- Warwick School advance following epic encounter
- The Perse School win against Oakham in convincing style
Photo: RFU Archive
Warwick School went through to the sixth round of the NatWest Schools Cup in the most dramatic of fashions after drawing with Solihull School 31-31 in the pick of the fifth round Midlands action.
In a truly remarkable match, Warwick overturned a 31-12 deficit with 15 minutes to go to level the scores.
Solihull went in with a healthy 21-7 half-time lead thanks to two tries from scrum half Sam Montierri and one from outstanding number eight Rob Gnyla.
Despite enjoying a similar amount of possession and territory, Warwick could only manage a try through full back William Stride.
Warwick hit back early in the second period with centre Bryn Grantham scoring. But Gnyla scored a magnificent individual try in response, which left Solihull on the brink of a win. The match looked all but over after Warwick number eight Matt Riley was sent to the bin and Solihull centre George Gamlin kicked a penalty to put Solihull 31-12 ahead.
But in a pulsating final quarter, Warwick scored three unanswered tries through Carrick Waldron, Devon Berrington, and Bryn Grantham to snatch a draw. There was confusion at the final whistle until the maths had been completed and Warwick went through on tries scored.
The Perse School continued their fine season with a 34-14 win against Oakham School. The Perse are fast becoming the dark horse that no side wants to meet.
They scored five tries on the day with full back James Knoops and wing Oliver Parker scoring first-half tries, before Bryn Kendrick-Jones, Toby Hackett and Tom Picton Turbervik sealed the win in the second half.
It is the second successive win in a row for The Perse against a side that has played in the final, having beaten Northampton School For Boys in the previous round.
Meanwhile, Stamford School held on for a nervy 14-12 win against Uppingham School on Tuesday.
Cameron Crellin nudged three penalties for the Lincolnshire school, before some quick handling from Jamie Richardson put away Angus Cockett for their only try on the day.
A late intercept try for Oakham couldn’t deny Stamford the win.
Head of Rugby at Stamford School, David Laventure, said: "That was a big test of character for a young side. They know they didn't play to their potential, but it's a Cup game and it's the result that matters. They will go back and work hard to improve those aspects that need work – they have all season to their credit."
In the U15 competition, Warwick School completed an U18 and U15 Cup double as they beat Bromsgrove School 36-11 in a repeat of last year’s epic Cup semi-final, which was also won by Warwick.
There were also good Cup wins for Aylesbury Grammar, Bloxham School, Langley School and Bishop Vesey’s Grammar.
In the Vase competition Nottingham High School recorded a comfortable 43-5 win against Bourne Grammar School. There were also wins for Bishop Vesey’s, Hereford Cathedral, Newcastle Under Lyme and Langley School.
In the U15 Vase competition St Columba’s College, St Peter’s Gloucester, Denstone and Bablake all recorded victories.