A wonderfully old fashioned day of wet, windy, and muddy rugby saw some huge results come in as the NatWest Cup kicked back into action with the last 16 round.
The action had actually all started on Monday afternoon as Truro School secured the their name in the quarter final draw with a 15-8 win over former Champions, St Peter’s Gloucester.
Wednesday afternoon saw the bulk of the action though, with six of the eight last 16 games taking place.
Fifteen Rugby travelled to RGS High Wycombe to watch the Cup legends put in a superb display of wet weather rugby to see off a strong Stowe side 14-0, you can see our report here: RGS High Wycombe v Stowe.
Whilst that was going on, the RFU’s ‘Trail to Twickenham’ Live Stream took in Whitgift v St Joseph’s College, a repeat of last year’s game at the same stage, which was won by St Joseph’s.
St Joseph’s looked like they might do it again this year as they took an 8-0 lead, but the 2010 and 2011 champion, Whitgift, fought back superbly to win 11-8.
One of the most anticipated games of the day was that of 2014 finalists Warwick against 2015 semi finalists Oundle. Warwick’s side is made up of two yeargroups who each won the U15 Cup, and that experience shone through as they put in a stunning display to beat a very strong Oundle side 32-7.
The side that Warwick beat in those two U15 finals was QEGS Wakefield, and they too showed that Cup experience has kept them strong as they beat an impressive St Peter’s York side 18-0, away from home.
The biggest scoreline of the day by some margin came as 2013 semi-finalists, Hampton, beat Simon Langton by a staggering 46-0 margin. A result that will have plenty of teams looking to avoid them in Friday’s quarter final draw.
The final game of the day saw another of last year’s semi finalists, Wilmslow High School, beat a strong Woodhosue Grove side 29-5. Once again Wilmslow continue to impress year on year in this competition.
It leaves just one last 16 tie to be played, as Bedford Modern host 2015 Champions Bromsgrove next week. Before then though, the quarter final draw will be made on Friday at noon, a draw that will be live streamed by the RFU and will also include the semi final draw.
It has not just been the Cup this week though, the Vase has also seen some action, as Cooper’s Coborn, Altrincham Grammar School, and Pangbourne College all followed St Ambrose College into the quarter final draw.
Elsewhere, outside of the NatWest competitions, Austin Friars beat Kirkbie Kendal and Cheadle Hulme beat Sale Grammar.
There is still more midweek rugby to come, with two NatWest Vase fixtures due to take place on Thursday as the Leys host Bloxham and St George’s Weybridge travel to Ipswich.
If the week so far is anything to go by, they should be a brilliant pair of games!
Schools Rugby Midweek Results:
Austin Friars 38-0 Kirkbie Kendal
Caterham 5-20 Coopers Coborn (NatWest Vase)
Cheadle Hulme 34-14 Sale GS
Crossley Heath 15-22 Altrincham GS (NatWest Vase)
Pangbourne College 20-13 Cokethorpe (NatWest Vase)
RGS High Wycombe 14-0 Stowe (NatWest Cup) – See report here
Simon Langton GS 0-46 Hampton (NatWest Cup)
St Ambrose College 21-20 Yarm (NatWest Vase)
St Peter’s York 0-18 QEGS Wakefield (NatWest Cup)
Truro 15-8 St Peter’s, Gloucester (NatWest Cup)
Warwick 32-7 Oundle (NatWest Cup)
Whitgift 11-8 St Joseph’s College (NatWest Cup)
Wilmslow HS 29-5 Woodhouse Grove (NatWest Cup)
Still to Come
Bristol GS v Sir Thomas Rich’s
Northampton School for Boys v Hereford 6th form College (NatWest Vase)
Downside v Plymouth College (NatWest Vase)
Ipswich v St George’s College, Weybridge (NatWest Vase)
The Leys v Bloxham (NatWest Vase)