Anglo-Welsh Cup: Round 4 roundup – Semi Finalists Confirmed

Saracens, Leicester Tigers, Exeter Chiefs, and Harlequins secured their Anglo-Welsh Cup semi final places this weekend.


As always, there were plenty of young players on show across the fixtures, despite so many players being involved in the U20 6 Nations.


Bristol v Exeter Chiefs


Exeter Chiefs secured their semi final spot with a brilliant 35-7 win away at Bristol. The Chiefs included a young half back pairing, with Joe Simmonds at fly half and Jack Maunder, a big part of the England U20 squad, at scrum half. They even had a schoolboy on the bench in the form of Exeter College’s Joe Snow. Bristol also included a schoolboy, Bristol Grammar School’s Tom Rowland, while play off hero, and former Millfield fly half, Callum Sheedy was back.


Cardiff Blues v Worcester Warriors


This was a thrilling game, with the two sharing 91 points between them. Worcester Warriors, with youngsters like Jack Singleton, Biyi Alo, and Andrew Kitchener in the squad, took the spoils with a 53-38 victory. Cardiff included plenty of exciting players, with Harri Millard on the left wing, and the likes of Cory Allen in midfield.


Gloucester v Newport Gwent Dragons.


Gloucester had one of the youngest sides of the weekend, with rising star Mat Protheroe at full back and Lloyd Evans and Elliott Creed at 10 and 12, while former England U20 skipper Callum Braley captained the side from scrum half. That youth paid off as they beat Newport Gwent Dragons 24-13,.


Harlequins v Sale Sharks


Harlequins may have secured a semi final place, interestingly all four semi finalists are the previous four winners of this competition, but they lost this weekend to Sale Sharks, 13-10. Sale included plenty of youth on their bench, with Cameron Neild, George Nott, and Ben Curry all available, while Harlequins included former England U20 star Aaron Morris at full back, with other former U20 Champions, Joe Marchant and Jack Clifford, on the bench.


Newcastle Falcons v Bath


Newcastle Falcons picked a reasonably experienced side and it just paid off as they secured a 16-15 victory over Bath. There was plenty of exciting young talent in the side though, with Zach Kibirige on the right wing, and one of Scotland’s big U20 stars of last year, Andrew Davidson, on the bench. Bath, in contrast, were extremely young, with Adam Hastings at fly half, Max Clark at centre, and last year’s England U20 captain, Jack Walker, at hooker. On the bench, meanwhile, the likes of Darren Atkins, Sam Nixon, and Will Homer were all included.


Northampton Saints v Scarlets


Northampton Saints, in front of the biggest crowd of the round, put in a stunning performance to beat the Scarlets, hitting the half century for a 50-10 win. Saints’ big score was perhaps a symptom of the amount of experience in their side, though they did find room for former St Joseph’s College skipper, Lewis Ludlam, at openside, while Harry Mallinder was at inside centre. Scarlets had a number of yougnsters in their side, including Billy McBryde, son of Robin, at fly half.


Saracens v Leicester Tigers


On Sunday afternoon Saracens beat Leicester Tigers in a thriller, 29-20. As it turns out, both will be in the semi finals, and in fact will play each other in an exact repeat of this fixture. Saracens will head into that full of confidence, the game was in the balance heading towards the close but a wonderful finish from former Millfield star Tom Whiteley, who just signed a senior contract with the club, took his side to safety. It was a young Saracens side, with Matt Gallagher, Nick Tompkins, Nathan Earle, and Henry Taylor all starting alongside Whiteley. Tigers were young too though, including both Thacker brothers, George Worth, George Catchpole, and Oli Bryant.


Wasps v Ospreys


Ospreys secured the sole Welsh victory in this round of the Anglo-Welsh Cup on Sunday, beating Wasps 31-22 at the Ricoh Arena. Their side included former NatWest Cup winner Tom O’Flaherty on the wing, the former Dulwich College star is soon to move to Exeter Chiefs. Wasps meanwhile included Piers O’Conor at full back, Will Stuart at prop and Jack Willis on the flank, while Merchant Taylors’ schoolboy Will Porter was on the bench.


