NatWest Cup: Two more book their semi final places

Wednesday saw the final two U18 NatWest Cup quarter finals of the term take place.

 

Felsted had already booked their place in the semi finals after their famous 21-16 win away at Manchester Grammar School a couple of weeks ago.

 

That left three semi finalists to be decided, though the third of those will not be known until after Christmas when Bishop Wordsworth’s host the Judd, but Wednesday saw the other two quarter finals decided.

 

The back to back Champions, Bromsgrove, were hosting Sir Thomas Rich’s, who had run one of the best teams in the country, Clifton College, close a week ago.

 

A tough and passionate game ensued, but Bromsgrove sealed the win 28-13 and are now just a game away from a third final in a row and a shot at equaling Dulwich College’s stunning three titles in a row.

 

Wednesday’s other quarter final saw Warwick and QEGS Wakefield pitted together. These two groups of players have been inextricably linked in this competition through their school careers.

 

They met in three U15 finals in a row, 2013, 2014, and 2015, with Warwick winning the first two and QEGS the 2015 edition. Both teams are now full of players from those U15 teams, as they were last year when QEGS reached the final, only to fall to the magnificent Bromsgrove.

 

This year it was Warwick who came out on top, edging a narrow and incredibly tough game of rugby by a slim 13-11 margin.

 

We therefore have three very exciting semi finalists, Felsted, who have gone further than ever before in the competition, Bromsgrove, who chase three in a row and a shot at schools rugby immortality, and Warwick, the 2007 champions and a team of U15 winners.

 

Joining them will be either Bishop Wordsworth’s, who were in the first ever U18 Schools Cup final, and Judd School, who like Felsted are as far in this competition as they have ever been.

 

There are going to be some hugely exciting games at Allianz Park on Saturday 4th March!

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