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NatWest Schools Cup: London & SE section round-up

09 October 2013

  • Worth School spring surprise to beat Hurstpierpoint
  • Seaford overturn Christ’s Hospital School in another all-Sussex affair
Action from Seaford's tie against Christ Hospital

Photo: inattheside

Worth School sprung one of the upsets of the NatWest Schools Cup so far by beating Sussex rivals Hurstpierpoint 21-19 in round two.

Hurstpierpoint were leading 19-14 with two minutes to go thanks to tries from Toby Smith, Joe Vallone and Lucas Aresti, but a try from Tom Ferguson in the corner drew Worth level. Max Bergot then nailed a stunning kick under pressure to clinch victory.

In a scrappy local tie, Worth ran in three tries themselves – Dom Suckling and James Kemp scoring their other five pointers.

Worth’s head of rugby Rob Outen reflected after the game: “It was always going to be a big game going over to Hurstpierpoint and it was close right up until the final whistle. We didn’t play particularly well, but it was a good result for us.

"We’re a confident group this year after the success of the sevens side last year, who caused a few upsets on the circuit. So with a number of those boys here again this year, we have something to build on.”

In another tense Sussex encounter, Seaford beat Christ’s Hospital School 14-0. Seaford scored two converted tries through full back Rupert Pelly and centre Freddie Ransom.

Pelly scored after a strong break from wing Alfie Renwick, while Ransom also benefitted from a Renwick run.

In the game live-streamed by the RFU, previous Vase winners Sussex Downs College beat Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College 15-8.

In Kent, an eagerly awaited derby clash between Eltham College and Ravens Wood failed to materialise into the tight affair that was anticipated, Eltham ending up as 53-0 victors.

Eltham ran in seven tries on the day – Josh Parry and Piers Simwell both collecting each, Will Foster, Scott Baker, Jack Pearson and Dom Elliot completing the scoring.

Elsewhere, Whitgift and John Fisher, Croydon rivals and likely fourth round opponents, both eased to comfortable second-round wins.

All eyes will be on the London and South East U18 A draw this season, which includes Whitgift, John Fisher, St.Benedict’s, Ealing, Hampton and St.Joseph’s College, Ipswich.

In the other half of the draw, Schools Cup new boys Harrow beat St Clement Dane’s 70-3. Looming for Harrow this season is a last 16 clash away to holders Dulwich College should results go the way of the two schools.

The stand-out result in the U15s draw saw perennial giant-killers Warden Park beat Hurstpierpoint.

In 2010, a Warden Park U15 side lead by former England u18 captain and Harlequins No 8 James Chisholm, reached the quarter-final stage of this tournament, only falling 13-8 to schools rugby giants and beaten finalists that year Wellington College.

On Wednesday, Warden Park registered another significant win with Fergus McDonald scoring twice and Paul Odell and Guy Williams grabbing one try each in a hard-fought win.

London Oratory School overcame the local challenge of Cardinal Vaughn Memorial School 46-5, setting up a huge third-round clash with St.Paul’s School, Barnes.