October 31, 2008
The third round of the Daily Mail Under 18s Cup pits two big college and county rivals against each other.
The 2005 Cup winners Exeter College will take on Truro College on Wednesday, November 12 for a place in the fourth round. Both sides are fierce competitors, inflamed by the rugby rivalry between Devon and Cornwall.
Exeter's Head of Rugby John Hill said: "This is going to be a massive game for both teams. We both have aspirations to go far in this competition, but both colleges' also know that this round is key."
Exeter booked their place in the third round with wins over Torquay Boys' Grammar School (5-55) and Tavistock College (26-3) while Truro have inflicted a 42-0 win over Redruth School and Technology College and a 24-7 victory over Newquay Tretherras School.
The two sides have also met each other already this season. Then the match went in Truro's favour, but Hill is confident history won't be repeating itself later this month.
"We played Truro at the beginning of the season and lost by 20 points, but that was our first game of the season and since then we have moved on a long way. I know this time around we can be a lot more competitive and that's why I think this will be a really exciting game.
"We have got a pretty strong bunch of first year lads this season, many of whom have come from local schools and have played county standard rugby. They have gelled together well and I can't see why we can't win this tournament. Most importantly though for us is that we can't take our eye off the ball for this game."
Daily Mail Under 18s Cup Round 3 (to be played on Nov 12th): Truro School v Plymouth College, Exeter College v Truro College, Taunton School v Exeter School, Sheldon School v Filton College, Backwell School v Colston's School, Pate's Grammar School v Tewkesbury School, Richmond-Upon-Thames College v Henley College, RGS, High Wycombe v Aylesbury Grammar School.
Daily Mail Under 18s Cup Round 2: Truro School 24 Newquay Tretherras School 7, Bodmin College 0 Plymouth College 50, Tavistock College 3 Exeter College 26, Exmouth Community College Truro College wo, Taunton School 19 Bridgwater College 0, Kings College Taunton 20 Exeter School 20, Downside School 11 Sheldon School 25, Filton College 51 Beechen Cliff School 5, Churchill Community College 10
Backwell School 22, Ashton Park Comprehensive School Colston's School wo, Cheltenham Bournside School 8 Pate's Grammar School 11, Tewkesbury School 36 Farmors School 19, Richmond-Upon-Thames College wo Dr Challoner's Grammar School, John Hampden Grammar School 5 Henley College 12, RGS, High Wycombe wo St Paul's Catholic School, Milton Keynes, Royal Latin School 19 Aylesbury Grammar School 28, Bloxham School wo D'overbroeck's College, Stowe School 36 Magdalen College School 20, Reading Blue Coat School 57 Leighton Park School 14, Wellington College v The Licensed Victualler's School, St Peters Catholic High School & Sixth Form Centre, Gloucester 33 Sir Thomas Richs School 0, Beaufort School 15 Crypt Grammar School 55, Marling School 3 Wycliffe College 27, Katharine Lady Berkeley's School 15 St Brendan's College 15, Poole Grammar School 7 Bishop Wordsworth's School 36, Gillingham School 10 Corfe Hills School 27, Queen Elizabeth School Wimbourne 20 Yeovil College
7, Milton Abbey School 15 Richard Huish College 0, Forest School 20 St Bartholomews School 17, Dauntsey's School 27 St John's School & Community College 3, Abingdon School 50 Marlborough School 0, Burford School 15 St Edward's School 7.
DENE MAGNA BREAK NEW GROUND
Gloucestershire's Dene Magna School are celebrating having reached unchartered territory in the Daily Mail Under 15s Cup.
The Forest of Dean School have never before reached the fourth round of the junior cup competition, and now they have the chance to go one step further and book their place in the fifth round if they can defeat Castle School, Thornbury.
PE Teacher Paul Griffiths said: "We are really chuffed to be here. This is the furthest we have ever got in the cup competition. We have had a tough couple of games, especially against Churchdown School and Cotswold School. Considering the size of those schools, we were not expected to win but the boys showed tremendous determination and did."
Dene Magna are also one of a small handful of schools who have progressed through three rounds of games, with most schools entering the tournament in round two.
Griffiths added: "It has been hard, but we've really enjoyed it. We know the competition gets tougher from here as you get out of the Forest of Dean area, but it is something we are looking forward to.
"We have got a good blend of talent in this squad, but we have four key players who are all of county standard, some of which are even playing above their age group. Two of them are in the pack and the other two are backs and they are the key to holding this team together.
"Castle School are a side we know very little about. They are out of our area so we don't play them, but it is a new challenge we will relish."
Daily Mail Under 15s Round 4 (to be played on Nov 12th): Clifton College v Crypt School, St Peters High School Gloucester v Sir Thomas Richs School, Magdalen College School v Wellington College, Pangbourne College v Bloxham School, Sherbourne School v Thomas Hardye School, Woodroffe School v Wellington School, Somerset, Colston's School v Clevedon Community School, Kingsmead Community School v Torquay Boys' Grammar School, Ivybridge Community College v Tavistock College, St Ives School v Penair School, Corsham School v Marlborough College, Gryphon School v Millfield School, Aylesbury Grammar School v Abingdon School, Desborough School v RGS High Wycombe, Castle School Thornbury v Dene Magna School, Chosen Hill School v Pates Grammar School.
Daily Mail Under 15s Round 3: Bristol Grammar School 12 Clifton College 19, St Edwards, Cheltenham 22 Crypt School 31, Tewkesbury School 0 St Peters High School Gloucester 50, Severn Vale School 22 Sir Thomas Richs School 36, Magdalen College School 17 Ousedale School 10, Licensed Victuallers School 0 Wellington College 50, Lord Williams College 10 Pangbourne College 31, Bloxham School 56 Kennet School 0, Poole High School 12 Sherbourne School 42, Thomas Hardye School 34 Gillingham School 0, Woodroffe School 25 Crispin School 5, Wellington School, Somerset 19 Taunton School 0, Colston's School 38 Downside School 0, Beechen Cliff School 7 Clevedon Community School 17, Kingsmead Community School 53 Great Torrington School 5, Exeter School 22 Torquay Boys' Grammar School 24, St Peter's High School, Exeter 10 Ivybridge Community College 31, Tavistock College 24 Plymouth College 3, Mullion School 0 St Ives School 47,Truro School 0 Penair School 39, Corsham School 25 Bishop Wordsworth School 19, Sheldon School 7 Marlborough College 40, Gryphon School 13 Canford School 0, Millfield School 50 Backwell School 0, Aylesbury Grammar School 54 Warriner School 0, Abingdon School 52 Waddesdon C of E School 0, Dr Challoners Grammar School 0 Desborough School 14, RGS High Wycombe 56 St Bartholomews School 6, Mangotsfield School 0 Castle School Thornbury 30, Dene Magna School 17 Cotswold School 14, Marling School 12 Chosen Hill School 47, Pates Grammar School 25 Rednock School 8.