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Home > News > Schools from Somerset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Berkshire all progress in the RBS Daily Mail Schools Cup Competitions
Your News Schools from Somerset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Berkshire all progress in the RBS Daily Mail Schools Cup Competitions

Benefactor Sir Thomas Rich himself would have applauded the class of 2012 as the Grammar school that bears his name U18 rugby team powered into the last eight of this seasons RBS Daily Mail U18 Schools Cup with a, 25-14, home turf win over Bishop Wordsworth Grammar School at Oakleaze last Wednesday.

With the Sir Thomas Richs U15 side also reaching the same stage in their RBS Daily Mail U15 Vase competition its a landmark year for the Longlevens, Gloucestershire, based school with both teams within two matches of a dream Twickenham appearance in the April 4th finals.

Delighted Director of Rugby Rhys Williams recalls: We were 13-7 up at half-time but, playing against the wind and up the slope in the second half, I didnt think it was enough to be honest.

But we took our chances well, the forwards played well and it was a good performance overall.

Scrum half Oliver Youngs penalty settled the early nerves before centre Oliver Booth broke down the Bishop Wordsworth defence for the opening try and an 8-0 lead.

Although the visitors responded to get within a point, 8-7, centre Charlie Scotts touch down, in support of his winger, saw Sir Thomas Richs start the second-half leading 13-7.

A sniping run around the base of ruck had Young touching down try number three, that he also converted, and before the visitors could respond wing Evan James had dived on a loose ball over the visitors try line for a fourth and a 25-7 lead.

While Bishop Wordsworth once again hit back to cut the deficit to 25-14, Sir Thomas Richs were able to hold out until the final whistle.

They now have home advantage against the tough East Anglian outfit St. Josephs College, Ipswich, to be played during this coming week and, most probably, on Wednesday, Feb 1st, 2-30 kick-off.

Early points and a magnificent defensive display after the break from Chippenham based Sheldon School saw them progress through to the quarter-finals of this seasons RBS Daily Mail U18 Vase competition beating hosts Wycliffe College, 12-8.

Delighted coach Ian Beveridge said afterwards: It was a tense second-half with great rugby from both sides. We certainly had to work hard as we were playing into a strong wind, but it was certainly the best weve played in the competition.

In only their second home match of the campaign they were ahead inside five minutes when outside centre Hugh Campbell touched down and fly half Harry Taylor converted.

And, it got even better as they had stretched the lead to 12-0 after Will Waddington had taken a quick tapped penalty and, with some devastating open-field running, carved out the opening for No.8 Ed Suttle to dab down.

But, Wycliffe had struck back by the interval to reduce the lead to 12-8 and it took a magnificent second half defensive display from the visitors to keep their hosts at bay and eventually make it through to the quarter-finals where they are at home to Kents Ravens Wood School, Bromley, Feb 1st.


Regular Twickenham finalists Wellington College had to battle hard for their place in this seasons RBS Daily Mail Schools Cup U15 quarter-finals away to a fog-bound Kingswood School.

Their Bath based opponents fought them all the way and it was only in the final five minutes that College grabbed the all-important try that put them through.

It was very tight indeed, admitted relieved Wellington coach Dan Rosier. Our defence was very resolute and, eventually, our winger plucked the ball out the sky and hes extremely quick.

In fact, it was replacement wing Christian Green who intercepted a pass from the home full back to sprint over with five minutes to go and give fly half Will Wilson the angle to blast over the conversion.

Never-say-die Kingswood hit back immediately with three points, when the visitors conceded a penalty at the breakdown from the restart, but, as the game went into injury time, they just couldnt find their way through the spirited Wellington defence

Its earned Wellington a do-or-die quarter final match against their old enemies RGS High Wycombe on their own Dukes Ride patch in Crowthorne, Berkshire, next Wednesday, Feb 1st.

We played them away and won earlier on in the season, says Rosier. But RGS are a two term rugby playing school and were not which will make it harder for us to beat them.


Chew Valley Schools U15 team put on their best performance of the season to book their place in the RBS Daily Mail U15 Vase with a 21-12 win away to Winchester based Perins School.

I think I was worried that after a two-hour bus journey the boys would be lethargic, admitted Director of Rugby Gareth Jones. And, while they were the best team weve come across all season by quite a bit it was also our best performance so far.

Left-wing Elliot Joiner gave the Bath based visitors the early breakthrough they wanted, neatly cutting inside the Perins full-back to finish off some great hands from his fellow backs.

Full-back Joe Carroll converted and added the additional points to the visitors second try of the half when prop Ryan Harding bundled his way over.

Leading 14-0 at the break there was a shock in store early in the second-half as the home side cut the deficit to 14-12 and were right back in the match.

But, a converted interception try, latching on to the home full backs off-load, from Chews inside centre Lukas Gentle sealed victory and set up a long quarter-final trip to St. Clement Danes School, Chorleywood, Hertfordshire, next Wednesday, Feb 1st.

Quarter-final draw All games due to be played Wed. Feb 1

U18 Cup

Wilmslow High School v Kings School, Worcester

Old Swinford Hospital School v Lymm High School

Abingdon School v Dulwich College

Sir Thomas Richs School v St. Josephs College, Ipswich

U18 Vase

King Edwards School, Birmingham v Leicester GS

Stockport GS v The Duchesss Community High School

Reading Blue Coat/Richard Huish College v Wallington County GS

Sheldon School v Ravens Wood School

U15 Cup

Grammar School AT Leeds v Whitgift

Trinity School, Croydon/St. Benedicts v Bedford Modern

Wellington College v RGS High Wycombe

Stowe School v RGS Newcastle/Lymm HS

U15 Vase

Harrogate GS v Robert Smyth School

St. Ambrose College v Sir Thomas Richs School

St. Clement Danes v Chew Valley

Dauntseys School v New Hall

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