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U18 Schools Cup: Quarter Final Previews

2nd December 2019
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The U18 Schools Cup quarter finals all take place this Wednesday as the eight teams bid to reach the semi finals in March.

 

As usual the tournament was split into eight regions at the start, with the eight quarter finalists being the winners of those regions. The quarter finals were drawn with the North and Midlands sides on one half of the draw and the London & South East and South West sides in the other, making the semi finals the first truly national stage of the tournament.

 

The teams are now just two victories away from the final at Twickenham Stadium, one of the great experiences in all of schoolboy rugby, and the competition is utterly fierce.

 

Quarter Finals

 

RGS Newcastle v Northampton School for Boys – Wednesday, 2pm

 

This pair have three finals between them, RGS Newcastle reaching it in 1994 and 2010, while in 2013 Northampton School for Boys reached the showpiece event. Both will believe they can do so again this year but first they will have to get through this brutally tough quarter final and what will be an equally tough semi final. RGS Newcastle have been fantastic this season, performing well at the St Joseph’s Festival that they won last year and only three sides have beaten them this year, Sedbergh, St Peter’s, and Lancaster RGS. NSB’s record is perhaps even more impressive, only Wellington College have got the better of them and they have stepped up the quality of the fixture list to a level beyond that of previous years. Both sides have been excellent in this Cup run, NSB making a highly challenging Midlands B section look almost simple, while RGS came through North B in style too, proving their mettle in Round 3 too when they came through a really tight game against one of the best around, Barnard Castle. It all suggest an epic quarter final on Wednesday afternoon.

 

Prediction: RGS Newcastle

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Warwick v QEGS Wakefield – Wednesday, 2.15pm

 

Sometimes a draw feels almost inevitable and that is certainly the case when it comes to Warwick and QEGS Wakefield in the Schools Cup, in recent times the have seemed almost inextricably linked. Last year they met in the U15 final, Warwick winning 19-0, in 2018 they met in the U18 final, Warwick winning 29-7, while in the 2017 quarter final Warwick were 13-11 victors. In 2016, meanwhile, they met in the semis at U18 level, QEGS winning, and QEGS also won the U15 final. QEGS claimed the North A title but they will want so much more, they have reached five U18 finals and are yet to win, get past Warwick and they will believe. Perhaps Warwick already believe, how could they not after their nail-biting 13-12 victory over Bromsgrove to seal the Midlands A crown. Should they reach the final it would be a 6th time, and a remarkable 4th in a row. This is truly a game between two legends of this great tournament.

 

Prediction: Warwick

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Sherborne v KCS Wimbledon – Wednesday, 2pm (Live Stream below)

 

Sherborne are a side that must have genuine sights on a true shot at this title after a truly remarkable season to date. Only Millfield and Clifton College have beaten them, two remarkable sides, and in this Cup run Sherborne have been truly outstanding. Each and every side that has come up against them has been swept aside with relative ease. At the quarter final stage though everything changes, the pressure and intensity are all up, and KCS Wimbledon will certainly bring intensity.

This is a huge opportunity for them, they have had to work hard along this running, winning gritty games against St George’s College, Mill Hill, and John Fisher. This Cup run has been the backbone of their season and they will doubtless be eager to use it to extend that season through to next term. The game will also be live streamed, perfectly placed following on the from the Champions Trophy final between Wellington College and Rugby and you can watch it above.

 

Prediction: Sherborne

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Abingdon v Whitgift – Wednesday, 2.30pm

 

The reigning champions head to Abingdon School on Wednesday for what will undoubtedly be their toughest test of this campaign to date. Whitgift breezed through their London & South East B section, conceding just two tries in their four games and never once conceding double figures of points. It reflects a wonderful season so far in which only Sedbergh, Wellington College, and Millfield have beaten them, three of the biggest names in schoolboy rugby. Abingdon meanwhile came through South West B and did so in the face of fierce opposition, particularly from Dauntsey’s, RGS High Wycombe, and a Canford side playing some truly awesome rugby this year. This will be yet another step up for them and yet with every challenge in this tournament they have risen to meet it. Only Sherborne and St Paul’s have got the better of them this season, and it all suggests that we are in for an epic quarter final on Wednesday afternoon.

 

Prediction: Whitgift

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U18 Schools Cup Quarter Final Draw:

 

RGS Newcastle (North B) v Northampton School for Boys (Midlands B) – Wednesday, 2pm

 

Warwick (Midlands A) v QEGS Wakefield (North A) – Wednesday, 2.15pm

 

Sherborne (South West A) v KCS Wimbledon (London & South East A) – Wednesday, 2pm

 

Abingdon (South West B) v Whitgift (London & South East B) – Wednesday, 2.30pm

 

U18 Schools Cup Fixtures & Results:

 

North A

 

Round 1

Stonyhurst College 55-15 Stockport GS

Lancaster RGS 50-0 Ermysted’s GS

Giggleswick 0-32 QEGS Wakefield

Cheadle Hulme 42-7 Bradford GS

Silcoates 3-52 Manchester GS

Wilmslow HS 26-16 Merchant Taylors’, Crosby

King’s Macclesfield 36-21 Calday Grange GS

Wirral GS 50-0 St Mary’s College

 

Round 2

Stonyhurst College 0-32 Lancaster RGS

QEGS Wakefield 13-0 Cheadle Hulme

Manchester GS 17-15 Wilmslow HS

King’s Macclesfield 16-22 Wirral GS

 