Anglo-Welsh Cup Results:


Bristol 7-35 Exeter Chiefs

Cardiff Blues 38-53 Worcester Warriors

Gloucester 24-13 Newport Gwent Dragons

Harlequins 10-13 Sale Sharks

Newcastle Falcons 16-15 Bath

Northampton Saints 50-10 Scarlets

Saracens 29-20 Leicester Tigers

Wasps 22-31 Ospreys


Anglo-Welsh Cup Semi Final Fixtures:


Saracens v Leicester Tigers

Exeter Chiefs v Harlequins





15 Aaron Morris, 14 Charlie Walker, 13 Matt Hopper, 12 Winston Stanley, 11 Alofa Alofa, 10 Ruaridh Jackson, 9 Charlie Mulchrone, 1 Owen Evans, 2 Rob Buchanan, 3 Adam Jones, 4 George Merrick, 5 James Horwill, 6 George Naoupu, 7 Dave Ward (c), 8 Mat Luamanu.

Replacements: 16 Jack Clifford, 17 Matt Shields, 18 Tyler Gendall, 19 Mark Reddish, 20 Luke Wallace, 21 Luc Jones, 22 Tim Swiel, 23 Joe Marchant.


Sale Sharks

15 Mike Haley, 14 Denny Solomona, 13 Will Addison (c), 12 Mark Jennings, 11 Byron McGuigan, 10 Sam James, 9 Mike Phillips, 1 Ross Harrison, 2 Neil Briggs, 3 Brian Mujati, 4 Bryn Evans, 5 Jonathan Mills, 6 T.J. Ioane, 7 Magnus Lund, 8. Laurence Pearce.

Replacements: 16 Cameron Neild, 17 James Flynn, 18 Kieran Longbottom, 19 George Nott, 20 Ben Curry, 21 Peter Stringer, 22 Dan Mugford, 23 Johnny Leota.


Northampton Saints

15 Ahsee Tuala, 14 Ken Pisi, 13 Nafi Tuitavake, 12 Harry Mallinder, 11 Ben Foden (c), 10 Stephen Myler, 9 Nic Groom, 1 Ethan Waller, 2 Mikey Haywood, 3 Kieran Brookes, 4 Michael Paterson, 5 Christian Day, 6 Jamie Gibson, 7 Lewis Ludlam, 8 Sam Dickinson.

Replacements: 16 James Fish, 17 Alex Waller, 18 Paul Hill, 19 David Ribbans, 20 James Craig, 21 Lee Dickson, 22 Rory Hutchinson, 23 Juan Pablo Estelles.



15 Dion Jones, 14 Tom Williams, 13 Richard Smith, 12 Rhodri Jones, 11 Morgan Griffiths, 10 Billy McBryde, 9 Connor Lloyd, 1 Gethin Robinson, 2 Dafydd Hughes, 3 Simon Gardiner, 4 Josh Helps, 5 Rynier Bernardo, 6 Tom Phillips, 7 Shaun Evans, 8 Morgan Allen (c).

Replacements: 16 Rhys Fawcett, 17 Torin Myhill, 18 Javan Sebastian, 19 Phil Day, 20 Jack Condy, 21 Rhodri Cole, 22 Jack Maynard, 23 Ashley Evans.


Cardiff Blues

15 Aled Summerhill, 14 Teri Gee, 13 Cory Allen, 12 Garyn Smith, 11 Harri Millard, 10 Jarrod Evans, 9 Tomos Williams, 1 Marc Thomas, 2 Kirby Myhill, 3 Taufa’ao Filise, 4 Ben Edwards, 5 James Down, 6 Seb Davies, 7 Jake Thomas, 8 Cam Dolan.

