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NatWest Schools Cup: South West round-up

09 October 2013

  • King's College, Taunton record wins at U18 and U15 level
  • Cleeve School fall to Sir Thomas Rich's
Sir Thomas Riches in NatWest Schools Cup action

Photo: RFU Archive

King's College, Taunton's U18 and U15 sides registered impressive early wins against West Buckland School and West Somerset Community College respectively in the second round of the NatWest Schools Cup.

King's ran in a total of eight tries in their second round match with West Buckland as Willis, Spiers, Wring, Potter, Counsell and Heepkoksong crossed the whitewash, while Holmes earned himself a brace.

The U15s couldn't quite match the eight tries of their seniors, running in seven tries against West Somerset Community College with Oliver Gibbon earning himself a hat-trick, Aaron Chapman notched up two while Cameron Sauter-Frost and Charlie Collins also got on the score sheet.

While results are what matter at U18 level, Snell admits that the U15 level is all about player enjoyment and development: “(Our) main aspiration is to get the side enjoying their rugby. It is especially valuable to be able to bring up some good younger players to test them in a more physical environment and push the older players for their place in the team.

“I am looking for the team to develop their game by thinking about their role and enhancing their tactical and technical awareness. As long as the team keeps improving week after week, I’ll be happy and we’ll see where we get to.”

Meanwhile, Sir Thomas Rich's School got their U18 NatWest Schools Cup campaign off to a flying start with an 81-0 win over Cleeve School. Head Coach Rhys Williams commented on his side’s aims for this season: “We would like to go as far as possible this year; we had a good summer tour to New Zealand and the boys have been working hard.

“We reached the quarter-final two years ago and last 32 last year. It’s difficult in a knock-out competition but we would like to go as far as possible and have a good season in our regular fixtures away from the Cup.”

The South West A draw is arguably one of the toughest in the competition this year, featuring the likes of Millfield, Stowe, Aylesbury Grammar as well as last season’s quarter-finalists, Sherborne and Truro School, not to mention Vase semi-finalists Plymouth College.

Hardly the easiest of draws either, the NatWest Schools Cup South West B draw also includes some notable names such as RGS High Wycombe, Marlborough College and more. A tough one to call as to who will make it through this draw, but one thing is for sure, there will be early exits for some big names.