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NatWest Schools Cup: Round 7 North review

05 February 2014

  • Durham School will face Adams Grammar School in U18 Cup quarter-finals
  • Trent College and QEGS Wakefield through to U15 Cup final eight
QEGS Wakefield v RGS Lancaster in the NatWest Schools Cup

Photo: RFU Archive

Durham School produced a clinical display to beat previously unbeaten Stonyhurst College 20-7 in the seventh round of the NatWest Schools Cup in a heavily disrupted North region.

Durham scored tries through Matthew Wilson and a brace from Garry Izomar to win on the day and can now look forward to a home quarter-final against Adams Grammar School.

Head of Rugby at Durham School, Ben Mason, said: "They put a lot of pressure on us. They brought a big pack and a catch and drive game. We defended well and held them out and when we had opportunities to break we took our chances because of our support work.

"It was a physical game with some big hits going in, the boys knew they were in a battle after the game with all the knocks. They came with a big reputation and were maybe a little complacent in thinking they could rolls us over like they have done to other teams.

"That's what happened to us last season, which probably helped us this year as we were able to learn from our mistakes. It's a different side this year. We may not have some of the individuals we had last year, but we're a good unit and we're delighted to have the home quarter-final draw."

Unfortunately, the match between Lymm High School and QEGS Wakefield fell victim to the weather.

The U15 Cup saw both fixtures completed. Trent College beat Crossley Heath 20-14 in the last-16 match with Jacob Taylor, Addison Pye, Charlie Livesy and Chris Crick going over for the Nottinghamshire school who will play Whitgift in the quarter-final.

They were joined by QEGS Wakefield, who have reached the quarter-final stage for the second year in a row after a 20-7 win against RGS Lancaster.

QEGS scored tries through Luke Adams, Sam Tovey and Joe Gatus and will play the winner of Trinity School and Reigate Grammar School.

In the Vase competition, Wirral Grammar School for Boys will play Wilmslow High School in an all-North West quarter-final after Wirral edged Crossley Heath 12-7 thanks to a brace of tries from lock Matt Palphreyman with fly half Ben Brookes kicking one conversion. Whilst Wilmslow beat Dam Allan’s 10-3.