Replacements: 16 Ethan Lewis, 17 Corey Domachowski, 18 Ben Leung, 19 Sion Bennett, 20 James Sheekey, 21 Pele Cowley, 22 Steve Shingler, 23 Gavin Dacey.


Worcester Warriors

15 Josh Adams, 14 Bryce Heem, 13 Wynand Olivier, 12 Jackson Willison, 11 Dean Hammond, 10 Ryan Mills, 9 Francois Hougaard, 1 Val Rapava Ruskin, 2 Jack Singleton, 3 Nick Schonert , 4 Darren Barry, 5 Will Spencer, 6 Chris Vui, 7 Sam Lewis, 8 Dewald Potgieter (c).

Replacements: 16 Jaba Bregvadze, 17 Ryan Bower, 18 Biyi Alo, 19 Andrew Kitchener, 20 Alafoti Faosiliva, 21 Luke Baldwin, 22 Tom Heathcote, 23 Perry Humphreys.



15 Mat Protheroe, 14 David Halaifonua, 13 Henry Trinder, 12 Elliott Creed, 11 Tom Hudson, 10 Lloyd Evans, 9 Callum Braley (c), 1 Cameron Orr, 2 Motu Matu’u, 3 Salesi Ma’afu, 4 Joe Batley, 5 Tom Denton, 6 Sione Kalamafoni, 7 Dan Thomas, 8 Freddie Clarke.

Replacements: 16 Darren Dawidiuk, 17 Yann Thomas, 18 Josh McNulty, 19 Joe Latta, 20 Will Safe, 21 Ben Vellacott, 22 Henry Purdy, 23 Charlie Beckett.


Newport Gwent Dragons

15 Carl Meyer, 14 Adam Hughes, 13 Tyler Morgan, 12 Jack Dixon, 11 Tom Prydie, 10 Dorian Jones, 9 Charlie Davies; 1 Sam Hobbs, 2 Thomas Rhys Thomas (c), 3 Lloyd Fairbrother, 4 Matthew Screech, 5 Ashley Sweet, 6 James Thomas, 7 Nic Cudd, 8 Nick Crosswell.

Replacements: 16 Rhys Buckley, 17 Thomas Davies, 18 Craig Mitchell, 19 Rynard Landman, 20 Robson Blake, 21 Tavis Knoyle, 22 Angus O’Brien, 23 Sam Beard.


Newcastle Falcons

15 Mike Delany, 14 Zach Kibirige, 13 Nick Reynolds, 12 Fred Burdon (c), 11 Sinoti Sinoti, 10 Craig Willis, 9 Michael Young, 1 Adam Brocklebank, 2 Ben Sowrey, 3 Paddy Ryan, 4 Mouritz Botha, 5 Glen Young, 6 Harrison Orr, 7 Tyrone Holmes, 8 Opeti Fonua.

Replacements: 16 David Nelson, 17 Rob Vickers, 18 Andrew Foster, 19 Andrew Davidson, 20 Nili Latu, 21 Sam Egerton, 22 Dan Marshall, 23 Tom Penny.



15 Harry Davies, 14 Jeff Williams, 13 Max Clark, 12 Ben Tapuai, 11 Jack Wilson, 10 Adam Hastings, 9 Chris Cook, 1 Beno Obano, 2 Jack Walker, 3 Shaun Knight, 4 Levi Douglas, 5 Tom Ellis, 6 David Sisi, 7 Guy Mercer (c), 8 David Denton.

Replacements: 16 Michael van Vuuren, 17 Darryl Marfo, 18 Sam Nixon, 19 Elliott Stooke, 20 Paul Grant, 21 Will Homer, 22 Darren Atkins, 23 Tom Homer.



