NatWest Cup – Round Up & 4th Round Fixtures

The bulk of the NatWest Cup third round was played out this week and there have been some spectacular results, setting up some tantalising fourth round fixtures.


In North A Yarm beat Queen Elizabeth’s College 19-0 to set up a brilliant 4th Round tie with Cup legends Barnard Castle, who progress after a walkover against Emmanuel College.

Another cracker to have been set up is Stockport Grammar School v King’s Macclesfield. Stockport knockout out last year’s surprise package, Wilmslow High, with a 27-17 victory, whilst King’s Macclesfield cast Ashton-under-lyne aside with a 51-8 win.

There were plenty of other impressive results from teams who look ready to go far in this competition; RGS Newcastle beat Gateshead 52-0, while Bradford Grammar School and St Peter’s York both recorded big wins over Ilkley Grammar and Ripon to set up a 4th round face off.

RGS Lancaster also look dangerous after a 44-12 win over QEGS Penrith, while Stonyhurst and Grammar School at Leeds could yet be dark horses, GSAL must negotiate Giggleswick in the next round though.

Also through are Austin Friars and King Edward’s Morpeth, they will face Durham who received a walkover against King’s Tynemouth.

In North B Woodhouse Grove remain the favourites, they bear Crossley Heath 31-22, they face Merchant Taylor’s in the fourth round before a tie against either Manchester Grammar or Ellesmere College in the 5th, Manchester Grammar look particularly dangerous after beating Sandbach 59-10.

Lymm High School face Rydal Penrhos after they both recorded strong victories, while Mount St Mary’s v QEGS Wakefield is a mouth watering tie, particularly given QEGS’ history in the Cup.

Hymers face Bishop Burton after beating John Leggott 67-0, whilst Pocklington and St Anslem’s have also secured their 4th round places.


In Midlands A Stamford smashed Bourne Grammar 55-0 to set up a fourth round tie against Spalding. If they win that then they could set up a local derby against Uppingham in the 5th, though Uppingham must first defeat Loughborough Grammar. They will be confident of that though after a dominant 40-10 win over a decent Nottingham High School side.

Local rivals Warwick and Solihull both progressed after big wins, they face Princethorpe and John Taylor respectively in the 4th round before potentially meeting each other in the 5th round.

Bloxham and Cokethorpe both secured victories to meet in the 4th, Bloxham won a particularly thrilling game at Tring to progress, 38-31 was the final score. Also through are Saffron Walden High School and Bedford Modern, Bedford Modern look in good shape following a 51-0 third round victory.

Midlands B has the tantalising prospect of an Oakham v Oundle 4th Round tie after Oakham beat Trent 14-10, however Oundle must first complete their third round tie against Leicester Grammar to make it a reality.

Adams grammar and Denstone both recorded big wins to set up a 4th round meeting, while King’s Worcester entered the tournament in style to beat KES Birmingham 38-7, the will play King Edward Vi in the 4th round. Their local rivals RGS Worcester have also progressed, they play either Old Swinford Hospital or Windsor High in the next round.

Manu Tuilagi’s old school John Cleveland College are through, as are The Perse who will play last year’s finalists Northampton School for Boys.

Victory over the Youngs brothers old school, Gresham’s, gives Wymondham College a tie against Norwich School next round. The winner of that will face either King’s Grantham or Linclon Minster in the 5th Round.

London & South East

South East A was a headline grabbing section right from the start but in St Benedict’s v London Oratory and Wimbledon College v Hampton they had two of the ties of the 3rd round.

Hampton won 31-0, while St Benedict’s won 56-7, giving the former finalists a 4th round tie against Owen Farrell’s former school, St George’s Harpenden.

The draw is not so kind for Hampton who now face the excellent KCS Wimbledon, who beat Caterham 32-5. The winner of these two ties will face each other in the 5th round.

If Hampton v KCS looks big, then a glance above them in the draw reveals and even bigger one: Whitgift v John Fisher. Both recorded huge 3rd round victories to set up this tie, which is a repeat of their Daily Mail Trophy fixture last week, which Whitgift won by a point, it is set to be a classic Cup fixture.

The winner will play either Lord Wandsworth College or Seaford, Seaford had a particularly big 3rd round tie, beating a strong Worth side 26-19.

Further down the draw former winners Campion set up a 4th Round tie with Seevic after beating Davenant 50-0, whilst St Joseph’s College bear Brentwood 64-10 and play Farlingaye in the next round. Also through are Skinners and Darftord Grammar School, who could meet in the 5th if they win their next games.

South East B holds within it the reigning back to back champions, Dulwich College. Unbeaten last year, they began their campaign this year with a shaky first half against Chiselhurst and Sidcup but recovered well to win 30-7 to set up a 4th round tie against Eltham College, who beat Beths 66-0. The winner of that will likely face Felsted in the 5th round.

Harrow v Haileybury is another exciting looking 4th round tie, it was set up after Harrow received a walkover and Haileybury recorded a 45-0 victory over Haberdashers.

