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 Elizabethâ€™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 Kingâ€™s Macclesfield. Stockport knockout out last yearâ€™s surprise package, Wilmslow High, with a 27-17 victory, whilst Kingâ€™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 Peterâ€™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 Edwardâ€™s Morpeth, they will face Durham who received a walkover against Kingâ€™s Tynemouth.
In North B Woodhouse Grove remain the favourites, they bear Crossley Heath 31-22, they face Merchant Taylorâ€™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 Maryâ€™s v QEGS Wakefield is a mouth watering tie, particularly given QEGSâ€™ history in the Cup.
Hymers face Bishop Burton after beating John Leggott 67-0, whilst Pocklington and St Anslemâ€™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 Kingâ€™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 Tuilagiâ€™s old school John Cleveland College are through, as are The Perse who will play last yearâ€™s finalists Northampton School for Boys.
Victory over the Youngs brothers old school, Greshamâ€™s, gives Wymondham College a tie against Norwich School next round. The winner of that will face either Kingâ€™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 Benedictâ€™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 Benedictâ€™s won 56-7, giving the former finalists a 4th round tie against Owen Farrellâ€™s former school, St Georgeâ€™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 Josephâ€™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.
Kingâ€™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 Owenâ€™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 A looks a little thin in the results department but 4th round clashes between Plymouth College and Exeter School, Stowe and Aylesbury Grammar, and Dauntseyâ€™s and Sheldon look anything but thin. Truo School, Crypt, North Bristol and St Peterâ€™s Bournemouth are also through.
There are some titans still waiting for their progress to be confirmed though former champions St Peterâ€™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 Wordsworthâ€™s and Marlborough bear Peter Symonds and St Bartholomewâ€™s respectively to set up a 4th round tie, the winner will likely face Portsmouth Grammar School in the 5th round.
Reading Blue Coatâ€™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 Challonerâ€™s 56-0 in the 3rd to set up a tie with Windsor Boys.
Dean Close v Sir Thomas Richâ€™s looks set to be a cracker too, both enjoyed strong wins in the third and the winner of this could face Colstonâ€™s in the 5th. The undisputed kingâ€™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 Blundellâ€™s v Kingâ€™s Taunton, they played each other a few weeks ago and Kingâ€™s Taunton took the spoils so for Blundellâ€™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:
Duchessâ€™ CHS or Newcastle SFB v RGS Newcastle
King Edwardâ€™s, Morpeth v Durham
Yarm v Barnard Castle
Bradford GS v St Peterâ€™s York
Austin Friars v RGS Lancaster
Stonyhurst v Bury GS or Rossall
Giggleswick v GSAL
Stockport GS v Kingâ€™s Macclesfield
St Anselmâ€™s v King Williamâ€™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 Maryâ€™s v QEGS Wakefield
Pocklington v St Jamesâ€™ or Harrogate GS
Bishop Burton v Hymers
Spalding v Stamford
Uppingham v Loughborough GS
Cedars or Sharnbrook v Bedford Modern
Richard Hale or Leventhorpe v Saffron Walden
Roundwood or Bishopâ€™s Stortford College v Bishop Stortford HS or Beaumont
Bloxham v Cokethorpe
Warwick v Princethorpe
Solihull v John Taylor
Adams Grammar v Denstone
Windsor High or Old Swinford Hosptial v RGS Worcester
King Edward VI v Kingâ€™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
Kingâ€™s Grantham v Lincoln Minster
London & South East A
Lord Wandsworth College v Seaford
Whitgift v John Fisher
St Benedicts v St Georgeâ€™s
Hampton v KCS Wimbledon
Campion v Seevic
Farlingaye v St Josephâ€™s
St Bedeâ€™s or Sussex Downs v Skinners
Colfeâ€™s or Langley Park v Dartford GS
London & South East B
Chatham House v Kingâ€™s Canterbury
Maidstone GS or Simon Langton v Judd
Eltham v Dulwich
Felsted v RGS Colchester or Cooperâ€™s Coburn
Harrow v Haileybury
Dame Alice Owenâ€™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 Peterâ€™s Gloucester or John Cabot or Katherine Lady Berkeley
Stowe v Aylesbury GS
Poole GS or Sherborne v St Peterâ€™s Bournemouth
Dauntseyâ€™s v Sheldon
South West B
Bishop Wordsworthâ€™s v Marlborough
Portmouth GS v Churcherâ€™s or St Johnâ€™s
Kennet v Reading Blue Coat
RGS High Wycombe v Windsor Boys
Dean Close v Sir Thomas Richâ€™s
Colstonâ€™s v Chew Valley
Blundellâ€™s v Kingâ€™s Taunton
Bicton v Thomas Hardye or Gillingham