Schools Rugby: Midweek Roundup – Schools Cup, Plate, Vase, and Bowl regional finals take shape

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The Schools Cup, Plate, Vase and Bowl all saw plenty of action this week in what was, in most cases, Regional Semi Final week.

The Cup and Vase have been progressing nicely, though the Plate and Bowl are a little unwieldy due to a lack of available information about the competition structure, though the Plate at least looks to be taking decent shape.

Across all four competitions though, there was some fantastic rugby this week and the Regional Final line ups are almost all decided now, with some mouth-watering ties coming up!

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Schools Cup (Regional Semi Finals Results)

North A

Kirkham Grammar 43-13 Manchester Grammar

Altrincham Grammar 20-25 Cheadle Hulme

Kirkham Grammar School and Cheadle Hulme will meet in the regional final after Cheadle Hulme won an incredibly close game away at Altrincham Grammar, 25-20. Kirkham Grammar meanwhile blew Manchester Grammar away, 43-13 and have serious ambitions on going all the way in this tournament. They will be incredibly determined against Cheadle Hulme in the Regional Final.

North B

Barnard Castle 45-10 St Peter’s, York

Woodhouse Grove v Bye

Barnard Castle booked their place in the Regional Final with an utterly sublime 45-10 performance against St Peter’s York on Wednesday. They will now host Woodhouse Grove, whom they lost to away from home on our live stream at the start of the season. It was an incredibly close game though and this should be a blockbuster Regional Final. 

Midlands A

Warwick 10-13 Rugby

Oakham 45-12 Moulton College

Midlands A saw one of the most dominant sides in recent Cup history, Warwick, just edged out by the ever impressive Rugby School, who won 13-10 away from home. Rugby could go very far in this competition, but first they will have to overcome a strong Oakham side in the Regional Final, who were very clinical in the closing stages to beat Moulton College, a former ACE side, 45-12, turning a closer game into quite a dominant scoreline by the end. Their regional final should be a real classic.

Midlands B

Bedford v Royal Hospital School (Tuesday 16th)

Felsted v Bye

Midlands B has some waiting to do, Felsted have a bye to the regional final and will play either Bedford or Royal Hospital School, who meet on Tuesday.

London & South East A

Harrow 13-8 St Benedict’s

Hampton 14-7 Dulwich College

London & South East A was so tight on Wednesday as four class sides took to the field. Harrow progressed to the Regional Final but were given a real test by St Benedict’s, eventually winning 13-8 but they will need to step up a level again in order to make the quarter finals because they will be facing a strong Hampton side. Hampton progressed after a titanic tussle with Dulwich College, who seem to be getting tougher and tougher as the year goes on but could not hold off Hampton, who won 14-7, setting up a brilliant Regional Final.

London & South East B

Trinity 35-16 Epsom College

St John’s Leatherhead 0-19 Whitgift

London & South East B might just have the most enticing Regional Final of the lot, a Croydon derby as this hugely impressive Trinity School side will host Whitgift. Trinity put in a brilliant display on Tuesday to beat a very strong Epsom College side 35-16, and you can read all about it here: Trinity 35-16 Epsom College. On Wednesday they discovered it would be Whitgift that they would face after the 2010, 2011, and 2019 champions, who also reached the 2020 final before Covid got in the way, travelled to St John’s Leatherhead for their first game of the competition and won 19-0. 

South West A

Ivybridge Community College v Sherborne (Wednesday 17th)

Canford v Bye

South West A is as it was at the start of the week, Ivybridge and Sherborne meet next week and the winner will face Canford in the Regional Final.

South West B

Monmouth 14-8 Bromsgrove

Berkhamsted v Seaford College (Wednesday 17th)

Tuesday saw Monmouth get back to winning ways with a tight 14-8 victory over former champions Bromsgrove to send themselves into the Regional Final. There they will meet either Berkhamsted or Seaford College, two top sides, who meet on Wednesday night.

Schools Plate (Regional Semi Finals)

North A

Stonyhurst College w/o Rydal Penrhos

Stockport Grammar 24-8 Merchant Taylors’

Stonyhurst College ended up with a walkover to send them through to the regional final. They will meet Stockport Grammar, who put in a brilliant performance on Wednesday to beat Merchant Taylors’ 24-8.

North B

Hartlepool 6th from College/Hymers College (TBC) v Thomas Rotherham

Grammar School at Leeds v Bye

North B is one of those unwieldy Plate section, Thomas Rotherham ought to play either Hartlepool 6th form College or Hymers College at some point. What is known is that Grammar School at Leeds have a place in the Regional Final.

