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NatWest Schools Cup quarter-finals preview: Midlands

11 February 2014

  • Adams GS set for first quarter-final
  • Holders Warwick through to Under 15 Cup semis

Adams Grammar School from Shropshire have reached the quarter-finals of the NatWest Schools Under 18 Cup for the first time in their history.

Adams face a daunting away journey to Durham School on February 12 for a match that will be streamed live on, but that has done little to quell the excitement according to Head of Rugby Rob Mulherne.

”It’s been our best season in 25 years. We’ve had some tremendous victories in the first term,” he said.

“It’s all been built on our tour to the USA and Canada in 2012, and the boys have worked tremendously hard to get to where they are.

“We’ve had tremendous support, and there is one supporters’ bus confirmed to be heading up to Durham, which is fantastic. There is also an added excitement from the match being streamed, which will be great for those who can’t make it.”

Warwick School travel to Stowe School aiming to emulate their Under 15 team, who are already through to the semi-finals of their competition.

Warwick, the Under 15 Cup holders, beat Langley School from Norfolk 33-5  in their quarter-final last Friday.

Warwick Under 18s were beaten by Stowe earlier in the season but the Cup has brought the best out of them with stunning comebacks against Solihull and Stamford in recent rounds.

Trent College also have two teams competing in the quarter-final phase. Their U18s travel to Bishop Vesey’s of Sutton Coldfield in the Vase, whilst their U15s, who will be competing as a Northern side, welcome Whitgift in the Cup.

Director of Sport, Adam Benstead, said: ”We’re delighted to have two teams participating. This is a pretty rare occurrence for us as a one-term rugby school.

“Most of our boys will be playing hockey on Saturdays so the juggling act has been difficult. We’re enormously proud, we’ve got Whitgift coming up here and we back ourselves against anyone at home.”

Bishop Vesey’s Director of Sport, Chris Howell is expecting a big crowd to greet Trent College next Wednesday in the Vase quarter-final. He said:”The lads have worked very hard, and it is the pinnacle for some of the upper sixth boys who are determined not to let such a massive opportunity slip in their final year.

“We’re expecting a big crowd as we’re allowing boys that play in ‘A’ teams for the school to watch, and there will be a number of old boys and parents there, too.”

In the Under 15 Vase Stowe take on Altrincham Grammar but Loughborough Grammar School are on the road at Lymm.

“Loughborough Grammar School are looking forward to their quarter-final match against Lymm High School. The team should be at full strength and have enjoyed a highly successful season to date,” said Loughborough coach Mike Broadley.

“With one regular season match to be played before the quarters it really is one match at a time from here on in!”

The U15 and U18 NatWest Schools Cup Show Your School's Colours competition was an online fan vote with schools vying to have their quarter-finals matches streamed live on

There was a fantastic response and the winners were: U15s – St George’s School Weybridge (803 votes) v Reading School; U18s – Durham School (766 votes) v Adams Grammar School. You can watch both matches live on on Wednesday, February 12.

U18 Cup fixtures – February 12

Durham School v Adams Grammar School, 2pm (streamed live on  
Lymm High School v Dulwich College, 2.15pm
Stowe School v Warwick School, 2.30pm
RGS High Wycombe v Hampton, 2.30pm (or 12pm if at Maidenhead 3G)

U18 Vase fixtures 

Wilmslow High School v Wirral Grammar School, February 12, 4pm (Burnage Rugby Club)
QEH Bristol v Ravens Wood School, February 13, 2.30pm
Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School v Trent College, February 14, 2.30pm
Worth School v Exeter College, February 11, 2pm (Allianz Park)  

U15 Cup fixtures 

RGS High Wycombe v Wellington College, February 11, 12pm (Maidenhead 3G)
QEGS Wakefield v Trinity School, February 13, ko and venue tbc
Trent College v Whitgift School, February 13, 2.30pm
Result: Langley School 5 Warwick School 33 (played February 7)

U15 Vase fixtures – February 12

St George’s College, Weybridge v Reading School, 2.30pm (streamed live on

U15 Vase fixtures – February 13

Lymm High School v Loughborough Grammar School, 2pm
Graveney School v Clevedon School, 2.30pm (Old Rutlishians)
Altringham Grammar School v Stowe School, 2.30pm

For more information about the competition, go to: and