Weekend Review: NatWest Cup Update

The NatWest Cup has been bubbling along nicely so far this term, at both U18 and U15 level, and this week the Cup is beginning to go national.


The U18 Cup completed half of its last 16 fixtures this week, and when the competition reaches the quarter final stage in moves from being a regional competition to a full national one.




Bishop Wordsworth’s, Sir Thomas Rich’s, Manchester Grammar, and back to back Champions Bromsgrove have all reached the quarter finals after midweek victories.


Four quarter finalists are yet to be decided. In North B the last 16 tie sees RGS Newcastle visit last year’s finalists, QEGS Wakefield. Warwick, whose team is made up entirely of players who reached the U15 finals, face Oundle in their last 16 tie in Midlands A.


The other two quarter finals will come from the London & South East regions as neither have played their last 16 fixtures yet. London & South East A sees Felsted host 2010 and 2011 champions, Whitgift, while in London & South East B, Whitgift’s big local rivals John Fisher will travel to Judd.


U18 NatWest Cup Last 16 Fixtures/Results:


North A

Manchester GS 27-9 Stockport GS

North B

QEGS Wakefield v RGS Newcastle

Midlands A

Oundle v Warwick

Midlands B

Bromsgrove 25-6 Sandbach

London & South East A

Felsted v Whitgift

London & South East B

Judd v John Fisher

South West A

Bishop Wordsworth’s 41-22 Christ’s Hospital

South West B

Sir Thomas Rich’s 29-15 Exeter School


In the Plate Lymm High School booked their quarter final spot with a win over Cheadle Hulme, 21-12, while Crossley Heath are also through after a 34-0 win at home to Yarm.


In the Midlands Bedford Modern and Hills Road drew in the A group, while in Midlands B the impressive Solihull beat Newcastle-Under-Lyme 43-20.


Both London & South East games are still to be played, Cooper’s Coborn host Caterham and Richard Collyer host Wimbledon College, in South West A Reigate Grammar are still to travel to Downside, but in South West B St Columba’s College have already secured their quarter final place after beating Plymouth College, 27-5.


U18 NatWest Plate Last 16 Fixtures/Results:


North A

Cheadle Hulme 12-21 Lymm HS

North B

Crossley Heath 34-0 Yarm

Midlands A

Hills Road 22-22 Bedford Modern

Midlands B

Solihull 43-20 Newcastle-Under-Lyme

London & South East A

Cooper’s Coborn v Caterham

London & South East B

Richard Collyer v Wimbledon College

South West A

Downside v Reigate GS

South West B

St Columba’s College 27-5 Plymouth College


The Vase is a round behind the Cup and Plate, with most sides still playing their last 32 games. Some are already through to the Last 16 though. Trent College will face Hereford 6th form College in Midlands B after Trent beat King Henry VIII Coventry 39-9 and Hereford beat Queen Mary’s 44-7.


It’s a complete set in London & South East A too, with London Oratory beating Alton College 17-12 and Seevic impressively beating Watford Grammar 31-8.


Sevenoaks are through in London & South West B after a 22-0 win at Chatham and Clarendon. The only other side through are Sheldon in South West B after their 27-12 win away at Poole Grammar.


U18 NatWest Vase Round 4 Fixtures/Results:


North A

QEGS Penrith v Bishop Heber

Audenshaw v Silcoates

North B

Worksop College v Hill House

Harrogate GS v QEH Hexham

Midlands A

Ipswich v The Perse

Samuel Whitbread v Richard Hale

Midlands B

King Henry VIII, Coventry 9-39 Trent College

Hereford 6th form College 44-7 Queen Mary’s GS

London & South East A

Alton College 12-17 London Oratory

Watford GS 8-31 Seevic

London & South East B

St George’s Weybridge v Wallington CGS

Chatham & Clarendon 0-22 Sevenoaks

South West A

Backwell v Katherine Lady Berkeley’s

Taunton v Torquay BGS

South West B

Poole GS 12-27 Sheldon

Royal Latin v Sir William Borlase’s


The Bowl is at the same stage as the Vase. However North B is already at the last 16 stage, with QEH Gainsborough set to play Ponteland after their wins over Lady Manners and Richmond.


It’s a complete set in Midlands A, too. Beaumont beat Bishop Stopford 22-0 and will face Woodbridge after their 33-0 win over King’s Peterborough. Gordon’s are through in London & South East A after a 19-17 victory at home to Saint Cecilia’s.


Bridgwater College took a walkover in South West A, while over in South West B the last 16 tie will be Bournemouth v Lord Williams’ after they beat Corsham and Windsor Boys’.


