- Local derby matches provide exciting fourth-round clashes
- Whitgift School register Cup wins at U15 and U18
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Two significant NatWest Schools Cup U18 fourth-round clashes took place last Wednesday (November 13), as Hampton met KCS Wimbledon and Whitgift School took on John Fisher, in two derby matches.
It made for an exciting afternoon in the nation’s capital with large crowds gathering for both games thanks to the added anticipation.
In the Croydon derby match at Whitgift, a tight battle was expected between the perennial rivals who have played out some truly magnificent Cup ties in recent years.
This encounter was no different with both sides boasting plenty of age group internationals and academy players, but Whitgift were good value in the end for their 29-6 win.
Whitgift led a very evenly matched first half 13-6 thanks to a try from lock Stan South, and penalties from fly half George Jones. Fly half and captain Seaghan Davey responded with two penalties for John Fisher, who were unlucky not to have scored a try themselves, only to be denied by some strong Whitgift defence.
South crossed for Whitgift again in the second half after a good break by England U16 international Matt Gallagher, son of former All Black John Gallagher.
Jones added three more penalties to ensure that John Fisher were kept at bay.
In South West London, Hampton put in a scintillating four-try display to beat neighbours KCS Wimbledon 27-14 on the new 3G pitch at Hampton School.
In a fast-paced first half Hampton raced to a 17-7 lead, crossing three times through Jim Philipson, Jacob Goss and Sam Curran. The tries from Goss and Philipson were particularly pleasing for the home crowd as Hampton ran the ball from 70 metres out on both occasions.
KCS centre Mark Fuller scored for the away side. A try from Hampton full back Dan Barley in the second half clinched a good win for Hampton who face the tough task of an away trip to St Benedict’s, Ealing in the fifth round, who beat St.George’s School Harpenden in their fourth-round match.
Elsewhere, Campion School came through a tough battle with SEEVIC as 18-5 victors, whilst another hotly tipped side St Joseph’s College, Ipswich, who won their National Schools Festival back in October, beat Farlingaye 51-0.
In the other side of the draw champions Dulwich will be put to a serious test when they face Eltham College this week. Meanwhile Cup new boys Harrow School beat Haileybury School 43-19.
In the Vase competition there were some interesting clashes. Wimbledon College beat Caterham School 27-16, whilst Worth School beat City of London Freeman’s School 31-14.
The under 15 competition also saw some notable results, with Whitgift School registering an U18 and U15 Cup double when their U15 side beat Epsom College 46-0.
Brighton College beat Sussex rivals Christ’s Hospital School, the alma mater of England lock Joe Launchbury, 42-7.
Staying south of London, one side attracting plenty of attention in the U15 competition are Reigate Grammar School who beat Glyn School 45-0.
Reigate are unbeaten so far this season, as they were as an U14 side last season. Notable players in their side include Harlequins Academy trio Max Coyle, Fred Bunting and captain Lucas Overtoom