- Whitgift are out but holders Dulwich College march on
- England U18s' Lundberg leads Hampton into last eight
Photo: Scrumpix Photography
Hampton School knocked out the 2010 and 2011 winners Whitgift School to reach the national quarter-finals of the Daily Mail RBS Schools U18 Cup for the first time.
A nail-biting seventh-round tie staged under floodlights at Esher RFC saw Whitgift concede two yellow cards for offences that prevented Hampton from scoring.
With just five minutes remaining, Hampton centre Alex Tavener made an outside break to score a try under the posts that fly half Tom MccGwire converted to seal a 12-10 win over the former champions.
Hampton will be at home in the last eight to the winners of Truro School – the cup winners in 2009 – and twice losing finalists RGS High Wycombe.
The team is captained by England U18 prop Alex Lundberg.
Zoran Higgins, director of rugby at Hampton School which is four miles from Twickenham Stadium, said: “We look forward to whatever challenge awaits us in the quarter-finals. We are just so pleased to be there, having suffered agonisingly close last-minute defeats in each of the three previous years – by three points to Skinners’, five points to St Joseph’s and three to Dulwich last year.
“We haven’t got one particular style of play. We’re lucky to have a lot of depth, and Greg King who has played at fly half in previous rounds allows us to play in a different style.
“Against St Paul’s (18-3) and Colchester RGS (51-0) we played a tight, direct game whereas against Whitgift it was much wider.”
The other London & South East representatives in the U18 Cup quarter-finals are yet to be known after the postponement (January 19) of the match between KCS Wimbledon and cup holders Dulwich College.
The quarter-finals in all four Daily Mail RBS Schools Cup competitions are subject to the completion of some outstanding ties from previous rounds.