NatWest Cup & Vase quarter final draw yields exciting match-ups

The U18 & U15 NatWest Schools Cup & Vase quarter final draws have been made, and with them the semi final draws.

A number of last 16 ties are yet to be decided but that makes the quarter final draw no less exciting.

U18 Cup

In the U18 Cup all eyes on Twitter seemed immediately to be drawn to quarter final 4, between the triple Champions, Dulwich College, and Hampton, who yesterday shocked Monmouth.

Dulwich beat Hampton in the 2013 semi final on their way to their second title, but lost to the South West London side earlier this season, making this one a mouth watering tie.

The winner of that game will play quarter final three in the semi final (across all four competitions QF1 v QF2 & QF3 v QF4 are the semi final formats). That quarter final will be between the winner of St Joseph’s College and Whitgift, played on Wednesday night, and Wilmslow High School, who put in a stunning performance yesterday against St Peter’s York.

Wilmslow and St Joseph’s have never won the title but both look very threatening this season, while Whitgift were the last team before Dulwich to lift the title, winning in 2010 and 2011.

First out of the hat were Oundle School, who stunned King’s Worcester in the very first last 16 tie to be decided, winning 50-12. They host Lymm High School, who were also in the quarter finals last year, and who beat Hymers College 32-15 yesterday.

The winner of that game will play the winner over Bromsgrove or Stamford v Dauntsey’s in the semi final. Dauntsey’s U6th won the U15 Vase three years ago and they have looked sharp this year, surpriseing many with a 13-11 win over Sherborne on Tuesday.

Bromsgrove and Stamford are two formidable teams, Bromsgrove have beaten top schools this season, while Stamford are unbeaten. Should Stamford win v Bromsgrove the home tie will have them smiling, they have not lost at home for over four years.

U15 Cup

In the U15s Cup all eyes were on the back to back champions, Warwick. They were drawn in quarter final two, away to the winner of Wellington College (winners in 2008) or Canford – arguably the toughest quarter final.

The winner of that will play the winner of quarter final one, between Brighton College and Ivybridge Community College, another high class contest.

Dulwich College could be in the quarter finals for both the U18s and U15s, however they must beat Harrow in a last 16 tie to make that stat happen. Either way, for the winner it will be a tough home game against QEGS Wakefield that follows.

Finally in the U15s, Northampton School for Boys, u18 finalists in 2013, host Wirral Grammar School, with the winner facing the winner of Dulwich/Harrow v QEGS Wakefield in the semi final.

U18 Vase

The U18 Vase has just one fully confirmed line-up, Stockport Grammar School v Welbeck in quarter final one, the other three all have last 16 ties remaining to be played.

Quarter final two will see St George’s College, Weybridge, of Anthony Watson fame, travel to either Seevic College or Hurstpierpoint College.

Quarter final three will see KES Aston, who beat Spalding 74-5 in their last 16 tie, travel to either Sheldon or West Buckland.

Quarter final four remains very much up in the air. What is for sure is that Churcher’s College are at home, but their opponent may take a while to emerge. Cheadle Hulme are one possible opponent, they are in the last 16, but they must wait for the result of Harrogate Grammar v Silcoates to discover their last 16 opponent.

U15 Vase

St George’s College are also in the U15 Vase, or they will be should they beat Simon Langton. The winner of that will then host two time U18 Cup winners, Oakham.

Stockport Grammar play Hill House in the U15 Vase last 16 today, the winner of that will travel to Bishop Wordsworth’s for the second quarter final.

Quarter final three is all ready to go, it will be between RGS Newcastle and Felsted, a nasty looking away trip for the Essex side.

They will play the winner of quarter final 4 in the semi final. Sherborne are the away side in quarter final, and they will be hosted by the winner of Bishop Vesey’s v St Columba’s College.

Who do you think will reach the NatWest semi finals and what do you think of the draw? Let us know what you think via @FifteenRugbyXV or via the comment box below.

Quarter Final Draw (Semi Finals are QF1 v QF2 & QF3 v QF4 across all competitions):

U18 NatWest Cup Quarter Finals:

1 Oundle v Lymm High School

2 Bromsgrove/Stamford v Dauntsey’s

3 St Joseph’s College/Whitgift v Wilmslow High School

4 Dulwich College v Hampton

U15 NatWest Cup Quarter Finals:

1 Brighton College v Ivybridge Community College

2 Wellington College/Canford v Warwick

3 Dulwich College/Harrow v QEGS Wakefield

4 Northampton School for Boys v Wirral Grammar School

U18 NatWest Vase Quarter Finals:

1 Stockport Grammar School v Welbeck

2 Seevic College/Hurstierpoint College v St George’s College, Weybridge

3 Sheldon/West Buckland v KES Aston

4 Churcher’s College v Harrogate Grammar School/Silcoates or Cheadle Hulme

U15 NatWest Vase Quarter Finals:

1 Simon Langton/St George’s College, Weybridge v Oakham

2 Bishop Wordsworth’s v Stockport GS/Hill House

3 RGS Newcastle v Felsted

4 Bishop Vesey’s GS/St Columba’s College v Sherborne

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