King’s Canterbury will be hoping for further progression after beating Dover Grammar 29-7, setting up a tie against Chatham House, while Judd School and Dame Alice Owen’s School also progressed.

At the bottom of the draw Trinity School won 64-0 to set up a tie against Reigate Grammar, the winners will play either Eastbourne College or RGS Guildford in a tricky section of the draw.

South West

South West A looks a little thin in the results department but 4th round clashes between Plymouth College and Exeter School, Stowe and Aylesbury Grammar, and Dauntsey’s and Sheldon look anything but thin. Truo School, Crypt, North Bristol and St Peter’s Bournemouth are also through.

There are some titans still waiting for their progress to be confirmed though former champions St Peter’s Gloucester and Millfield ought to progress, while Sherborne would be expected to beat Poole Grammar in their 3rd round tie.

South West B has some excellent fixtures already confirmed, Bishop Wordsworth’s and Marlborough bear Peter Symonds and St Bartholomew’s respectively to set up a 4th round tie, the winner will likely face Portsmouth Grammar School in the 5th round.

Reading Blue Coat’s stunned Pangbourne to win 17-13 and set up a fourth round clash against Kennett, win that and they could find themselves facing RGS High Wycombe in the 5th after they beat Dr Challoner’s 56-0 in the 3rd to set up a tie with Windsor Boys.

Dean Close v Sir Thomas Rich’s looks set to be a cracker too, both enjoyed strong wins in the third and the winner of this could face Colston’s in the 5th. The undisputed king’s of Schools Cup rugby beat Backwell 47-10 in the third, setting up a tie with Chew Valley in the next round.

Another spectacular looking fixture in Blundell’s v King’s Taunton, they played each other a few weeks ago and King’s Taunton took the spoils so for Blundell’s this will be a real grudge match. Bicton are the final side through, they await the winner of the Thomas Hardye v Gillingham tie.

There have certainly been some brilliant results, but the prospect of some of the 4th round ties and potential 5th round ties shows just how special the NatWest Cup is.

4th Round Fixtures:

North A

Duchess’ CHS or Newcastle SFB v RGS Newcastle

King Edward’s, Morpeth v Durham

Yarm v Barnard Castle

Bradford GS v St Peter’s York

Austin Friars v RGS Lancaster

Stonyhurst v Bury GS or Rossall

Giggleswick v GSAL

Stockport GS v King’s Macclesfield

North B

St Anselm’s v King William’s or Audenshaw

Rydal Penrhos v Lymm High

Ellesmere v Manchester GS

Merchant Taylors v Woodhouse Grove

Ashville or Hartlepool v Ampleforth or Driffield

Mount St Mary’s v QEGS Wakefield

Pocklington v St James’ or Harrogate GS

Bishop Burton v Hymers

Midlands A

Spalding v Stamford

Uppingham v Loughborough GS

Cedars or Sharnbrook v Bedford Modern

Richard Hale or Leventhorpe v Saffron Walden

Roundwood or Bishop’s Stortford College v Bishop Stortford HS or Beaumont

Bloxham v Cokethorpe

Warwick v Princethorpe

Solihull v John Taylor

Midlands B

Adams Grammar v Denstone

Windsor High or Old Swinford Hosptial v RGS Worcester

King Edward VI v King’s Worcester

Bablake or King Edward VI v John Cleveland

Oakham v Leicester GS or Oundle

Northampton School for Boys v The Perse

Wymondham v Norwich

King’s Grantham v Lincoln Minster

London & South East A

Lord Wandsworth College v Seaford

Whitgift v John Fisher

St Benedicts v St George’s

Hampton v KCS Wimbledon

Campion v Seevic

Farlingaye v St Joseph’s

St Bede’s or Sussex Downs v Skinners

Colfe’s or Langley Park v Dartford GS

London & South East B

Chatham House v King’s Canterbury

Maidstone GS or Simon Langton v Judd

Eltham v Dulwich

Felsted v RGS Colchester or Cooper’s Coburn

Harrow v Haileybury

Dame Alice Owen’s v Watford GS or Verulam

Trinity v Reigate GS

Eastbourne v RGS Guildford

South West A

Plymouth College v Exeter

Torquay Boys or Bodmin v Truro

Gryphon or Richard Huish v Millfield

North Bristol v Wellsway or Beechen Cliff

Crypt v St Peter’s Gloucester or John Cabot or Katherine Lady Berkeley

Stowe v Aylesbury GS

Poole GS or Sherborne v St Peter’s Bournemouth

Dauntsey’s v Sheldon

South West B

Bishop Wordsworth’s v Marlborough

Portmouth GS v Churcher’s or St John’s

Kennet v Reading Blue Coat

RGS High Wycombe v Windsor Boys

Dean Close v Sir Thomas Rich’s

Colston’s v Chew Valley

Blundell’s v King’s Taunton

Bicton v Thomas Hardye or Gillingham

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