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NatWest Schools Cup: Round 6 South West review

18 December 2013

  • Bicton College pull off dramatic injury time wins against Sir Thomas Rich’s Grammar School
  • King's College, Taunton bow out of this year’s competition
Bicton College v Sir Thomas Rich's Grammar School

Photo: RFU Archive

The sixth round of the NatWest Schools Cup is always an exciting occasion, with teams looking to secure their place in the last 16 before the Christmas break. The South West draw saw Stowe School take on Sherborne, Sir Thomas Rich's Grammar School met Bicton College while RGS High Wycombe travelled to Marlborough College.

Stowe School battled to a hard fought 21-7 win over Sherborne School in Buckinghamshire. The home side took an early 3-0 lead before Sherborne hit back through a Richie Galloway try. The right winger hit a switch line before coasting through the considerable gap in the Stowe defence, beating the full back and stretching over for the score. A Will Homer conversation made it 3-7 before Stowe hit back almost immediately. Prop Jack Strong barged over from close range following a series of drives around the fringes of the breakdown, to give an 8-7 half-time scoreline.

Stowe took the game away from Sherborne during a 10-minute blitz in the second half, with full back George Silk getting over the try line following a strong surge down the right wing from centre Rotimi Segun. Silk followed this up shortly after with a penalty to extend Stowe’s lead to 16-7 before wing Drew Todd went over for the score. At 21-7 Sherborne threw everything they could at Stowe, spearheaded by scrum half turned fly half Will Homer, but it wasn’t enough as the Buckinghamshire School’s defence stood firm.

Elsewhere in the Cup, Bicton College pulled off the most dramatic of wins as full back George Toomey scored deep into injury time to send Sir Thomas Rich’s Grammar School crashing out. The travelling side registered the first points of the match through a try from England U16 powerhouse Josh Caulfield. Sir Thomas Rich’s hit back first with a Ross Preedy penalty followed up quickly with tries from centre Callum Dean, who sliced through the Bicton defence, and prop Liam Jenkins.

Having trailed 7-0 with only five minutes before half-time, “Tommies” as they are affectionately known, found themselves 15-7 ahead. The second half was a bit of a stalemate as neither side was able to convert possession into anything meaningful.

Bicton hit back with a try from centre Harry strong following a powerful carry from the centre. This was the spark that was needed for a frantic finale. Sir Thomas Rich’s began to look tired and were constantly short of numbers in defence, as Bicton College set about working their way up the field before full back George Toomey found himself with some space, beat his man and dealt the killer blow. Bicton running out 14-19 winners and now take on RGS High Wycombe in the final round of the regional draw.

RGS High Wycombe secured their place in the seventh-round tie thanks to a win over Marlborough College. Tries from Louis Pow and Alex Murphy along with a conversion and penalty from Ben Woods provided the Buckinghamshire School victory.

In the U15s cup competition Wellington College continued their strong run with a comfortable 0-30 win over Newent Community School. They will meet the winner of Millfield and Truro in the next round of the Cup.

In the other side of the South West draw, RGS High Wycombe saw their U15s join their senior side following a hard fought 3-5 victory over Wellington School. Meanwhile, Canford School continued to show their Cup credentials following an 18-13 win against Beechen Cliff School.

The U18s Vase competition begins to pick up pace following the fifth round of fixtures. Kelly College tussled with Downside School to earn a 7-5 win, while Queen Elizabeth Hospital School enjoyed a 27-15 victory over Wellsway School. Cirecenster College continued their march towards Twickenham after overcoming Malmesbury School 31-10. Wycliffe School overcame Beaufort Community School with a 27-8 win to seal their place in the next round in January.

The match of the round in the Vase competition saw Peter Symonds College narrowly defeated by Pangbourne College, 15-16. James Towsend and captain Sam Rossiter crossed the whitewash for Pangbourne with Rossiter adding two penalties to his earn his side victory.

Pangbourne College U15 joined their U18s in the next round of the Vase following a 10-20 win over Reading Blue Coat School. Meanwhile, King's College, Taunton’s NatWest Cup and Vase involvement came to end for another season after their U15s fell to a 19-13 defeat to Clevedon Community School in the Vase competition.