The U18 Schools Plate neared the national stages this week as most of the Regional Finalists were confirmed following some outstanding regional semi finals.
Across the eight different regions, made up of sides that lost out in the first round of the Schools Cup, some fantastic matches took place as teams jostle for their place at Sixways Stadium in March.
Below we take a look at what happened this week and what’s to come next, region by region.
U18 Schools Plate Fixtures/Results:
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 0-47 Bradford GS (Wednesday)
Merchant Taylors’ v St Mary’s College (Saturday)
Bradford GS v Merchant Taylors’/St Mary’s College
Bradford Grammar School are into the North A final after an outstanding 47-0 victory at Ermysted’s Grammar, and at this point they must fancy their chances of being a real contender in this competition, such has been their form. They will find out their North A Regional Final opponents on Saturday, when Merchant Taylors’ host St Mary’s College in the semi final.
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 7-26 Hartlepool 6th form College (Wednesday)
Grammar School at Leeds v Hymers College (Wednesday 20th November)
Hartlepool 6th form College v Grammar School at Leeds/Hymers College
Hartlepool 6th from College caught us out on Wednesday with a seriously impressive 26-7 away win at Dame Allan’s to secure their spot in the North B final. They have a long wait to find out their opponents in that key game though, Grammar School at Leeds are not scheduled to host Hymers College 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)
King’s Worcester v Worksop College/Bloxham
King’s Worcester actually booked their place in the Midlands A final before half term when they defeated Sir John Dean’s 29-5. They will find out their opponents for that game on Wednesday, when the reigning champions, Bloxham, travel to Worksop College.
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)
Stowe/Bedford Modern v Bishop’s Stortford HS/Royal Hospital School
Midlands B has been the quietest of all the sections this week, Stowe and Bedford Modern are yet to confirm the date of their semi final, while Bishop’s Stortford High School and Royal Hospital School will meet on Tuesday.
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 17-48 St George’s College, Weybridge (Wednesday)
Tiffin v Reed’s (Wednesday) – Score TBA (!), Reed’s through
St George’s College, Weybridge v Reed’s
One of Surrey’s great derby games is set to be the regional final in London & South East A as St George’s College Weybridge will host Reed’s, the two met before half term, Reed’s winning 12-5, so expect a close game. St George’s booked their place in the regional final in style on Wednesday, beating Watford Grammar 48-17 away from home, while Reed’s were apparently dominant against Tiffin, though the exact final score is yet to be confirmed.
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 24-46 Langley Park (Wednesday)
Richard Challoner v Cardinal Newman – TBA
Langley Park v Richard Challoner/Cardinal Newman
Langley Park won a try-fest at Eltham College on Wednesday afternoon to secure their passage into the London & South East B final, securing a 46-24 victory. They will face either Richard Challoner or Cardinal Newman, details of their game are thin on the ground at this stage.
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) – Postponed
Richard Huish v BYE
Dean Close/Downside v Richard Huish
Unfortunately Tuesday’s Dean Close v Downside fixture in South West A was postponed, leaving Richard Huish still with a wait to find out their Regional Final hosts after their own semi final bye.
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 22-0 Pangbourne College (Wednesday)
Portsmouth GS 7-40 Bishop Wordsworth’s
Reading Blue Coat v Bishop Wordsworth’s
Before half term Bishop Wordsworth’s booked their place in the South West B Regional Final thanks to a 40-7 victory at Portsmouth Grammar School, and on Wednesday they found out their opponents for it, the very much in form Reading Blue Coat, who secured a result typical of their season against Pangbourne College, winning 22-0.