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Bishop Wordworth's looking to continue cup run

Bishop Wordworth's School are hoping to continue their rich history in the Daily Mail Under 18s Cup and book their place in the sixth round.

The Salisbury School have been regular cup protagonists, often making the fifth and sixth round stages and Director of Sport Marcus Hole is hoping for more of the same.

Hole said: "We have had a good run so far. This has been a nice draw for us and we want our campaign to continue. We have been regulars in the fifth and sixth rounds previously so this is where we want to be. Ideally, we want to get through to the sixth round and take on Wellington College, last year's champions. It would be great to beat them."

But before Bishop Wordworth's can look that far ahead, they have a fifth round date with Abingdon School. The Oxfordshire school booked their clash with Bishop Wordworth's after a tantalising close match against another Wiltshire School, Dauntsey's.

"We don't really have much of an idea about Abingdon School because I believe in cup rugby anything can happen," added Hole. "We beat Dauntsey's 55-6 earlier this season and they lost to Abingdon 25-29 in the last round so you could say that is a gage for us but as far as I am concerned that's irrelevant. I know we are powerful enough to take them on, but I also know their coach and I know he'll get his lads really fired up for this game.

"In our last match against Milton Abbey we should have scored more points and we have been working on those areas for improvement. However, we have come along way this season, starting the year with a whole new pack so we have had to do quite a bit of work with them.

"If we are to get past the fifth round we need to be stronger. I think we are already punching above our weight, but when you come across the likes of the Wellington College boys you know you are up against some big lads so that is a step up we might have to make."

Ivybridge Community College want cup crown

Ivybridge Community College have big aspirations this season and they don't come any bigger than been crowned Daily Mail Under 15s champions.

The Devon College, which is linked in with the Rugby Football Union's South West England Rugby Academy, have charged their way through to the sixth round, scoring an impressive 147 points and only conceding 15. Several of their players have also been selected for the Devon Under 15s squad.

Ivybridge's Academy Manager Rob Gibson said: "We are pleased to be here, but ultimately our aspiration is to win this tournament. This is a very good year group, and there is a lot of support from the academy, the school and the local clubs for this side to do well.

"Our toughest fixture to date was playing Penair. It was a game played in difficult conditions, but the lads overcame it to come out 30-5 winners. Now the competition gets tougher from here."

Indeed it does as Ivybridge's next opponents are Millfield School, finalists in the Under 15s competition last season.

Gibson added: "It's certainly going to be a tough fixture. Millfield are a good sports school and put a lot of time into it, but so do we. I think they'll be just as worried about us as we are about them. There is a real buzz in the school about this tournament and the boys are walking tall. They are encouraged by this and as long as they can keep their eye on the ball then I think we have got a real chance."

Daily Mail Under 18s South West rnd 5 fixtures (to be played December 10th):

Truro College v Filton College, Colston's School v RGS High Wycombe, Wellington College v St Peters, Gloucester, Bishop Wordworth's School v Abingdon School.

Daily Mail Under 18s South West rnd 4 results:

Plymouth College 3 Truro College 9, Exeter School 6 Filton College 24, Colston's School 56 Pate's Grammar School 9, Richmond-Upon-Thames College 7 RGS High Wycombe 51, Bloxham School 3 Wellington College 24, St Peter's, Gloucester 53 Wycliffe College 3, Bishop Wordworth's 41 Milton Abbey 10, Dauntsey's School 25 Abingdon 29.

Daily Mail Under 15s Cup rnd 6 South West Fixtures (to be played December 10th):

St Peter's High School, Gloucester v Wellington College, Sherbourne School v Clevedon Community School, Ivybridge Community College v Millfield, RGS High Wycombe v Chosen Hill School.

Daily Mail Under 15s Cup South West rnd 5 results:

Clifton College 18 St Peter's High School, Gloucester 33, Wellington College 13 Pangbourne College 0, Sherbourne School 34 Wellington School, Somerset 7, Clevedon Community School 41 Kingsmead Community School 14, Ivybridge Community College 30 Penair School 5, Corsham 3 Millfield 31, Abingdon School 18 RGS High Wycombe 22, Dene Magna School 17 Chosen Hill School 29.

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