.

The visitors were led by their fly-half and his work in conducting his side looked to have produced the goods.

However, with 15 minutes remaining, Felsted found a new gear and crucially they started to get on top in the scrum.

An unconverted try got them to within a score of Ambrose and so it was a surprise when they spurned a kick at goal with five minutes left, and frustrating when the ball was lost.

However, they were given one final chance and a destructive scrum won a penalty.

This time the kick was taken and Harry C sent the ball through the posts to clinch a thrilling victory.

Felsted's director of rugby, Andrew Le Chevalier, said: "Huge credit to the Felsted players who refused to accept that they were beaten.

They kept pushing one another and in the end found what they needed, just."

The semi-final will take place in the new year.

Felsted offer elite pathways for exceptionally talented athletes, which include individualised training and nutrition programmes.

The school has also been named as an official partner school of Saracens Rugby Club, with the two organisations agreeing to work together to identify talented young players and nurture them on the path towards a career in professional rugby.

One of their former players, Max Malins, made his Rugby World Cup debut for England against Chile in November.