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Walkers Wilmslow storm into last four

Jimmy Walker scored two tries as Wilmslow High School cruised into the U18 Daily Mail RBS Cup semi-finals for the first time in their history with a comfortable 31-12 victory over QEGS, Wakefield.

Wilmslow made a blistering start as lock Callum Hubbard scored a try converted by Olly McCall inside five minutes, but three-time finalists QEGS restored parity in the 23rd-minute after a period of sustained pressure.

Sean Street finished off a sweeping team move just after half time to give the hosts the lead once again, before Walker notched up his first five-pointer of the day after a strong burst from prop Sam Royle.

Tom Hudson got his sides fourth try as his superb footwork bamboozled the QEGS defence and Walkers second made the result safe, with another QEGS try in the closing stages only scant consolation for the visitors.

The Cheshire school will be understandably dreaming of Twickenham, but they will have their work cut out to get there as they now face holders Whitgift in the semi-finals after the Surrey school overcame a plucky Plymouth College 24-10 in Devon.

Three Elliot Daly penalties for the away side and one from Plymouths Henry Slade saw Whitgift go 9-3 ahead early on, before fullback Chris Cranes try just before half time increased the deficit to 11 points.

A converted score from George Stephenson hauled Plymouth right back into the game, but tries from his namesake Harding and Herbie Butler carried the visitors to victory.

In the top half of the draw, Old Swinford Hospital recorded an impressive 35-28 win at 2006 champions St. Peters High School, Gloucester, and they will now play the winner of St. Josephs College, Ipswich and Oakham, who meet on Saturday.

Watson strikes again as St. Georges College progress

Prolific fullback Anthony Watson grabbed his 16th try of the season as St. Georges College, Weybridge, dispatched a gutsy Sir Thomas Richs Grammar School 17-5 in their U18 Daily Mail RBS Vase quarter-final clash.

After a cagey opening 25 minutes with neither team willing to give anything away, England U18 fullback Watson, brother of London Irishs Marcus, demonstrated quick-thinking to tap a penalty awarded close to the Sir Thomas Richs try line and barge over for five points that Chris Hanson converted to seven.

Gloucester side Sir Thomas Richs made things extremely difficult for the hosts with some very physical play and a well-executed forward-orientated game plan, and it took 15 minutes of the second half for St. Georges to break them down again, this time through Ed Ludlow who scored at the back of a driving maul.

A grandstand finish was in store when the visitors pulled a try back with 11 minutes to go to make the score 12-5, but an outstanding individual effort from Jack Westmoreland-Burns finally secured a semi-final place for St. Georges.

In the other quarter-final played on Wednesday, Solihull School kicker Max Rodman slotted a last-gasp penalty to guide the Midlanders to a thrilling 24-23 home win over heartbroken Harrogate Grammar School.

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