U18 NatWest Bowl Round 3 Fixtures:


North A

Bolton v South Craven

Ripley St Thomas v Sir John Dean’s

North B

QEH Gainsborough 33-0 Lady Manners

Richmond 15-17 Ponteland HS

Midlands A

Bishop Stopford 0-22 Beaumont

Woodbridge 33-0 King’s Peterborough

Midlands B

Tewkesbury v Old Swinford Hospital

London & South East A

Gordon’s 19-17 Saint Cecilia’s

London & South East B

Cobham International v Worth

Dover GS v St Olave’s GS

South West A

Bridgwater College w/o Kingsley w/d

St Brendan’s v Wycliffe College

South West B

Bournemouth 29-5 Corsham

Lord Williams’s 42-20 Windsor Boys’




The U15 tournament is a little way behind the U18 version, with the competition still largely in the third round. In North B two of the fourth round sides are known though after Durham beat RGS Newcastle 20-13 and Woodhouse Grove beat Grammar School at Leeds 10-7.


It is down to London & South East B for the next sides to have made it through, Trinity, after a 25-7 win at Campion. Judd and Chislehurst & Sidcup drew 12-12. In South West A there was a shock as Taunton knocked out Millfield, 24-12.


U15 NatWest Cup Round 3 Fixtures:


North A

St Edward’s College v Sedbergh

Altrincham GS v RGS Lancaster

Birkenhead v St Ambrose College

Cheadle Hulme v King’s Macclesfield

North B

Durham 20-13 RGS Newcastle

King Edward’s Morpeth v QEGS Wakefield

Grammar School at Leeds 7-10 Woodhouse Grove

St Peter’s York v Hymers College

Midlands A

Warwick v Northampton School for Boys

Denstone College v Old Swinford Hospital

Loughborough v Oakham

Cheltenham College v Bromsgrove

Midlands B

Hitchin Boys v Berkhamsted

Uppingham v Bedford

Spalding GS v Langley

The Perse v St Joseph’s College

London & South East A

Lord Wandsworth College v Churcher’s College

RGS Guildford v City of London Freemen’s

Hampton v Harrow

Whitgift v St John’s Leatherhead

London & South East B

Hurstpierpoint College v Eastbourne College

Campion 7-25 Trinity

Dulwich College v Wimbledon College

Chislehurst & Sidcup GS 12-12 Judd

South West A

Devonport HS v Ivybridge

Taunton 24-12 Millfield

Bristol GS v Sherborne

Bishop Wordsworth v Bryanston

South West B

Clifton College v Dean Close

Chosen Hill v St Peter’s Gloucester

Abingdon v RGS High Wycombe

Wellington College v Marlborough College


The Plate is at the same stage, though with a few more fixtures completed. Lymm High School and Wirral Grammar from North A are both through to round 3 after beating Ullswater and QES Kirkby Lonsdale respectively.


There are two sides through in Midlands A too, Bishop Vesey’s beat Nottingham High School 15-10, while Princethorpe College were 30-19 winners over King Edward VI Camp Hill.


Oundle beat Harlington Upper 50-3 in Midlands B, along with a 29-10 win for King’s Grantham over Gresham’s. In London & South East A it was Oaklands who were on form, beating Licensed Victuallers’ 54-42 in one of the most thrilling games of the entire competition.


It was far tighter in London & South East B as Duke of York’s Royal Military School made it through following a 5-3 win over Sir Joseph Williamson’s. In the South West St Peter’s Bournemouth make it to the next round of the A section, while a 40-7 win for Pangbourne College over Windsor Boys saw them through in South West B.


U15 NatWest Plate Round 2 Fixtures:


North A

Lymm HS 19-12 Ullswater

St Anselm’s College v Wilmslow HS

Stockport GS v Sandbach

Wirral GS 31-12 QES Kirkby Lonsdale

North B

Austin Friars v Dame Allan’s

Mount St Mary’s v Harrogate GS

Ripon GS v South Hunsley

Yarm v Crossley Heath

Midlands A

Bishop Vesey’s 15-10 Nottingham HS

King Edward VI Camp Hill 19-30 Princethorpe College

KES Birmingham v Malvern College

QEGS Ashbourne v Wrekin College

Midlands B

Oundle 50-3 Harlington Upper

St Albans v St Columba’s College

Bishop’s Stortford HS v Saffron Walden

King’s Grantham 29-10 Gresham’s

London & South East A

Howard of Effingham v St George’s College, Weybridge

Licensed Victuallers’ 42-54 Oaklands

St Paul’s v KCS Wimbledon

London & South East B

Langley Park v Emanuel

Seaford College v Shoreham Academy

Sir Joseph Williamson’s 3-5 Duke of York’s RMS

Westcliff HS v Colfe’s

South West A

Beechen Cliff v Canford

Ringwood Academy 10-12 St Peter’s Bournemouth

Truro v Richard Lander

South West B

Magdalen College v Gordon’s

Sir Thomas Rich’s v Pate’s GS

St Bede’s v Marling

Windsor Boys 7-40 Pangbourne College


The Vase is at the same stage, inNorth A Bridgewater and Bishop Heber are both through after wins over Helsby High School at Westwood College respectively. North B has just one of the four sides through so far, Lady Manners, who beat Worksop College 17-12.


