Schools Rugby Midweek Preview: NatWest Cup quarter finals set to take place

As the term starts to draw to a close, indeed it has already in a rugby sense for some, this midweek is slightly quieter than usual.

 

Quieter, perhaps, but with some massive games and some absolutely crucial Cup ties too. This is a midweek of schools rugby not to be missed.

 

Tuesday

 

The action starts on Tuesday, though Bishop Wordsworth’s did win a friendly over Australian touring side Ipswich Grammar, 52-15. On Tuesday Canford face Seaford College in a massive Daily Mail Trophy encounter. A win could help Canford edge towards a place in the Top 10 at the end of the season, but Seaford will be no pushovers and will be desperate for a good result themselves.

 

Wednesday

 

Much of the focus on Wednesday will be on the two NatWest Cup quarter finals. Warwick host last year’s finalists, QEGS Wakefield, in what is a repeat of three U15 finals in a row from 2013, 2014, and 2015, of which both sides current 1st XVs are made up of the players from.

 

The back to back champions are also in action. Bromsgrove host Sir Thomas Rich’s in what should be another classic. Bromsgrove are in strong form and desperately want that third title, while Sir Thomas Rich’s gave Clifton, one of the best in the country a really close game on Saturday.

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St George’s College Weybridge host Sevenoaks in a rescheduled Vase game after last week’s was postponed, while in the Bowl Bridgwater travel to Wycliffe College and Gordon’s host Sandringham.

 

Outside of the Cup there is one of the biggest games in schoolboy rugby as Sedbergh host Millfield. These are two of the most famous rugby schools in the country and this game is a particularly important one with both sides in need of a win to make sure that they secure high finishes in the Daily Mail Trophy table.

 

There are a couple of games between school sides and AASE Colleges as St Joseph’s College face fellow Northampton Saints satellite Moulton College and QES Kirkby Lonsdale face Myerscough College.

 

Kirkham Grammar School are flying high in the Daily Mail Trophy and will hope to extend their number of points away at Cokethorpe on Wednesday, however they are unlikely to climb too much higher due to the low opposition bonus that they will receive.

 

One of the biggest games of the day will be Berkhamsted against the newly crowned Champions Trophy champions, Tonbridge. On form Tonbridge will win, the question for them will be if they can get back up again after the emotional high of Saturday.

 

Elsewhere Ampleforth College host Hill House and QEGS Penrith travel to Austin Friars, while Bablake welcome KES Five Ways.

 

Bishop Heber host Fallibroome, while Hayes face a tricky game away at the Blackheath Academy.

 

There is an Anglo-Welsh clash in the form of Christ College Brecon v The Oratory, and an Anglo-Scots clash as Durham welcome Edinburgh Academy.

 

Bishop’s Stortford College welcome Norwich, who beat NatWest Cup semi finalists Felsted on Saturday. Eltham College will want to bounce back from defeat to St John’s on Friday night as they host St Olave’s, while The Crypt welcome Katharine Lady Berkeley’s.

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Saturday was a tough day for Oakham as they fell heavily to Warwick, they will look to recover fast with a strong win over Langley on Wednesday, while Trinity will hope to do the same against Skinners’ after their loss to Epsom College meanwhile while Oakwood Park travel to St Dunstan’s.

 

There is also action in the Hertfordshire County Cup as Haileybury and St Albans meet at Allianz Park for what is sure to be a spectacular occasion.

 

Thursday

 

Thursday is much quieter but there are a couple of cracking fixtures. Rugby School are unbeaten this season and climbing high in the Daily Mail Trophy. They play their last game on Thursday, a tough one at home to King’s Macclesfield, and will be desperate to win and secure an unbeaten season and a high final place in the table.

 

Thursday also sees Pangbourne College make the trip to St Edward’s Oxford for what should be another excellent game of rugby.

 

Friday

 

There is plenty of action on Friday, Kirkham Grammar School are in action for the second time in the week as they face AASE high flyers Beechen Cliff.

 

Windsor Boys and Emanuel meet for what should be a close game, while Worksop College and King William’s College are also in action.

 

UCS have been in stunning form this season and will look to yet another fantastic result as they meet Mill Hill.

 

There is a big game elsewhere in London too as KCS Wimbledon host Reed’s. Reed’s had a good win over Shiplake on Saturday, while KCS lost to RGS Guildford and will be looking to bounce back.

 

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Schools Rugby Midweek Fixtures (predictions in bold):

 

Tuesday

 

Canford v Seaford College

 

Wednesday

 

Ampleforth College v Hill House

Austin Friars v QEGS Penrith

Bablake v KES Five Ways

Berkhamsted v Tonbridge

Bishop Heber v Fallibroome

Bishop’s Stortford College v Norwich

Blackheath Academy v Hayes

Bromsgrove v Sir Thomas Rich’s – NatWest Cup

Christ College Brecon v The Oratory

Cokethorpe v Kirkham GS

Crypt v Katharine Lady Berkeley’s

Durham v Edinburgh Academy

Myerscough College v QES Kirkby Lonsdale

Eltham College v St Olave’s GS

Gordon’s v Sandringham (NatWest Bowl)

Haileybury v St Albans

Oakham v Langley

Sedbergh v Millfield

St Dunstan’s v Oakwood Park

St George’s College, Weybridge v Sevenoaks (NatWest Vase)

St Joseph’s College v Moulton College

Trinity v Skinners’

Warwick v QEGS Wakefield – NatWest Cup

Wycliffe College v Bridgwater (NatWest Bowl)

 

Thursday

 

Rugby v King’s Macclesfield

St Edward’s, Oxford v Pangbourne College

 

Friday

 

Beechen Cliff v Kirkham GS

Emanuel v Windsor Boys

KCS Wimbledon v Reed’s

Mill Hill v UCS

Worksop College v King William’s College

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