Along with the Champions Trophy and Schools Cup, the U18 Schools Plate is also full of action this week as Round 2 kicks off, which is also the regional semi final stage.
The Schools Plate competition is for sides knocked out in the first round of the Schools Cup, meaning that the first round of the Plate is effectively the regional quarter final stage – like the Cup the Plate is split into eight regions and the eight winners are drawn into the national quarter finals.
Below we preview the regional semi finals, region by region:
U18 Schools Plate Fixtures/Results (predictions in bold):
Stockport GS 34-35 Ermysted’s GS
Giggleswick 14-58 Bradford GS
Silcoates 5-60 Merchant Taylors’
Calday Grange GS 7-57 St Mary’s College
Ermysted’s GS v Bradford GS (Wednesday)
Merchant Taylors’ v St Mary’s College (Saturday)
Bradford Grammar School have been in excellent form so far this season and will be hoping for more of the same on Wednesday when they welcome Ermysted’s Grammar, who won a thriller in the previous round. The winner on Wednesday will have to wait until Saturday to find out their regional final opponent though, that is when Merchant Taylors’ host St Mary’s College.
Dame Allan’s v BYE
Hartlepool 6th form College v BYE
Grammar School at Leeds v BYE
Prince Henry’s GS 0-50 Hymers College
Dame Allan’s v Hartlepool 6th form College (Wednesday)
Grammar School at Leeds v Hymers College (Wednesday 20th November)
Round 1 in North B was dominated by plenty of byes, however on Wednesday Round 2 will kick off with Dame Allan’s v Hartlepool 6th form College. We will have to wait for the next game in the section though, Grammar School at Leeds do not host Hymers College, who were the only side to play in Round 1, until Wednesday 20th November.
Sir John Dean’s v BYE
Wrekin College w/d King’s Worcester
Worksop College 31-15 Trent College
Bishop Vesey’s GS 11-30 Bloxham
Sir John Dean’s 5-29 King’s Worcester
Worksop College v Bloxham (Wednesday 13th November)
Midlands A will not see any action this week as King’s Worcester have already secured their place in the regional final thanks to a 29-5 victory at Sir John Dean’s before half term, and Worksop College and Bloxham do not meet until Wednesday 13th. It will be a tricky one for Worksop though, hosting the side that won this competition last year.
Stowe v BYE
Bedford Modern v BYE
Bishop Stortford’s HS v BYE
Royal Hospital School v BYE
Stowe v Bedford Modern – TBA
Bishop’s Stortford HS v Royal Hospital (Tuesday 12th November)
None of the sides in Midlands B had to play a first round fixtures as each had a by, however there are some exciting second round match ups. Stowe and Bedford Modern do not yet have a confirmed date for their game, but on Tuesday 12th November Royal Hospital School will travel to Bishop’s Stortford High School.
London & South East A
Watford GS 31-30 St Benedict’s
St George’s College, Weybridge v BYE
Tiffin 52-5 Cobham International
Reed’s 43-15 Christ’s Hospital
Watford GS v St George’s College, Weybridge (Wednesday)
Tiffin v Reed’s (Wednesday)
Both games in London & South East A take place on Wednesday. Former Schools Bowl winners St George’s Weybridge will be heading to Watford Grammar, who won a thrilling first round game in this competition. The other game meanwhile sees Reed’s travel to Tiffin, both sides enjoyed strong opening wins.
London & South East B
Eltham College 49-12 Colfe’s
St Olave’s GS 14-40 Langley Park
Richard Challoner v BYE
Cardinal Newman v BYE
Eltham College v Langley Park (Wednesday)
Richard Challoner v Cardinal Newman – TBA
Richard Challoner and Cardinal Newman both had first round byes in London & South East B, though their second round game is yet to be confirmed. However on Wednesday Eltham College, who had a strong win over Colfe’s, will be hosting Langley Park, who saw off St Olave’s last round.
South West A
Dean Close v BYE
Downside v BYE
Bridgwater & Taunton College 3-62 Richard Huish
BYE v BYE
Dean Close v Downside (Tuesday)
Richard Huish v BYE
South West A actually kicks the action off this week when a very strong Dean Close host a Downside team that only just missed out against Champions Trophy quarter finalists Blundell’s on Saturday. The winner already knows who they will meet in the regional final, Richard Huish, who have a semi final bye after their opening round 62-3 victory over Bridgwater.
South West B
Marlborough College 15-27 Reading Blue Coat
Pangbourne College 48-10 Dr Challoner’s GS
Portsmouth GS v Bye
Bishop Wordsworth’s v BYE
Reading Blue Coat v Pangbourne College (Wednesday)
Portsmouth GS 7-40 Bishop Wordsworth’s
Bishop Wordsworth’s have already made their way to the regional final, beating Portsmouth Grammar 40-7 prior to the half term break. On Wednesday they will know who they face as the in form Reading Blue Coat host Pangbourne College in what should be a fantastic game.