Round 3

Lancaster RGS 17-20 QEGS Wakefield

Manchester GS 23-26 Wirral GS

 

Round 4

QEGS Wakefield 35-7 Wirral GS

 

North B

 

Round 1

RGS Newcastle 64-13 Dame Allan’s

Durham v BYE

East Durham College 35-12 Hartlepool 6th form College

Barnard Castle w/o Carmel College

St Peter’s, York 24-22 Grammar School at Leeds

BYE v BYE

Woodhouse Grove 50-0 Prince Henry’s GS

Hymers College 12-40 Pocklington

 

Round 2

RGS Newcastle 43-10 Durham

East Durham 7-61 Barnard Castle

St Peter’s, York v BYE

Woodhouse Grove 34-21 Pocklington

 

Round 3

RGS Newcastle 19-17 Barnard Castle

St Peter’s, York 26-27 Woodhouse Grove

 

Round 4

RGS Newcastle 34-7 Woodhouse Grove

 

Midlands A

 

Round 1

Lymm HS v BYE

Sir John Dean’s 17-37 Ellesmere College

Wrekin College 0-40 Old Swinford Hospital

Bromsgrove 38-7 King’s Worcester

Mount St Mary’s College 42-17 Worksop College

Trent College 12-38 Loughborough GS

Bishop Vesey’s GS 17-23 Solihull

Warwick 24-5 Bloxham

 

Round 2

Lymm HS 51-5 Ellesmere College

Old Swinford 17-26 Bromsgrove

Mount St Mary’s 17-3 Loughborough GS

Solihull 9-19 Warwick

 

Round 3

Lymm HS 0-13 Bromsgrove

Mount St Mary’s 10-13 Warwick

 

Round 4

Bromsgrove 12-13 Warwick

 

Midlands B

 

Round 1

Northampton SfB 45-12 Stowe

Oundle v BYE

Bedford Modern 0-50 Samuel Whitbread Academy

BYE v BYE

Bishop’s Stortford HS 0-34 Felsted

BYE v BYE

Royal Hospital School 10-14 St Joseph’s College

Norwich v BYE

 

Round 2

Northampton SfB 51-3 Oundle

Samuel Whitbread v Bye

Felsted v Bye

St Joseph’s College w/d Norwich

 

Round3

Northampton SfB 36-7 Samuel Whitbread

Felsted 30-26 Norwich

 

Round 4

Northampton School for Boys 34-12 Felsted

 

London & South East A

 

Round 1

Watford GS 17-19 Mill Hill

UCS 29-15 St Benedict’s

KCS Wimbledon 26-19 St George’s College, Weybridge

St Clement Danes v BYE

Tiffin 5-43 Emanuel

Wimbledon College 40-0 ACS Cobham International

John Fisher 21-12 Reed’s

City of London Freemen’s 31-7 Christ’s Hospital

 

Round 2

Mill Hill 28-26 UCS

KCS Wimbledon w/o St Clement Danes

Emanuel 8-25 Wimbledon College

John Fisher 40-5 City of London Freemen’s

 

Round 3

Mill Hill 12-22 KCS Wimbledon

Wimbledon College 17-22 John Fisher

 

Round 4

KCS Wimbledon 32-15 John Fisher

 

London & South East B

 

Round 1

Campion 27-7 Eltham College

Seevic College 61-0 Colfe’s

Whitgift 78-0 St Olave’s GS

Trinity 15-10 Langley Park

Ravens Wood 50-0 Richard Challoner

Judd v BYE

Cardinal Newman 5-50 Simon Langton GS

Sevenoaks v BYE

 

Round 2

Campion 14-19 Seevic College

Whitgift 65-8 Trinity

Ravens Wood 55-12 Judd

Simon Langton 40-0 Sevenoaks

 

Round 3

Seevic College 7-30 Whitgift

Ravens Wood 18-26 Simon Langton

 

Round 4

Whitgift 56-6 Simon Langton

 

South West A

 

Round 1

Dean Close 7-20 Sir Thomas Rich’s

BYE v BYE

Sherborne 45-3 Downside

QEH v BYE

Bridgwater & Taunton College 0-56 Taunton

King’s College, Taunton 28-12 Richard Huish

Ivybridge Community College v BYE

Colston’s v BYE

 

Round 2

Sir Thomas Rich’s v Bye

Sherborne 34-14 QEH

Taunton 50-0 King’s College, Taunton

Ivybridge Community College 25-14 Colston’s

 

Round 3

Sir Thomas Rich’s 10-44 Sherborne

Taunton 48-7 Ivybridge Community College

 

Round 4

Sherborne 53-0 Taunton

 

South West B

 

Round 1

Dauntsey’s 35-21 Marlborough College

Abingdon 45-5 Reading Blue Coat

Pangbourne College 10-47 RGS High Wycombe

Dr Challoner’s GS 7-12 The Crypt

Lord Wandsworth College 18-17 Portsmouth GS

Seaford College w/o East Sussex College

Canford 32-5 Bishop Wordsworth’s

BYE v BYE

 

Round 2

Dauntsey’s 13-15 Abingdon

RGS High Wycombe w/o The Crypt

Lord Wandsworth College 7-60 Seaford College

Canford v Bye

 

Round 3

Abindgon 24-23 RGS High Wycombe

Seaford College 5-41 Canford

 

Round 4

Abingdon 27-21 Canford