Dream is still on for Dulwich College

Dulwich College beat KCS Wimbledon in relative comfort to book their place in the Daily Mail Cup quarter finals, in what was another weather affected weekend of rugby on the school scene.

King’s School Macclesfield were scheduled to take on Wirral Grammar School at the same time, but that has had to be put back for the second time and will now be played on Wednesday.

Dulwich’s 19-5 victory seals a home quarter final against Sherborne who, coincidentally, beat Marlborough by the same score in their last 16 game.

Dulwich had every reason to be confident going into the game having beaten KCS 76-24 earlier in the season, but this was a far more settled KCS unit that in the early season.

The game was largely a forwards battle and it came as no surprise that all three of Dulwich’s try’s came from their mighty pack, with Josh Ibuanokpe bagging a brace while Jermey Reason chipped in with a good try of his own, their action over the winter for Harlequins and Saracens clearly paying off.

KCS played well though and had clearly prepared hard for the game, showing good rugby nous and understanding to disrupt the Dulwich driving maul. Their hard work was rewarded with a try for Charlie Williams at the end but it was, unfortunately for them, too little too late.

They can reflect on their progress with a lot of pride though, and take satisfaction from the fact that they gave one of the best sides in the country a real run for their money.

For Dulwich meanwhile, the machine just keeps rolling on, just two games now stand between them and a return to the Twickenham turf and a chance at retaining this most coveted of schoolboy prizes.

Sherborne will be no easy game though, the Dorset side have some fine players and have been in irresistible form since the Christmas break. Their win over Marlborough stands out as one of the top performances of any side this season, while their win in the previous round spoke volumes for the solidarity and determination of this side.

Before attention turns to the quarters though there is the small matter of King’s Macclesfield against Wirral Grammar School, playing for a chance to meet King’s Worcester’s conquerors, Northampton School for Boys.

Macclesfield have been in stunning form so far this season and will start the game as favourites, as other results have shown though, in this Cup the term favourite must be used very carefully indeed.

Last 16 Result: Dulwich College 19-5 KCS Wimbledon

Last 16 Fixture: King’s Macclesfield v Wirral Grammar School

Quarter Finals:

Truro School v Hampton

Wilmslow High v Warwick

Dulwich v Sherborne

Northampton School for Boys v King’s Macclesfield OR Wirral Grammar School

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