Midlands A has two sides through, Welland Park beat Carre’s Grammar 44-22, with Bilton beating Bishop Stopford 19-15, Midlands B meanwhile still has the full set.


Gunnersbury have qualified to the next round in London & South East A, beating John Hampden 14-10. Alongside them will be Rutlish, who enjoyed a huge 62-14 win over Cedars.


There was a big win in London & South East B too, as Skinners’ secured a brilliant 49-0 win over Gravesend Grammar. South West A saw a big win too, Thomas Hardye beat Huish Episcopi 50-7.


Hampshire Collegiate were involved in a thriller in South West B as they moved through to Round 4 after beating QES Wimbourne 46-31.


U15 NatWest Vase Round 3 Fixtures:


North A

Cockermouth v Emmanuel College

Bolton v Castle Rushen

Helsby HS 7-46 Bridgewater HS

Westwood College 20-22 Bishop Heber HS

North B

High Tunstall College v Hull Collegiate

Ashville College v Parkdale

Brighouse v Rodillian

Worksop College 12-17 Lady Manners

Midlands A

King Edward VI Five Ways v KES Aston

Carre’s GS 22-44 Welland Park

Royal Latin v Sir Henry Floyd

Bishop Stopford 15-19 Bilton

Midlands B

Thomas Mills v King’s Peterborough

Parkside Federation v Samuel Whitbread

St Paul’s Milton Keynes v Dr Challoner’s

Parmiter’s v Beaumont

London & South East A

Cardinal Newman v Wallington CGS

The Cedars 14-62 Rutlish

Gunnersbury 14-10 John Hampden

Mill Hill v Harrodian

London & South East B

St Lawrence College v Norton Knatchbull

Skinners’ 49-0 Gravesend GS

King John’s v Hall Mead

Bancroft’s v Woodlands

South West A

Mounts Bay v Penrice

Exmouth v Uffculme

Thomas Hardye 50-7 Huish Episcopi

Chew Valley v Monkton Combe

South West B

Claires Court v Forest

Hampshire Collegiate 46-31 QES Wimbourne

The Castle v Malmesbury

Millbrook v Beaufort Academy


The Bowl has been erratic in terms of fixtures being completed, but a number of teams have now secured their last 16 places. Church Stretton and Liverpool College are both through from North A after beating Holmes and Rydal Penrhos respectively.


In North B Birkdale are through after a 29-5 win over Christ The King, while none are through in Midlands A yet. The same would be true in Midlands B, however Wooton Upper and St Clement Danes have both been given walkovers.


The same is true for Isleworth & Syon in London & South East A, and for Beth’s Grammar in London & South East B. Trinity Catholic School also make it through, they had to play and beat Brampton, 38-0, while Dover Grammar beat Kent College 41-7.


In the South West Woodroffe made it through after winning a 33-27 thriller against Wells Cathedral, while South West B is yet to have anyone through to Round 3.


U15 NatWest Bowl Round 2 Fixtures:


North A

Holmes 12-28 Church Stretton

Netherhall v King’s Priory

Rydal Penrhos 7-45 Liverpool College

West Hill v King William’s College

North B

Birkdale 29-5 Christ The King

Richmond v Pocklington

Whitcliffe Mount College v Silcoates

Midlands A

Chipping Norton v Waddesdon

The Chase v Arden Academy

Uppingham CC v De Lisle

Midlands B

QES Barnet v Sandringham

St Ivo w/d Wooton Upper w/o

Knights Templar w/d St Clement Danes w/o

London & South East A

Dorothy Stringer v Royal Alexandra & Albert

Drayton Manor v Ewell Castle

Hinchley Wood v Great Marlow

Vyners w/d Isleworth & Syon w/o

London & South East B

Beth’s GS w/o Hurtsmere w/d

Brampton 0-38 Trinity Catholic School

Eastbrook v RGS Colchester

Kent College 7-41 Dover GS

South West A

Clevedon v Wellsway

Kingsbridge v Tiverton

Woodroffe 33-27 Wells Cathedral

South West B

Maiden Erlegh v St James

Redland Green v St Laurence

Ryde v Corfe Hills

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