U18 Schools Cup: Quarter Final Roundup, Semi Final Draw – Last year’s finalists both through

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After a set of fantastic quarter finals, the four sides that will head to Allianz Park in March for the semi finals are now confirmed.


Whitgift are the reigning champions and their title defence remains on after they made it through to the semis. Joining them in the semi finals are the side they beat in last year’s final, Warwick, who are now just a game away from four finals in a row. Northampton School for Boys are also through, East Midlands side aiming to return to the final for the first time since 2013, meanwhile last year’s U18 Plate finalists, Sherborne, complete this year’s set of semi finalists.


U18 Schools Cup Semi Finals Draw (Wednesday 4th March, Allianz Park):


Northampton School for Boys (Midlands B) v Warwick (Midlands A)

Sherborne (South West A) v Whitgift (London & South East B)

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Quarter Final Roundups


RGS Newcastle 15-22 Northampton School for Boys


It was a red hot atmosphere in the North East with the entire 6th form given the afternoon to watch the game. Both sides arrived with impressive reputations and a huge amount of talent in their ranks. It was the visitors that got off to the better start, perhaps inspired to perform in the face of the vast home support, taking a 12-3 lead at the break though to tries, one converted, to a solitary penalty from RGS, who did have a chance early on to take the lead. The home side rallied early in the second half, skipper Phil Brantingham scoring to close it to 12-10, however NSB responded immediately to stretch out their lead with a converted try followed by a penalty. RGS did score again, but NSB’s excellent defence was able to hold out to take them through to the semi finals, where they will believe they have every chance of a return to Twickenham, such has been the quality of their performances this season.


Warwick 14-8 QEGS Wakefield


For those who have taken an interest in schools rugby in the last four or five years, Warwick v QEGS Wakefield is almost the symbolic game of this competition. Time and time again the two have been drawn together at both U18 and U15 level, and on Wednesday they faced each other in this quarter final. As ever between these two giants of the competition, a tight game ensued, Warwick led just 5-3 at the half. QEGS did score in the second half but reliable work from the tee kept Warwick in front for a 14-8 victory and a place in the semi finals. Should they beat NSB in their semi final it would take them to their fourth final in a row, a feat achieved previously only by Colston’s and Dulwich College.


Sherborne 26-8 KCS Wimbledon


A season on from reaching the Schools Plate final, Sherborne are now into the Schools Cup semi finals after a superb 26-8 victory over KCS Wimbledon. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of this quarter final victory was that it was by far and away Sherborne’s toughest contest in this Cup run, and yet in the end they still emerged as comfortable winners. That is not to knock KCS though, who put up a real fight and made Sherborne work hard for victory, in the end though it was the Dorset side’s ability to be utterly clinical with their chances that made the real difference. It is fitting reward for some superb play this season from Sherborne, however they will have to step up a level again for the semi final, where their opponents will be the reigning champions, Whitgift. Their form so far though suggests that they are as well placed as anyone to lay down a real challenge to Whitgift’s title defence.


Abingdon 31-45 Whitgift


Quarter finals are normally tight, tense, low scoring affairs, but on Wednesday in Oxfordshire that theory was blown out of the water as Abingdon and Whitgift shared a stunning 76 points. The game was full of attacking endeavor, almost the antithesis of the usual quarter final style of game but all the better for it. Abingdon could scarcely have done more, but ultimately the defending champions were in sublime try-scoring form. Little wonder, they have been outstanding all year, breezing through the London & South East B section, while elsewhere only three absolute elite sides, Sedbergh, Wellington College, and Millfield, have got the better of them. They now head to the semi finals against Sherborne where victory would give them a chance to emulate their great sides of 2010 and 2011 by winning back to back titles. Should they do it, a fourth title would make them the second most successful sides in Schools Cup history, moving them clear of Dulwich College and Warwick, three titles behind Colston’s.


Quarter Final Results:


RGS Newcastle (North B) 15-22 Northampton School for Boys (Midlands B)

Warwick (Midlands A) 14-8 QEGS Wakefield (North A)

Sherborne (South West A) 26-8 KCS Wimbledon (London & South East A)

Abingdon (South West B) 31-45 Whitgift (London & South East B)


U18 Schools Cup Regional Results:


