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NatWest Schools Cup: Midlands round-up

21 October 2013

  • 2012/13 U15 winners Warwick School get campaign off to a winning start
  • Solihull School record wins at U15 and U18 levels
RGS Worcester v Hereford Cathedral School in the NatWest Schools Cup

Photo: RFU Archive

Last season’s NatWest Schools Cup U15 winners Warwick School got their 2013/14 campaign off to the perfect start thanks to a 50-0 win against Kenilworth School and Sports College.

While Warwick were probably surprise victors last season, they are in blistering form this season and are yet to lose a game.

Warwick U15s Coach Tom Pierce is excited by the prospect of this season’s group, saying: ”We’ve made a positive start to this very exciting U15 season. An undefeated preseason tour of Northern Ireland against Campbell College and Coleraine Academical has helped to bring the squad closer together and to get some of the basic principles and team values in place.

“The team has been working very hard in training and are really motivated to continue to perform well as a squad.

“Five of the squad were involved in the U15 winning side last year, which has served as a catalyst to drive others in the group.

“The squad has notched up some strong performances in regular fixtures against Stowe School 48-21, Whitgift School 17-8 and Bromsgrove School 66-10 during the first half-term. The team realise that there are many more tough matches to come on our fixture list in the coming months.”

Another big result in the Midlands U15 competition saw Bloxham School beat Stowe school 17-0 thanks to tries from Oliver Kilgallon and George Morley.

The Bloxham U15 side is coached by England Women’s international Amber Reed, who said: ”We started the game well and kept a high tempo in both defence and attack asking questions of Stowe.

“Stowe never gave up and carried the ball really well. It was a great game for the spectators as both teams put some good phases together.”

In the U18 Cup, two fierce Worcester rivals in The Kings School and RGS Worcester continued on their paths to a potential fifth round meeting with useful third round wins.

RGS Worcester came through the fairly local challenge of Hereford Cathedral School with a 25-5 win. Jack Tromans, John Hughes, Joel Power and Gus Thomas were the try scorers for RGS.

Standing in RGS Worcester’s way in the fourth round, however, is likely to be 2012 NatWest Schools Cup finalists Old Swinford Hospital.

Their rivals Kings, whom they meet in the annual Modus Cup match at Worcester Warriors’ Sixways ground on October 23, beat King Edward School Birmingham 38-7. Martyn Bowles was the standout performer in that match, scoring a hat-trick of tries with Brandon Wain, Alfie Sears and Ryan Kearly also scoring one each.

Uppingham School beat Nottingham High School 40-10 to win a potentially tricky third round match.

Uppingham scored six tries on the day, with Freddie Wilkinson scoring a brace. Director of Sport at Uppingham School, Paul Westgate, said: ”It was an exciting game, which was well refereed. Both teams looked to run the ball but the Uppingham forwards were stronger and at outside centre, Wilkinson was probably the best player on the pitch.”

Oakham School came through their third round match by the skin of their teeth beating Trent College 14-10 and will play either Oundle or Leicester Grammar in the fourth round for what will be another intriguing encounter.

Solihull School enjoyed a NatWest Schools Cup double in the third round. Their U18 side beat King Edward VI Camphill School 37-0 whilst their U15 side beat Tudor Grange Academy 22-0.