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NatWest Schools Cup: Round 4 South West review

19 November 2013

  • Last-minute try secures victory for King's College, Taunton
  • Sherborne School U15 and U18 progress to next round
King's College, Taunton v Blundell's School in the NatWest Schools Cup

Photo: RFU Archive

King's College, Taunton secured their place in the U18 NatWest Schools Cup fifth round in the most dramatic of fashions thanks to a last-minute try against Blundell’s School.

The Somerset school took on a Blundell’s side to whom they had suffered a 27-17 defeat earlier in the season. A Will Potter penalty put King's 3-0 up early on after a good start to the match but they swiftly found themselves 19-3 down within 10 minutes following a Blundell’s blitz. Seemingly dead and buried, King's showed signs of life just before the end of the half as the elusive Potter got on the outside of the Blundell’s defence before feeding inside to right wing Liam Redrup to dot down. Potter added the extras to close the half-time gap to 19-10.

The second half was a tight, anxious affair as both packs battled for supremacy. Number eight James Turpin led from the front for King's College while Redrup added a second try to make it 19-15.

In the dying minutes, King's turned over a Blundell’s line-out and battled their way up to the Blundell’s line before tight head Zach Spiers powered his way over for the winning try. Potter converted to give King's a dramatic 19-22 win, setting up a home tie with Bicton College in the fifth round.

Elsewhere in the Cup, Beechen Cliff School enjoyed a tight 10-14 away win against North Bristol Post 16 Centre, in South West A. Dauntsey’s School were somewhat more comfortable in their clash with Sheldon School, running out 44-24 winners. Sherborne School progressed to the fifth round with a walkover against St Peter’s Catholic School, Bournemouth.

Stowe continued their impressive form this season after tries from Max Marston and Jack Strong and two conversions from George Silk saw them labour to a 14-3 win over Aylesbury Grammar School. Meanwhile, Stowe’s fifth round opponents, St Peter's School, Gloucester were 8-17 winners against Crypt Grammar School. Two tries from Robson Skipsey along with a conversion and penalty from George Clair giving them the victory there.

In South West B, Reading Blue Coat School hammered Kennet School 0-50, with Matt Outram notching up four tries in the process. A trip to RGS High Wycombe awaits Reading after RGS defeated Windsor Boys High School 62-0.

Portsmouth Grammar School defeated local rivals Churches College 36-20, while Colston's School blew away Chew Valley 68-0 to seal their place in the fifth round.

Bristol Grammar School knocked Marlborough College U15s out of the Cup thanks to a 35-0 hammering, with Tom Rowlands bagging himself four tries in the process.

Sherborne School’s U15s joined their U18 counterparts in the next round of the NatWest Schools Cup, thanks to a 22-15 win over Sidmouth College. Whilst Sir Thomas Rich’s School crashed out of the cup following a 36-46 defeat to Newent Community College.

Abingdon School and Wellington College set up a mouth-watering fifth round clash as they won their respective matches. A 0-51 win for Abindgon School against Sir William Borlase Grammar School and a 75-7 win for Wellington College against Windsor Boys High School confirmed that clash.

Truro School battled to an 8-3 win over Truro rivals Penair School to take their place in the fifth round of the Cup. Canford School defeated Bishop Wordsworth 0-24 while RGS High Wycombe also saw their U15 side through, thanks to a 12-43 win over Lord Wandsworth College.

In the Vase competition, Royal Latin U18s snuck through their match with Katherine Lady Berkeley’s School 12-15 and Pangbourne College enjoyed a 12-33 win over Reading School.