- Competitive, high-pressure rugby still to come
- "Big hitters" in opposition in the North
With the Daily Mail RBS Schools Cup reaching Round 6 tomorrow and teams now into the last 32 of the nationwide competition, the once-distant dream of an outing on the famous Twickenham turf on Schools Day 2012 is starting to take on a more tangible form.
There is a good deal of competitive, high-pressure rugby still to be played before the April 4 showpiece, but tomorrow’s batch of games in the Under 18 and Under 15 Cup and Vase sections underline that the cream is rising to the top.
Many of the ‘big hitters’ of Northern schools rugby are in opposition in the two Cup competitions and in an unusual number of cases, there are a handful of hopefuls who are still campaigning on two fronts to claim a place at Twickenham.
The decision to make the finals of the two Vase competitions part of the Schools Day jamboree has multiplied the chances of one school getting two teams to that festival of schools rugby and no less than six schools will have two teams with Twickenham ambitions in action tomorrow.
On the Cup front, St Peter’s, York, RGS Newcastle and Lymm High School are still boasting a twin-pronged assault, while Harrogate Grammar School, Crossley Heath from Halifax and Stockport Grammar School have joint interests in the Cup and the Vase.
All are familiar with progress in the Daily Mail RBS, whereas for five schools, the thrill of a run in the competition is a novelty which is sure to be causing a ripple of excitement.
Barnsley Sports Academy and Rossall from Fleetwood are involved in the Under 18 Vase, while Driffield School, Holmes Chapel and Rishworth are also making headway at the first attempt in the Under 15 Vase.
It all adds up to a very exciting programme tomorrow (Wednesday, December 7) if the cold weather relents.
Daily Mail RBS U18 Cup 2011/12
Round 6 (December 7): Woodhouse Grove v Barnard Castle, Merchant Taylors v Wilmslow HS, Lymm HS v Harrogate GS, RGS Newcastle v St Peter’s, York.
Round 5: Birkenhead School 10 Merchant Taylors' Boys School, Crosby 25, East Durham College 0 Barnard Castle School 41, Leeds GS 6 Woodhouse Grove School 36, Lancaster RGS 3 Wilmslow HS 19, QEGS, Wakefield 12 Harrogate GS 17, RGS, Newcastle 20 Durham School 13, St Peter's, York 15 Hymers College 9, King's, Macclesfield 17 Lymm High VC School 50.
Daily Mail RBS U15 Cup
Round 6 (December 7): Crossley Heath v RGS Newcastle, Denstone Coll/Worksop Coll v Lymm HS, Stockport GS v Leeds GS, Durham School v St Peter’s, York.
Round 5: Denstone College 10 Worksop College 10, Kirkham GS 14 Lymm HS 44, RGS Newcastle 34 QEGS, Penrith 7, King's School, Grantham 7 St Peter's, York 13, Wirral GS 3 Stockport GS 38.
Daily Mail RBS Under 18 Vase
Round 3 (December 7): Ermysted’s v Crossley Heath, Ullswater CC v Hartlepool 6FC, Rydal Penrhos v Wirral GS, Rossall v Cheadle Hulme, Stockport GS v Altrincham Boys GS, Barnsley Sp Ac v Rishworth, King’s Tynemouth v Duchess HS, Scarborough Coll v Queen Ethelburgas.
Results: Ermysted's Grammar School 53 Ilkley Grammar School 0, Hutton GS 17 Cheadle Hulme 25, Queen Elizabeth GS, Penrith 19 Hartlepool Sixth Form College 33, Rossall 19 Giggleswick 7, St Anselm's College 27 Rydal Penrhos 31, Crossley Heath w/o St Mary's, Menston, Ullswater CC 13 Macmillan Ac 5, Wirral GS 17 Liverpool Coll 14, Altrincham GS 23 Fallibroome Ac 5, Barnsley Sports Ac 34 King James's, Knaresborough 13, Rishworth School 26 Ripon GS 5, Scarborough Coll 17 Pocklington 15, Stockport GS 42 All Hallows Catholic College 0, King Edward VI, Morpeth 20 Duchess's CHS 23.
Daily Mail RBS U15 Vase
Round Three (December 7): King Edward VI, Morpeth v Harrogate GS, Driffield v Rossett School, Harrogate, Bolton School v Holmes Chapel, St Ambrose v King Edward VI & Queen Mary’s, Lytham.