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NatWest Schools Cup: North round-up

08 October 2013

  • Both St Ambrose sides crash out
  • Yarm School come through tough U15 clash with Queen Ethelburga’s

Photo: RFU Archive

St Ambrose College suffered a disappointing U15 and U18 Cup double defeat in the second round of the NatWest Schools Cup.

England U16 and Lymm High School scrum half Alex Mitchell put St Ambrose 1st XV side out of the cup with a last minute penalty.

St Ambrose had led 20-19 thanks to tries from captain Ciaran Parker, Liam Lyons and Danny Box as well as five points from the boot of Jake Riley.

Two tries from wing Brad Turner and one from prop Oscar McCormack, were enough to keep Lymm in touch for a large part of the game and the referee handed them a penalty on the 10-metre line for a chance to snatch the tie.

Mitchell, who had to take over the kicking duties from the injured England U16 fly half Mark Dixon, stepped up and slotted it over despite the pressure.

Head of rugby at Lymm Mr Davies commented: “It was disappointing that two of the best sides in the area had to meet so early, but it could be a blessing in disguise for one of us.

“Both teams played some good rugby, and we were lucky to get through because they were probably more powerful than us.”

In the pick of the U15s NatWest Cup northern fixtures, St Ambrose once again fell to local rivals, this time losing 28-7 to Manchester Grammar School.

Alex Hull scored two tries for MGS, while Kofi Nuamah and Solomon Neild also got on the scoresheet.

Elsewhere, last season’s cup quarter-finalists King’s School Macclesfield have continued their impressive start to the season with a 48-3 second-round win over QEGS Ashbourne.

Harry Blackwell, Tom Mort, Huw Ravenscroft, Laurence Holt, Callum Burke, Dan Greer and Ruaridh Nichols were the scorers for King’s.

Last year’s Vase winners Yarm School came through a tough encounter with Queen Ethelburga’s to prevail 21-17.

Yarm scored tries through Fezan Mughal, Alex O'Brien and Ben Stephenson. But the highlight of the game was produced by Queen Ethelburga’s Tom Somers.

Somers was an England U16 squad member last season, and scored a devastating individual try.

He has now collected 15 tries in four games for Queen Ethelburga’s this season, and has a highly impressive athletics CV – he is national U17 200m champion and finished fourth in the U17 World Championships.

Schools Cup new-boys Ellesmere College kicked off their campaign with a convincing 58-0 win against Newcastle-under-Lyme College.

The Shropshire side ran in 10 tries with fly half Lewis Suckling scoring a hat-trick. Afterwards, Ellesmere captain Ted Parker said: “We were very clinical and took almost every opportunity that came our way. For us it was the perfect start.”