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Your News St Peter's on road to Twickenham in the Daily Mail Cup

St. Peter's School, Gloucester, continue their march to Twickenham next week (Wednesday) when the sixth round of the Daily Mail Under 18s Cup kicks-off.

The Gloucestershire school have booked their place in the last round before the quarter-finals get underway with victories over Wellington College (6-5), Wycliffe College (53-3), Crypt Grammar School (30-0), Sir Thomas Rich School (33-0) and Chosen Hill School (3-58). Most noticeably, their win over Wellington College saw the reigning cup champs knocked out.

Dave Pointon, St. Peter's Head Coach, said: "To beat Wellington College on their turf was a great achievement for the boys. No other side has done that this season. We beat them by the smallest of margins, but I think we deserved to win it."

So does beating the reigning champions mean St. Peter's are now favourites to lift the illustrious schools' trophy? Not according to Pointon.

"Beating Wellington, and in turn knocking out the reigning champions, does of course give us a lot of confidence," continued Pointon. "I think Wellington were favourites to win it again this season so that is a good result for us.

"We are, however, taking it one game at a time, but to say we were not in this competition to win it would be wrong. We have got a lovely bunch of lads in this squad and they are a pleasure to coach. They are all making vast improvements with each round so I think quite a few things are possible this season."

Standing in the way of St. Peter's for a place in the quarter-finals is Wiltshire school Bishop Wordworth's. The Salisbury outfit have beaten any previous record they held in the Under 18s Cup this season by reaching the sixth round, and some impressive performances against the likes of Dauntsey's School proves they deserve their place in the latter stages of the competition.

"At this stage we would be very disappointed to go out, but we have to give Bishop Wordworth's the credit they deserve," added Pointon. "They have had a good season. We have never played them before so I think it is marvellous that both teams are at this stage, and certainly we are looking forward to the sixth round."

St. Peter's challenge is boosted by the inclusion of Michael Wilcox and Liam Wilkinson, who have both been named in the England Under 18s AER squad, while Bishop Wordworth's also have Tom Heathcote in the AER squad. St. Peter's last won the Daily Mail Under 18s Cup 2006.

Clevedon looking to upset the odds

Clevedon Community School may not be regular Daily Mail Cup protagonists, but if their past record of producing school boy internationals is anything to go by they shouldn't be taken lightly.

The North Somerset school has seen six of their boys go on to play school boy international rugby and beyond over the last ten years, most noticeably Huw Bennett, the Ospreys and Wales hooker, and Nathaniel Catt, who's currently with Guinness Premiership side Bath and was a regular starter for England Under 20s last season.

Clevedon, who last reached the final eight of the Daily Mail Cup last 11 years ago, are certainly setting the competition alight this season and on Wednesday January 21st they will bid to secure their place in the Under 15s Cup quarter-finals, with a tough tie against Wellington College.

Master in Charge of Rugby David Owen, who co-coaches the team alongside Kevin McCarron, says much of Clevedon's success has been down to the sheer hard work and dedication of the players.

He said: "We are a fully comprehensive school and we only play other comprehensives in our area, so to get this far is fantastic. I am so proud of the boys. Their attitude is amazing, as is their work ethic. They were at the school at 730 this morning for training, and that's not unusual as they regularly do most of their training before and after school. That's real commitment for you."

Clevedon booked their place in round seven after victories over Sherborne School (3-24), Kingsmead Community School (41-14), Colston's School (19-18), Beechen Cliffe School (7-17) and Priory Community School (41-12). Next they face the reigning Under 15s champions Wellington College.

Owen added: "Wellington obviously have an impressive reputation in this competition, and they are the reigning champions, but we are going to go there and really give them a game. The boys and the coaching staff are really looking forward to the match. To be honest we didn't expect to be in the seventh round, but hard work has got us here, so you never know what might happen. It's going to be a great test for us."

Daily Mail Under 18s Cup RND 6 draw (to be played Jan 21st):

Truro College v RGS, High Wycombe,

St Peter's, Gloucester v Bishop Wordworth's School.

Daily Mail Under 18s Cup RND 5 Results:

Truro College 25 Filton College 22, Colston's School 16 RGS, High Wycombe 17, Wellington College 5 St. Peter's Gloucester 6, Bishop Wordworth's School 30 Abingdon School 5.

Daily Mail Under 15 Cup RND 7 draw (to be played Jan 21st):

Wellington College v Clevedon Community School, Ivybridge Community School or Millfield School v RGS, High Wycombe.

Daily Mail Under 15s Cup RND 6 results:

St. Peter's High School, Gloucester 12 Wellington College 12, Sherborne School 3 Clevedon Community School 24, Ivybridge Community School Millfield School (to be played), RGS, High Wycombe 40 Chosen Hill School 0.

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