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Truro College face unchartered territory when they take on Lymm Hill School in the quarter-finals of the Daily Mail Under 18s Cup.

The Cornish side have only ever made the last 16 of the premier cup competition before, but this time around they are hoping they can go all the way to the Twickenham final.

"We have got a pretty strong team so we thought we could do well this season," said Truro's Steve Larkins, who coaches the side alongside Ricky Pellow and Will Davis. "The furthest we have got before is the last 16 and although we have had strong teams previously, we have always had a tough draw and sometimes lacked a little luck in the tight games. Maybe this year will be our year."

Truro have battled their way into the last eight after wins over Kingsbridge Community College, Exmouth Community College, Exeter College, Plymouth College, Filton College and RGS High Wycombe.

"It hasn't been the easiest of rides getting this far, "added Larkins. "We had a close game against Filton College, but won in the end with a penalty try in the dying minutes of the match. RGS High Wycombe was also tough but we won comfortably in the end."

For Truro College a date in the final at England Rugby HQ on April 1st would be a dream come true, as Larkins, who's experienced first hand playing on the hallowed turf of Twickenham, readily acknowledges.

"I played for Cornwall in the County Championship Final in 1999 and for Mounts Bay in the EDF Energy Intermediate Cup Final two years ago and I can say it's a wonderful feeling you never forget.

"I know the prospect of playing at Twickenham is already in the back of the players' mind and I can't blame them for getting excited about it. I hope they get their chance."

First Truro College must overcome their quarterfinal clash against Lymm Hill School, and with the likes of Canadian Under 20s international Kyle Armstrong, England Under 20 squad member Josh Mataves and USA Eagles senior international Hanno Durksen in their side they have good reason to be confident.

Larkins added: "We know a little bits and pieces about Lymm Hill, but they are one of the few teams we have never played before. We are playing them away which is over 320 miles away, but as a Cornish side we are used to having to travel along way to play other sides. That won't bother us. We have got a confident group of lads, a strong all round team who knows how to play good rugby."

Millfield on track for third Daily Mail cup final

Millfield School are just two rounds away from reaching a third Daily Mail Under 15s Cup final.

The Somerset side face Bedford School in next week's quarterfinal clash, but Master in Charge of Rugby Trevor Greenhill says his side aren't thinking about another final just yet.

"We are just pleased to be in the quarterfinals," said Greenhill, whose side have been cup runners-up in 2003 and 2008 "Our target was always to reach the last eight and anything after that is a bonus.

"Our aim is for the boys to enjoy their rugby and the experience and for us to perform to the best of our abilities. Winning the final is not everything to us."

Like Millfield Bedford also have the experience of playing in a Twickenham final before having won the Under 15s trophy in 2006, but Greenhill says his side aren't worrying about the opposition but thinking about their own game.

He added: "We are not one of those sides that check out our opposition keenly, so to be honest we know very little about Bedford. Obviously they have won it before and they must have a good bunch of players as they are through to the quarterfinals.

"We want to concentrate on our own game. That's what important for us. The team have been developing and growing together and they have got real talent and potential and I think now they are capable of getting into the final.

"I wouldn't say there is any real stand out players in the squad. We're not hugely physical or extremely fast and we haven't got any England Under 16s lads either, but we are a good team. They work extremely hard and make sensible decisions. All our players contribute relatively evenly and that works for us."

Daily Mail Under 18s Quarterfinal Draw (To be played February 11th):

Lymm Hill School v Truro College, Moulton College v John Fisher School, St. Benedict's School (Ealing) v St. Peter's School (York), St. Peter's Catholic High School and 6th Form Centre v Worcester Sixth Form College

Daily Mail Under 18s RND 6 South West Results:

Truro College 31 RGS High Wycombe 13, St Peter's Gloucester 25 Bishop Wordworth's School 12

Daily Mail Under 15s Quarterfinal Draw (To be played February 11th):

St. Ambrose College v Northampton School for Boys, Wellington College v Judd School, Bedford School v Millfield School, Hampton School v Barnard Castle School.

Daily Mail Under 15s RND 7 South West Results:

Wellington College 19 Clevedon Community School 12, Millfield School 10 RGS High Wycombe 3.

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