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NatWest Schools Cup: Round 7 Midlands review

05 February 2014

  • Adams Grammar School to face Durham School in U18 Cup quarter-final
  • Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School’s defence holds firm in U18 Vase
Warwick School v Stamford in the NatWest Schools Cup

Photo: RFU Archive

Warwick School produced another stunning comeback to record their second draw of the season to go through to the quarter-final of the NatWest Schools U18 Cup from a midlands region characterised by tight scorelines in the seventh round last week.

Stamford was the unfortunate side to go out on this occasion after Warwick outscored them four tries to three in a 22-22 draw.

Stamford had looked comfortable going as far as 17-5 ahead thanks to tries from George Cox and Jamie Richardson, but Warwick produced their first comeback of the game to level with tries from Harry Bassett, Bryn Grantham and Tom Howard (brother of England U20 Junior World Championship winning wing Ben Howard).

Archie Toseland then crossed for Stamford to give them the lead with only a few minutes remaining, a score that looked to be enough for the home side, but Warwick fought back with a dramatic late try from James Ainsworth to level the scores and set up a quarter-final with Stowe School.

It will be the second year in a row that Warwick will have both U15 and U18 sides in the Cup quarter-finals after their U15s edged out Aylesbury Grammar 22-15, and will now play Langley School in the quarter-final, who beat Lawrence Sheriff 10-7 in their last 16 fixture.

The two sides are unbeaten against English opposition in the regular season, which should make for an exciting match.

Head of Rugby at Warwick School, Mr Nasey, said of the double achievement: "I think there is a bit more character in the side this year than there was last year. Read into that what you will, but last year was very much about defence and forcing sides into errors, whereas this year we actually look to play more and win games.

“The U15s are a very good side. We have four boys that were involved last year and there is some good depth. They did very well to beat a strong Aylesbury Grammar side who caused them a lot of problems, and it looks like they'll have to play Langley in the next round who have a great record this season."

Adams Grammar School are also through to the U18 Cup quarter-final after coming through a tough battle to beat The Perse School 12-0.

In an attritional encounter, Adams scored tries through Will Macareth and Fraser Martin to secure a knock-out clash with Durham School.

In the U18 Vase competition Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School beat Nottingham High School 17-3. Vesey’s ran in three tries through Will Curren, Andy Hyslop and Will Shilcof to put themselves into the final eight, with an astonishing record conceding just one try throughout their campaign to date.

In the U15 Vase, Loughborough Grammar School beat Denston College 22-12 thanks to tries from number eight Kane Richards and prop Jamie Lee.

In the other U15 Vase fixture, Stowe School squeaked through with a 19-17 win against Cheltenham College.