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NatWest Schools Cup: North round-up

21 October 2013

  • RGS Newcastle, RGS Lancaster and Bradford Grammar School all score U15 and U18 doubles
  • Bishop Heber continue impressive form of last season
Woodhouse Grove School in NatWest Schools Cup action

Photo: RFU Archive

The northern draw of the NatWest Schools Cup served up some interesting third round results.

Two Royal Grammar Schools celebrated U15 and U18 Cup doubles. RGS Newcastle’s U18s beat Gateshead College 52-0, whilst their U15s beat Queen Elizabeth High School Hexham 21-5.

For RGS Newcastle, all roads point towards a possible fifth-round tie with fiercest of rivals Durham School to whom they lost by a point earlier in the season, and would be a game that RGS would relish according to head of rugby, Andy Watt.

Watt commented: ”We lost by a point to them earlier in the season, but we had a few injuries. We’re also usually a better side after the St Joseph’s festival.

“In the last couple of years Durham against RGS has probably become the major fixture in the North East.

“The rugby has picked up at Durham recently, and they have a couple of scholarships that come in each season so they’re a good side. The boys all know each other, which certainly adds to the occasion.

“Home advantage is huge for us in the Cup. We’re so far away from everyone, and used to travelling long distances for fixtures, which other teams aren’t.

“Our U15s are a decent side. They have a couple of standout players, as well as a couple of U14 players, but they’re a confident side and could also end up playing Durham!”

RGS Lancaster also completed an U15 and U18 double. Their U18 side beat QEGS Penrith 44-12 to follow up on an impressive 43-7 win for their U15s against Stonyhurst.

Not to be outdone, Bradford Grammar School’s U18 and U15 sides will both be taking part in the fourth round of the cup after solid third round wins against Ikley Grammar School and Brighouse High School respectively.

Director of Rugby at Bradford Grammar School, Charlie Linfield, reflected: ”We’re delighted to have won games against local opposition in both Cup competitions. It was a pleasure to watch some entertaining rugby from the 1st XV.

“Just as pleasing was the U15 victory against Brighouse in poor conditions at Old Brods. The squads look forward to a well deserved break, it is hoped they will return refreshed for the tough round four matches that lie ahead.”

Woodhouse Grove continued their astonishing run of form this season but were made to sweat over their 32-21 win against a plucky Crossley Heath Grammar School side.

Woodhouse Grove ran in five tries on the day, with Daniel Radigan scoring one, and Dylan Budge and England U18 international Jack Maplesden each scoring a brace.

Woodhouse Grove’s head of rugby, Adrian Sweeney, commented: “It was a match where we went 24-0 ahead and did not finish off a very competitive Crossley Heath team. Another five minutes and we could have been looking at an early exit!”

The fairytale that is the Bishop Heber U15 side is very much alive once again this season. The Cheshire comprehensive school, who just missed out on a spot in the final last season, recorded an impressive 27-10 win against Denstone College.