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NatWest Schools Cup: South West round-up

21 October 2013

  • RGS High Wycombe progress in U15 and U18 competitions
  • Wellington looking strong in U15 Cup
Wellington School playing in the NatWest Schools Cup

Photo: RFU Archive

There are undoubtedly high hopes for RGS High Wycombe in this season’s NatWest Schools Cup. Both their U15 and U18 sides registered comfortable 50-0 wins against St Bartholomew School and Dr Challoner’s Grammar School respectively.

The current 1st XV feature an upper sixth side that won the NatWest Schools Cup at U15 level three seasons ago, while the lower sixth reached the final a year later. This success instantly puts targets on the backs of the Buckinghamshire school, who have had an up and down season of late.

Spearheaded by the superb Ben Wood, who dictates everything from his outside half role, they possess a pack that is up there with the best of them this season.

Director of Rugby Simon Copeland spoke with a quiet confidence about his team’s potential in the Cup earlier this season: “We know that the draw is tough and will throw up some surprises. But I’d like to think that we would be in the mix of teams that could win, but who knows.”

RGS High Wycombe will face Windsor Boys School in the next round of the Cup after they defeated Desborough School 17-21.

Elsewhere in the Under 18 South West B draw, Kennet School defeated Reading School 15-7 to set up a clash with the Reading Blue Coat School who battled past Pangbourne College in a tense 13-17 clash. Sir Thomas Rich continued their winning ways with a 68-3 win over Wycliffe College. “Tommies” have been in impeccable form this season and look to be real title contenders. The U15 side take on Marling School on the 24th of the month.

Meanwhile, Blundell’s School were comfortable 51-3 away winners at Tavistock. The Devon school looks likely to mount a strong challenge this season, but face stiff opposition in the shape of King's Taunton in the next round of the Cup following their walkover in the third round.

Colston’s School advanced to round four of the NatWest Schools Cup after beating Backwell School 47-10 to set up a fixture with Chew Valley, who eased to a 37-0 win over Sexey’s School. Crypt Grammar School benefited from a walkover against Newent School, and North Bristol Post 16 Centre enjoyed a 27-5 victory over Gordano School.

Portsmouth Grammar School warmed up nicely for the St Joseph’s festival by securing their place in the next round of the Cup after a 10-40 victory over Brockenhurst College.

In the U15 Cup, King's Taunton crashed out following a 7-29 defeat to Wellington School. Wellington have enjoyed a terrific season, defeating all before them and notching up an impressive 400 points along the way while only conceding 101.

Canford School doubled the misery for Poole Grammar School by knocking out their U15 team in a comfortable 36-0 win.

Sherborne saw their U15s join their U18 team in the next round of the Cup following a 43-14 away win against Stanchester Academy.

Millfield secured a 50-0 formality against King Alfred’s School and Clevedon Community School saw their Cup run come to an end after losing 12-48 to Bristol Grammar School.