Northampton School for Boys have perhaps been the surprise package of the tournament so far, but with the quality at their disposal, particularly from centre Rotimi Segun, it should be no surprise to anyone to see them in their first ever Daily Mail Cup Semi Final when they Warwick at Broadstreet RFC on Saturday.
Head Coach â€“ Mark Lee
Captain â€“ Jack Spittle
Star Man â€“ Rotimi Segun
Results so far:
Quarter final â€“ Northampton School for Boys 3-0 The Kingâ€™s School, Macclesfield
Last 16 â€“ Northampton School for Boys 10-8 The Kingâ€™s School, Worcester
Round 5 â€“ Northampton School for Boys 30-17 Oakham
Round 4 â€“ Northampton School for Boys 24-7 Adams Grammar School
Round 3 â€“ Northampton School for Boys v Oundle – Walkover
Round 2 â€“ Northampton School for Boys 50-0 Wellingborough
Round 1 â€“ Northampton School for Boys v Campion School, Northamptonshire – Walkover
2012 Daily Mail Cup Record â€“ Round 4, lost 14-10 for Uppingham
Best Daily Mail Achievement â€“ Under 18 Quarter Finalist 2004, lost 24-6 to RGS Lancaster. Under 15 Semi Finalist in 2009 & 2004, 34-7 to Judd School and 17-12 to Sherborne.
A word from the coach:
XV: Mark, what are your thoughts ahead of the game on Saturday?
Mark Lee: â€œIt should be a good occasion, our boys are really looking forward. They have done incredibly well to be here and to get back to back wins against Kingâ€™s Macclesfield, Kingâ€™s Worcester, Oakham and Adams Grammar is a record any side would be proud of.â€
â€œThe mood in the camp is good – we are pretty much at full strength and also have one or two players returning from long-term injuryâ€
â€œThe school as a whole is excited about Saturday but we are focusing on the team and their preparation – we have come through some tight battles through the rounds and have respect for all the other teams in the last 4.â€
â€œNobody gets to the last 4 of the Daily Mail by luck aloneâ€
â€œThe one plus for us this year is that the vast majority of our boys have stayed on in the sixth form for the first time for years – we were in the semi final at under 15 4 years ago but 5 of that team left after year 11 including 3 later becoming Internationals.â€
Northampton School for Boyâ€™s versus Warwick will be the second of the two semi finals to be played at Broadstreet RFC on Saturday. They will kick off at 1pm after Dulwich v Hampton at 11am.