A stunning win for Felsted over the 2010 and 2011 champions, Whitgift, saw Felsted reach the quarter finals of the NatWest Cup on Tuesday.
The 10-8 victory sees Felsted travel to Manchester Grammar School for their quarter final. The game took place just a couple of hours after the draw for the U18 NatWest Cup and NatWest Plate quarter finals was made, a draw that threw up some fascinating fixtures.
The holders, Bromsgrove, are chasing their third title in a row and were handed a home fixture as the draw was made. They face a Sir Thomas Rich’s side who have shown themselves to be very capable this year, and that should make for an excellent quarter final fixture, but one that the champions will hope to be able to negotiate and secure a place at Allianz Park for the semi finals from.
On Thursday Warwick beat Oundle 13-11, setting up potentially the tie of the round against QEGS Wakefield, who beat RGS Newcastle on Wednesday. QEGS were finalists last year and have a side made up of players who have either won the U15 Cup on been runners up in it. The same is true of Warwick, QEGS and Warwick played in three U15 finals in a row, 2013, 2014, and 2015, so this is a potentially huge game.
Another of Wednesday’s games was Judd v John Fisher, Judd are a side that have been punching right up with the big boys this season, while John Fisher are a side that are always right up there. Judd took the win, securing a home quarter final where they will see one of the sides that we at Fifteen Rugby have touted as real dark horses for this competition all season, Bishop Wordsworth’s, in another game that should be a thriller.
The final quarter final was finalised on Tuesday after that stunning victory for Feslted. The Essex school will travel to the north west to face Manchester Grammar School, another side who have really impressed this season.
NatWest Cup Quarter Finals
Judd v Bishop Wordsworth’s
Bromsgrove v Sir Thomas Rich’s
Warwick v QEGS Wakefield
Manchester Grammar v Felsted
The U18 NatWest Plate quarter finals were also drawn yesterday and look equally fascinating. First out of the hat were 2015 NatWest Cup quarter finalists, Lymm High School, they were drawn against the winners of Wednesday’s game between Caterham and Cooper’s Coborn. Caterham were the favourites, but Cooper’s Coborn took that game by storm or the victory.
Solihull are at home in quarter final 2, the Midlands side have been in fine form in the Plate this year and were drawn against the winner of another of Wednesday’s games, Richard Collyer v Wimbledon College. It was a tight encounter but Wimbledon College came through, 10-7.
Also taking place on Wednesday was Downside v Reigate Grammar School. A tight game was expected, but Reigate destroyed that theory with a stunning 42-3 victory, securing a home quarter final against St Columba’s College.
The final quarter final was the only fully confirmed quarter final of the section when the draw was made. It sees Cambridge’s Hills Road 6th form College host a very good Crossley Heath side.
NatWest Plate Quarter Finals
Lymm High School v Cooper’s Coborn
Solihull v Wimbledon College
Reigate Grammar v St Columba’s College
Hills Road v Crossley Heath