North A


Round 1

Stonyhurst College 55-15 Stockport GS

Lancaster RGS 50-0 Ermysted’s GS

Giggleswick 0-32 QEGS Wakefield

Cheadle Hulme 42-7 Bradford GS

Silcoates 3-52 Manchester GS

Wilmslow HS 26-16 Merchant Taylors’, Crosby

King’s Macclesfield 36-21 Calday Grange GS

Wirral GS 50-0 St Mary’s College


Round 2

Stonyhurst College 0-32 Lancaster RGS

QEGS Wakefield 13-0 Cheadle Hulme

Manchester GS 17-15 Wilmslow HS

King’s Macclesfield 16-22 Wirral GS


Round 3

Lancaster RGS 17-20 QEGS Wakefield

Manchester GS 23-26 Wirral GS


Round 4

QEGS Wakefield 35-7 Wirral GS


North B


Round 1

RGS Newcastle 64-13 Dame Allan’s

Durham v BYE

East Durham College 35-12 Hartlepool 6th form College

Barnard Castle w/o Carmel College

St Peter’s, York 24-22 Grammar School at Leeds


Woodhouse Grove 50-0 Prince Henry’s GS

Hymers College 12-40 Pocklington


Round 2

RGS Newcastle 43-10 Durham

East Durham 7-61 Barnard Castle

St Peter’s, York v BYE

Woodhouse Grove 34-21 Pocklington


Round 3

RGS Newcastle 19-17 Barnard Castle

St Peter’s, York 26-27 Woodhouse Grove


Round 4

RGS Newcastle 34-7 Woodhouse Grove


Midlands A


Round 1

Lymm HS v BYE

Sir John Dean’s 17-37 Ellesmere College

Wrekin College 0-40 Old Swinford Hospital

Bromsgrove 38-7 King’s Worcester

Mount St Mary’s College 42-17 Worksop College

Trent College 12-38 Loughborough GS

Bishop Vesey’s GS 17-23 Solihull

Warwick 24-5 Bloxham


Round 2

Lymm HS 51-5 Ellesmere College

Old Swinford 17-26 Bromsgrove

Mount St Mary’s 17-3 Loughborough GS

Solihull 9-19 Warwick


Round 3

Lymm HS 0-13 Bromsgrove

Mount St Mary’s 10-13 Warwick


Round 4

Bromsgrove 12-13 Warwick


Midlands B


Round 1

Northampton SfB 45-12 Stowe

Oundle v BYE

Bedford Modern 0-50 Samuel Whitbread Academy


Bishop’s Stortford HS 0-34 Felsted


Royal Hospital School 10-14 St Joseph’s College

Norwich v BYE


Round 2

Northampton SfB 51-3 Oundle

Samuel Whitbread v Bye

Felsted v Bye

St Joseph’s College w/d Norwich



Northampton SfB 36-7 Samuel Whitbread

Felsted 30-26 Norwich


Round 4

Northampton School for Boys 34-12 Felsted


London & South East A


Round 1

Watford GS 17-19 Mill Hill

UCS 29-15 St Benedict’s

KCS Wimbledon 26-19 St George’s College, Weybridge

St Clement Danes v BYE

Tiffin 5-43 Emanuel

Wimbledon College 40-0 ACS Cobham International

John Fisher 21-12 Reed’s

City of London Freemen’s 31-7 Christ’s Hospital


Round 2

Mill Hill 28-26 UCS

KCS Wimbledon w/o St Clement Danes

Emanuel 8-25 Wimbledon College

John Fisher 40-5 City of London Freemen’s


Round 3

Mill Hill 12-22 KCS Wimbledon

Wimbledon College 17-22 John Fisher


Round 4

KCS Wimbledon 32-15 John Fisher


London & South East B


Round 1

Campion 27-7 Eltham College

Seevic College 61-0 Colfe’s

Whitgift 78-0 St Olave’s GS

Trinity 15-10 Langley Park

Ravens Wood 50-0 Richard Challoner

Judd v BYE

Cardinal Newman 5-50 Simon Langton GS

Sevenoaks v BYE


Round 2

Campion 14-19 Seevic College

Whitgift 65-8 Trinity

Ravens Wood 55-12 Judd

Simon Langton 40-0 Sevenoaks


Round 3

Seevic College 7-30 Whitgift

Ravens Wood 18-26 Simon Langton


Round 4

Whitgift 56-6 Simon Langton


South West A


Round 1

Dean Close 7-20 Sir Thomas Rich’s


Sherborne 45-3 Downside


Bridgwater & Taunton College 0-56 Taunton

King’s College, Taunton 28-12 Richard Huish

Ivybridge Community College v BYE

Colston’s v BYE


Round 2

Sir Thomas Rich’s v Bye

Sherborne 34-14 QEH

Taunton 50-0 King’s College, Taunton

Ivybridge Community College 25-14 Colston’s


Round 3

Sir Thomas Rich’s 10-44 Sherborne

Taunton 48-7 Ivybridge Community College


Round 4

Sherborne 53-0 Taunton


South West B


Round 1

Dauntsey’s 35-21 Marlborough College

Abingdon 45-5 Reading Blue Coat

Pangbourne College 10-47 RGS High Wycombe

Dr Challoner’s GS 7-12 The Crypt

Lord Wandsworth College 18-17 Portsmouth GS

Seaford College w/o East Sussex College

Canford 32-5 Bishop Wordsworth’s



Round 2

Dauntsey’s 13-15 Abingdon

RGS High Wycombe w/o The Crypt

Lord Wandsworth College 7-60 Seaford College

Canford v Bye


Round 3

Abindgon 24-23 RGS High Wycombe

Seaford College 5-41 Canford


Round 4

Abingdon 27-21 Canford

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