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Brighton College v Warwick – U15 NatWest Cup Semi Final – Preview & Prediction

At 17.00 on Sunday at Allianz Park, spectators are going to be treated to an U15 NatWest Cup semi final clash to savour as Brighton College meet Warwick.

These are without any shadow of a doubt two of the strongest sides in the country, between them they have lost just three times this season, and they have both absolutely blasted their way through this Cup competition.

For Warwick this is an opportunity to make history and become the only side apart from the RGS High Wycombe side of 1996 to 1998 to reach three U15 NatWest Schools Cup finals in a row.

RGS won the 1996and 1997 title’s before sharing the 1998 title with QEGS Wakefield. Coincidentally, Warwick’s two finals, in 2013 and 2014, were also against QEGS Wakefield and with both sides once again featuring in the semi finals, it is possible that it could happen for a third time.

That experience, despite the fact that this is a different group of players, should give Warwick great confidence heading into the semi final. They have the past two titles under their belt, a 17-0 win last year and a 12-6 win in 2013, and they have been in stunning form this season.

They have lost just once all season, to that famous Dublin rugby school, Blackrock College, who can claim Brian O’Driscoll as one of their many rugby sons.

In the Cup they have destroyed their field. Getting near or over fifty points in four of their six matches, including a 47-7 victory over Rugby and a 53-3 victory over Solihull.

Indeed their only true test came against the mighty Wellington College, yet Warwick still came away from Wellington with a 14-10, conceding just their third try of the campaign. This is a remarkable team.

Much credit must go to their coaching staff too, to have three successful years in a row, regardless of Sunday’s outcome, is astonishing. This is not like sixth form here you get two years to work with the players, here you get just one.

Brighton College will test Warwick though, for theirs has been an equally good season. They will definitely fancy their chances of knocking out the champions and securing a first trip to Twickenham since they won the U15 Vase back in 2010.

Brighton have lost just twice this season, to St John’s Leatherhead and Trinity, each time defeat has been by just two points, showing that even when the chips are down they still compete.

Their Cup run has been just as impressive as Warwick’s in many ways. Three times they have passed fifty, including their stunning 56-8 quarter final victory over Ivybridge Community College, while a 52-0 win over Portsmouth Grammar School will also turn heads.

Both teams have shown that they have quality and can certainly score plenty of points. Warwick have perhaps, at least statistically, been stronger defensively and have the experience, but Brighton College will not be letting that deter them.

This will be a Cup classic between two of the very best U15 sides in the country.

Brighton College v Warwick – U15 NatWest Cup Semi Final – Sunday 8th March, 17.00, Allianz Park

Stats & Prediction

Route to the Semi Final:

Brighton College

Round 1: Bye

Round 2: Bye

Round 3: 33-10 v Weald

Round 4: 52-0 v Portsmouth Grammar School

Round 5: 27-7 v RGS Guildford

Round 6: 57-12 v Rutlish

Last 16: 27-11 v City of London Freemen’s

Quarter Final: 56-8 v Ivybridge Community College

Warwick

Round 1: Bye

Round 2: Bye

Round 3: 56-0 v Princethorpe College

Round 4: 47-7 v Rugby

Round 5: 53-3 v Solihull

Round 6: 24-0 v Ellesmere College

Last 16: 59-5 v Langley

Quarter Final: 14-10 v Wellington College

2014 NatWest Cup Record:

Brighton College – Round 5

Warwick – Champions

Best Cup Run:

Brighton College – 2010, U15 Vase Runners Up

Warwick – 2014, 2013, U15 Cup Champions

XV Prediction: Warwick. Brighton have been truly outstanding but Warwick are back to back champions and, if anything, have been even better.

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