Schools Rugby Midweek Preview: Last Cup quarter finalists to be decided

This week sees some key fixtures, with the Champions Trophy and NatWest Cup both featuring highly.

 

This week also sees the quarter final draws for both the U18 NatWest Cup and U18 NatWest Plate take place, it will be live on the England Rugby Facebook Page, with Alex Corbisiero making the draw.

 

Tuesday

 

In addition to the live draw on Tuesday, there is also a Live Stream of the Champions Trophy semi final between Oakham and Tonbridge. The two sides are battling for the right to face Bedford in the final at Allianz Park on Friday 2nd December. You can vote for who you think will win that semi final here: Champions Trophy Update.

 

In the NatWest Cup there is a last 16 tie between Felsted and the 2010 and 2011 Champions, Whitgift. Whitgift are one of the strongest sides in the competition this year, but Felsted will be up for it and will not make it easy.

 

In the Vase Worksop College host Hill House. Outside of the Cup there are a number of interesting fixtures too, with Eastbourne College v Seaford College particularly standing out, while Bishop’s Stortford College v The Leys ought to be another good game.

 

Wednesday

 

Wednesday will see two more NatWest Cup quarter finalists confirmed. In the North last year’s finalists QEGS Wakefield host RGS Newcastle for what should be a classic encounter between two giants of the competition. The other big last 16 tie sees John Fisher, always a force in this competition, host Judd, who are enjoying a fantastic season and might fancy an upset.

 

The Plate sees three big games, Downside host Reigate Grammar School in what should be a fantastic game of rugby. Caterham are also involved in an exciting looking game as they host Cooper’s Coborn, while Wimbledon College travel to Richard Collyer.

 

In the NatWest Vase St George’s Weybridge hosts Wallington County Grammar, while in the Bowl Worth play Cobham International, and St Olave’s travel to Dover Grammar. Sandringham meanwhile host Westcliff High School.

 

Wednesday also sees some enormous games outside of the Cup, with Sedbergh v Kirkham Grammar perhaps the biggest of the lot, indeed perhaps the biggest of the entire season. Both sides are once again among the best in the entire country, as they were last year when Kirkham won. Sedbergh will be determined to turn that result around this year, but Kirkham will be equally determined to continue to prove their strength, all of which adds up to a superb schools rugby fixture.

 

Cranleigh are hosting Glyn, while there is a huge game in the Middlesex Cup as Hampton host St Benedict’s. There is a big local derby as Hampshire Collegiate travel to Lord Wandsworth College, while Hayes are at home to Sutton Grammar.

 

Thursday

 

Thursday sees the last of the last 16 games take place in the NatWest Cup as Oundle, semi finalists in 2015, host Warwick, one of the favourites for the competition with their side of U15 champions and finalists.

 

There is a huge derby in Oxford as Radley College, looking to recover from defeat in their other derby to Abingdon on Saturday, host St Edward’s Oxford. Elsewhere Dean Close host Monmouth and Sutton Valence travel to Emanuel.

 

In Bath KES Bath look to continue their fine season as they host King’s Bruton, while up in Scotland Merchiston Castle host Stewart’s Melville. Monkton Combe host Sexey’s, while Bryanston have a huge fixture against the AASE side who toppled the mighty Hartpury College, Beechen Cliff.

 

Friday

 

There are two big games on Friday night, Denstone College, victorious this weekend against Stamford, are in action against St Joseph’s College, who also picked up a win at the weekend.

 

Merchant Taylors’ will play on a Friday night for the second week in a row, they were huge winners against Shiplake College last Friday and will hope for more of the same against Haberdashers’ this week.

 

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Schools Rugby Midweek Fixtures (predictions in bold):

 

Tuesday

 

Bishop’s Stortford College v The Leys

Eastbourne College v Seaford College

Felsted v Whitgift – NatWest Cup

Oakham v Tonbridge – Champions Trophy

Wellingborough v Akeley Wood

Worksop College v Hill House – NatWest Vase

 

Wednesday

 

Caterham v Cooper’s Coborn – NatWest Plate

Christ’s Hospital v Tiffin

Cokethorpe v Crypt

Cranleigh v Glyn

Dover GS v St Olave’s – NatWest Bowl

Downside v Reigate GS – NatWest Plate

Hampton v St Benedict’s

Harrogate GS v Ashville College

Hartlepool 6th form College v Queen Ethelburga’s

Hayes v Sutton GS

Henley College v Pangbourne College

Hymers College v Hill House

John Fisher v Judd – NatWest Cup

Lord Wandsworth College v Hampshire Collegiate

Princethorpe College v KES Aston

QEGS Wakefield v RGS Newcastle – NatWest Cup

Richard Collyer v Wimbledon College – NatWest Plate

Royal Alexandra & Albert v Harris Academy

Sandringham v Westcliff HS – NatWest Bowl

Sedbergh v Kirkham GS

St George’s College, Weybridge v Wallington CGS – NatWest Vase

Stockport GS v Wirral GS

UCS v Bancroft’s

Watford GS v Dr Challoner’s

Worth v Cobham International – NatWest Bowl

Wrekin College v Shrewsbury 6th form College

 

Thursday

 

Bryanston v Beechen Cliff

Dean Close v Monmouth

Emanuel v Sutton Valence

KES Bath v King’s Bruton

Merchiston Castle v Stewart’s Melville

Monkton Combe v Sexey’s

Oundle v Warwick – NatWest Cup

Radley College v St Edward’s Oxford

 

Friday

 

Denstone College v St Joseph’s College

Merchant Taylors’ v Haberdashers’

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