Midlands A

Ellesmere College/KES Aston (TBC) v Stowe

Bedford Modern/Uppingham (TBC) v Bye

Midlands A has almost no information available, although rumour has it that Stowe have in fact already secured their place in the national quarter-final stage, with the other sides in the group having withdrawn. That remains to be confirmed.

Midlands B

Norwich v Finborough (Tuesday 16th)

Campion v Bye

Norwich and Finborough meet on Tuesday, and the winner will face Campion in the Regional Final, who have had a semi final bye.

London & South East A

Davenant v Latymer Upper (TBC)

KCS Wimbledon 20-3 Langley Park (Wednesday)

KCS Wimbledon’s aims to claim this Plate trophy continued in style on Wednesday with a fantastic 20-3 defeat of Langley Park. They will play either Davenant Foundation or Latymer Upper in the Regional Final, their semi final is yet to be confirmed.

London & South East B

Wimbledon College 16-10 John Fisher v Christ’s Hospital

ACS Cobham International/Caterham v Bye

London & South East B is a bit behind schedule, but on Wednesday Wimbledon College booked their regional semi final spot against Christ’s Hospital after a superbly well contested 16-10 victory over John Fisher. Cobham International School and Caterham are yet to play their game, but they have time to spare as the winner has a bye straight to the regional final.

South West A

Bodmin College/Queen College, Taunton v Colston’s

Marlborough College v Bye

South West A is also behind schedule, Marlborough College are already in the regional final but have some waiting to do for an opponent. Colston’s are in the semi final but must wait for a result from the Bodmin College v Queen’s College Taunton game in order to have an opponent.

South West B

Malvern College 0-21 King’s Worcester

Henley College 27-14 RGS Guildford

Tuesday saw King’s Worcester book their place in the regional final with a very strong 21-0 victory away at King’s Worcester. They will be facing former ACE side Henley College, who played superbly for a 27-14 victory at home against RGS Guildford.

Schools Vase (Regional Semi Finals)

North A

Ermysted’s Grammar 0-10 Wirral Grammar

Lymm High v St Anselm’s College (TBC)

Wirral Grammar are into the Regional Final in North A after they beat Ermysted’s Grammar 10-0 away from home in a dogged performance. They will face either Lymm High School or St Anselm’s College, whose result is yet to be confirmed.

North B

Dame Allan’s 38-43 Harrogate Grammar

Mount St Mary’s College v Trent College (Wednesday 17th)

Harrogate Grammar extraordinary form continues and in thrilling style in the North B regional semi final as they won a high scoring contest at Dame Allan’s 43-38. They will face either Mount St Mary’s College or Trent College, who meet on Wednesday.

Midlands A

Bishop Vesey’s Grammar v Coventry College (Wednesday 17th)

Oundle 25-10 Wellingborough v The Perse

Midlands A is a tad behind, on Tuesday Oundle progressed to the regional semi final, where the will face The Perse, thanks to a 25-10 victory over a good Wellingborough side. The other semi final takes place on Wednesday, when Bishop Vesey’s host Coventry College.

Midlands B

Ipswich 24-15 Bishop’s Stortford High 

St Columba’s College v Aylesbury Grammar (Wednesday 17th)

Midlands B’s action took pace on Thursday when the impressive Ipswich School 1st XV beat Bishop’s Stortford High School 24-15. They will face either St Columba’s College or Aylesbury Grammar in the regional final, who meet on Wednesday.

London & South East A

Mill Hill 33-15 Farnborough 6th form College 

Tiffin 10-29 Wallington County Grammar

Mill Hill and Wallington County Grammar will meet in the London & South East A regional final after both enjoyed wins on Wednesday. Mill Hill beat Farnborough 33-15, while Wallington County Grammar won 29-10 away at Tiffin.

London & South East B

Skinners’ v Brentwood (Wednesday 17th)

Sutton Valence 36-7 Simon Langton Grammar

Sutton Valence, so impressive all season, extended their unbeaten season with a 36-7 defeat of Simon Langton Grammar on Wednesday, booking their place in the Regional Final. They will face either Skinners’ or Brentwood, who meet on Wednesday.

South West A

Truro 24-12 Richard Huish (Wednesday)

Bristol Grammar 19-13 The Crypt (Wednesday)

Truro moved into the section final with a 24-12 defeat of Richard Huish on Wednesday. They will be hosting Bristol Grammar, who won a really tight game against the in form The Crypt School, 19-13.

South West B

Dauntsey’s 10-14 Reading Blue Coat (Wednesday)

Churcher’s College 5-7 Bryanston (Thursday)

Reading Blue Coat, who are part of tonight’s live stream, won 14-10 at Dauntsey’s on Wednesday to reach the South West B regional final. On Thursday they discovered that it will be Bryanston that they host, who won an even closer game, beating Churcher’s College 7-5 away from home.

