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NatWest Schools Cup: Round 4 Midlands review

19 November 2013

  • Surprise result as last year’s finalists Northampton School for Boys are beaten by The Perse School
  • Norwich School win in dramatic fashion with a penalty in the final minutes of the match
Perse School players in a huddle

Photo: RFU Archive

As has been characteristic in each of the four regions, the Midlands saw significant clashes play out with some intriguing results in the fourth round of the NatWest Schools Cup competition.

Perhaps the biggest story of the round saw last season’s Schools Cup finalists Northampton School for Boys go crashing out of the competition after they were beaten by The Perse School.

Cambridge’s The Perse School ran out 12-3 winners with Harry Hitchcock and Tom Sherrington scoring tries to back up some solid defensive work.

Head of Rugby at The Perse School, Liam St. John, commented: “It was a tough clash to have so early in the competition. It was a nervy start from the boys but we were very strong in defence.

“We scored two breakaway tries and they came at us hard at the end, but we were pleased to hold on with some heroic defence to beat last year’s finalists.

“We’re taking each game as it comes, and we can’t afford to get too carried away as it’s either Oakham or Leicester Grammar in the next round.”

Uppingham School continue to go about their business in an impressive manner. They overcame the tough challenge of Loughborough Grammar by running out 13-3 winners with points coming from the boot of Freddie Wilkinson and a try through Rupert Innes.

Director of Sport at Uppingham School, Paul Westgate, reflected on the tight win: ”It was a good open match, with both teams showing great commitment from start to finish.

“We had beaten Loughborough 55-5 earlier in the season so full credit to Loughborough, who showed they had improved significantly and pushed us all the way.

“I thought we dominated possession and territory but struggled to convert this domination into points. Loughborough always looked a threat in open play.”

Norwich School snuck in for a 16-15 win against Wymondham College in their fourth-round match. Ben Smith and Luke Boynes crossed for the Norfolk school, but Ashley Piggot was the man of the moment as he kicked a penalty with only a couple of minutes remaining to give Norwich a dramatic win.

Warwick School have set up a monumental fifth-round tie with Solihull School. Warwick beat Princethorpe School 45-6 in their fourth-round match whilst Solihull beat John Taylor High School 48-12. This means that two of the form sides in the region will now meet for a mouth-watering contest.

Elsewhere in the Cup, Adams Grammar School were made to fight hard to beat Denstone College 12-6, whilst there were also wins for The King’s School Grantham and Bedford Modern.

There are two huge fixtures still to be played. RGS Worcester take on Old Swinford Hospital School, and Oakham School play Leicester Grammar.

In the Vase competition, King Edward School Birmingham beat Bablake School 18-8, whilst Nottingham High School recorded a comfortable victory against North Leamington.

In the U15 competition there were relatively comfortable wins for two of the favourites in Bromsgrove and Warwick.

Bromsgrove beat The King’s School Worcester 43-7, whilst Warwick beat Rugby School 50-0.

Bloxham School came through another epic Cup tie with a win after they beat St. Edward’s School, Oxford 18-17.