15 Luke Arscott, 14 Jordan Williams, 13 Jack Tovey, 12 Ben Mosses, 11 Charlie Amesbury, 10 Callum Sheedy, 9 Andy Uren, 1 Jamal Ford-Robinson, 2 Marc Jones, 3 James Hall, 4 Joe Joyce, 5 Ian Evans, 6 James Phillips, 7 Nick Koster, 8 Jordan Crane (c).

Replacements: 16 Max Crumpton, 17 Tom Rowland (BGS and Bristol Academy), 18 Alec Clarey, 19 John Hawkins, 20 Sam Jeffries, 21 Martin Roberts, 22 James Newey, 23 Siale Piutau.


Exeter Chiefs

15 Max Bodilly, 14 Olly Woodburn, 13 Ian Whitten, 12 Henry Slade, 11 Lachie Turner, 10 Joe Simmonds, 9 Jack Maunder, 1 Carl Rimmer, 2 Shaun Malton, 3 Greg Holmes, 4 Sam Skinner (c), 5 Damian Welch, 6 Ben White, 7 Julian Salvi, 8 Sam Simmonds.

Replacements: 16 Jack Innard, 17 Moray Low, 18 Harry Williams, 19 Ollie Atkins, 20 Thomas Waldrom, 21 Joe Snow, 22 Will Hooley, 23 Matt Jess.



15 Matt Gallagher, 14 Mike Ellery, 13 Tim Streather (c), 12 Nick Tompkins, 11 Nathan Earle, 10 Tom Whiteley, 9 Henry Taylor, 1 Richard Barrington, 2 Jared Saunders, 3 Petrus Du Plessis, 4 Mark Flanagan, 5 Brian Tuilagi, 6 Kelly Brown, 7 Will Fraser, 8 Samu Vunisa.

Replacements: 16 Scott Spurling, 17 Titi Lamositele, 18 Billy Walker, 19 Hayden Thompson-Stringer, 20 Jackson Wray, 21 Neil De Kock, 22 Dom Morris, 23 Rotimi Segun.


Leicester Tigers

15 George Worth, 14 Peter Betham, 13 Charlie Thacker, 12 Oli Bryant, 11 George Catchpole, 10 Freddie Burns, 9 Sam Harrison, 1 Michele Rizzo, 2 George McGuigan, 3 Pat Cilliers, 4 Harry Wells, 5 Dom Barrow (c), 6 Tom Croft, 7 Harry Thacker, 8 Luke Hamilton.

Replacements: 16 Brendon O’Connor, 17 Riccardo Brugnara, 18 Ben Betts, 19 Joe Maksymiw, 20 Mike Williams, 21 Ben White, 22 Maxime Mermoz, 23 Tom Brady.



15 Piers O’Conor, 14 Alapati Leiua, 13 Brendan Macken, 12 Guy Armitage, 11 Frank Halai, 10 Warren Seals, 9 Craig Hampson, 1 Simon McIntyre, 2 Carlo Festuccia, 3 Will Stuart, 4 Marcus Garratt, 5 Will Rowlands, 6 James Gaskell (c), 7 Jack Willis, 8 Alex Rieder.

Replacements: 16 Adam Kwasnicki, 17 Tom Bristow, 18 Jake Cooper-Woolley, 19 Kearnan Myall, 20 Tom Willis, 21 Will Porter, 22 Nick De Luca, 23 Tom Howe.



15 Dafydd Howells, 14 Jay Baker, 13 Joe Thomas, 12 Jonathan Spratt, 11 Tom O’Flaherty, 10 Luke Price, 9 Matthew Aubrey, 1 Rowan Jenkins, 2 Scott Otten, 3 Rhodri Jones, 4 James Ratti, 5 Adam Beard, 6 Tyler Ardron, 7 Joe Bearman, 8 Rob McCusker (c).

Replacements: 16 Hugh Gustafson, 17 Gareth Thomas, 18 Daniel Suter, 19 Lloyd Ashley, 20 Joe Tomalin-Reeves, 21 Dan Baker, 22 Kieron Fonotia, 23 Hanno Dirksen.

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