Schools Bowl

Wilmslow High 19-0 Wrekin College (North A, Round 3)

Hill House 3-54 Nottingham High (North B, Round 2)

RGS Colchester 51-0 Roundwood Park (Midlands B, Round 3)

Verulam 32-0 Tring (Midlands B, Round 3)

Haberdashers’ 0-15 Glyn (LSE A, Round 3)

Eastbourne College 22-3 Chislehurst & Sidcup (LSE B, Round 3)

Gravesend Grammar 31-6 St Lawrence College (LSE B, Round 3)

Backwell 5-24 Wycliffe College (South West A, Round 2)

West Buckland 29-0 Bridgewater & Taunton College (South West A, Round 3)

Lord Wandsworth College 22-19 Brockenhurst College (South West B, Round 3)

Wilmslow High are into the Regional Final in North A thanks to a 19-0 victory over Wrekin College, while in North B Nottingham High School make the regional semi finals with a stunning 54-3 victory away from home at Hill House.

In Midlands B the regional final will be RGS Colchester v Verulam after both enjoyed dominant victories, RGS Colchester beating Roundwood Park by a stunning 51-0 margin, while Verulam beat Tring 32-0.

Glyn are in the London & South East A regional final after a 15-0 win at Haberdashers’, meanwhile in London & South East B the regional final will be Eastbourne College v Gravesend Grammar. Eastbourne beat Chislehurst & Sidcup 22-3, while Gravesend Grammar beat St Lawrence College 31-6.

In the South West, West Buckland are in the A section regional final after a 29-0 win over Bridgewater & Taunton, they could meet Wycliffe College, who enjoyed a 24-5 victory at Backwell to reach the regional semi final. Over in the B section, Lord Wandsworth College booked their regional final berth with a tight 22-19 victory at home to Brockenhurst College.

Non-Knockout Fixtures

There was plenty of good rugby outside of the knockout competitions, too. On Wednesday Aylesbury Grammar won 34-18 at John Hampden Grammar, with Sir William Borlase’s winning a tight one v Royal Latin 8-3, and Langley Park’s 2nd XV also winning a low scoring one, 5-0 at St Dunstan’s.

Elsewhere, Eltham College sealed a 17-12 victory at Hayes, while Reigate College beat Royal Alexandra & Albert 39-3 away from home and Colfe’s were similarly good away from home, beating The Cedars 34-5. Meanwhile St James’ did one for the home sides with a 42-12 defeat of Ranelagh, similarly Leighton Park, who beat Reading Blue Coat’s 2nd XV 29-7, and Windsor Boys’, who beat Holyport 31-7.

Halliford continue to look unbelievably impressive. Their latest victim was Claires Court, who they beat 31-18. Meanwhile Dr Challoner’s Grammar won a close one against Watford Grammar, 14-10, while South Bromsgrove beat King Edward’s 28-7, and KES Five Ways beat KES Aston 31-0.

Yarm won a tight one against Ampleforth’s 2nd XV 22-21, while Kirkham Grammar’s 2nd XV were sensational in a 45-12 defeat of Austin Friars. Sir Thomas Rich’s looked really impressive on Wednesday, beating Beechen Cliff’s 2nd XV 35-14.

In Wales Christ College were again brilliant, beating Bassaleg 44-12, while St David’s beat St Mary’s 27-12, joue being the order of the day. Meanwhile on Thursday Cathedral School Llandaff were brilliant again, beating Clifton high School by a stunning 45-7 margin. Over in Scotland, Hutchesons’ Grammar beat St Aloysius’ College 22-20.

Wednesday 10th November

Austin Friars 12-45 Kirkham Grammar 3rd XV

Christ College 44-12 Bassaleg

Dr Challoner’s Grammar 14-10 Watford Grammar

Halliford 31-18 Claires Court

Hayes 12-17 Eltham College

Hutchesons’ Grammar 22-20 St Aloysius’ College

John Hampden Grammar 18-34 Aylesbury Grammar

KES Five Ways 31-0 KES Aston

Leighton Park 29-7 Reading Blue Coat 2nd XV

Royal Alexandra & Albert 3-39 Reigate College

Sir Thomas Rich’s 35-14 Beechen Cliff 2nd XV

Sir William Borlase’s Grammar 8-3 Royal Latin

South Bromsgrove 28-7 King Edward VI, Stourbridge

St Dunstan’s College 0-5 Langley Park 2nd XV

St James 42-12 Ranelagh

St Mary’s 12-27 St David’s

The Cedars 5-34 Colfe’s

Windsor Boys 31-7 Holyport

Yarm 22-21 Ampleforth College 2nd XV

Thursday 11th November

Cathedral School, Llandaff 45-7 Clifton High

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