The quarter final draw for the Schools Champions Trophy was decided at Twickenham Stadium today, with great tension and excitement streaming through from social media channels.
First out of the hat (bowl) were Millfield, 16-14 winners of that epic last 16 tie against Tonbridge. They were drawn against Eton College, who must again make a long away trip following their 39-12 away victory in the last round against the Daily Mail Trophy holders, Woodhouse Grove.
Next up were Barnard Caste, 42-0 victors over Reading Blue Coat in the previous round, and one of the most prestigious rugby schools in the country. Coming out of the draw first will have been a huge boost for them; another long away trip would not have been ideal. As it was, it is their opposition who must do the travelling, Marlborough College, fresh from their 15-11 last 16 victory over Eltham College.
Up next were Oakham School. They fought back brilliantly to beat Bradford Grammar School 22-17 in the previous round and another home tie will sit well with them. What will be less enticing for Oakham is the opposition, Epsom College, one of the favourites to win the competition and a formidable side who won their last 16 tie against Blundellâ€™s 40-7.
That left RGS Guildford and Grammar School at Leeds still in the pot, but who would be at home remained to be seen, either way a long trip was on the cards.
RGS Guildford came out first, meaning that the 41-0 victors over Eastbourne College would host Grammar School at Leeds. GSAL have already shown their ability to travel though, beating a good Bedford side 13-10 away from home in the last round.
There still remained the issue of which game would be streamed live. Millfield v Tonbridge had been such a success that the RFU were determined to get a game streamed in this round too.
Game three was the lucky game, Oakham v Epsom College. One of the great rugby schools of the Schools Cup era against Epsom College, unbeaten at both 1st XV and Colts level last year, and looking formidable again this season.
It looks like a brilliant quarter final draw, with eight strong teams and a good group of potential winners. The geographical spread looks excellent too â€“ fulfilling the aim of the tournament â€“ none of the quarter-final fixtures are games that would ordinarily be on the schedule, making each and every one even more fascinating – the race to Allianz Park continues!
The only question is â€“ who will win? Let us know your answers via @FifteenRugbyXV or through the comment box below!
Schools Champions Trophy Quarter Final Draw:
Millfield v Eton College
Barnard Castle v Marlborough College
Oakham v Epsom College â€“ LIVE STREAM
RGS Guildford v Grammar School at Leeds
Routes to the Quarter Finals:
Last 32: BYE
Last 16: 16-14 v Tonbridge
Last 32: 56-12 v Haileybury
Last 16:39-12 v Woodhouse Grove
Last 32: 49-14 v RGS Lancaster
Last 16: 42-0 v Reading Blue Coat
Last 32: 17-5 v Kingâ€™s College Taunton
Last 16: 15-11 v Eltham College
Last 32: BYE
Last 16: 22-17 v Bradford Grammar School
Last 32: 48-0 v Bishopâ€™s Stortford High School
Last 16: 40-7 v Blundellâ€™s
Last 32: 37-25 v Cranbrook
Last 16: 41-0 v Eastbourne College
Grammar School at Leeds
Last 32: 31-8 v RGS Newcastle
Last 16: 13-10 v Bedford
By Angus Savage
Live Blog from Twickenham Stadium, the quarter final draw for the Schools Champions Trophy.
13.14 – Confirmed Quarter Finals: Millfield v Eton College, Barnard Castle v Marlborough College, Oakham v Epsom College (live) & RGS Guildford v Grammar School at Leeds
13.13 – Haave to say, that’s an exciting draw!
13.09 – And there is a draw for the Live Stream: Oakham v Epsom College
13.07 – RGS Guildford v Grammar School at Leeds – there you go, there’s your Champions Trophy quarter final draw!
13.06 – Oakham v Epsom College – Big big game!
13.05 – Barnard Castle v Marlborough College, another great game, big away trip for Marlborough!
13.04 – Millfield at home v Eton College – what a tie, two of the very best in the competition!
13.03 – Here we go!
13.00 – Draw not going yet, a bit of a delay, all is set though
Looks like we’re being kept waiting, it’s like waiting for a decision on X Factor…1 minute to go…
RFU have big hopes of streaming another game in the quarter finals, what schools would you like to see involved in that?
Tension is building here as the clock ticks down, who do you want to avoid?
So, we’re down to the final 8, here’s what happened in the last 16:
Bedford 10-13 Grammar School at Leeds
Epsom College 40-7 Blundellâ€™s
Millfield 16-14 Tonbridge
Eastbourne College 0-41 RGS Guildford
Eltham College 11-15 Marlborough College
Oakham 22-17 Bradford Grammar School
Reading Blue Coat 0-42 Barnard Castle
Woodhouse Grove 12-38 Eton College