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St. Peter's, Gloucester looking for another cup upset

Gloucester's St. Peter's Catholic High School have swept aside two big guns in the Daily Mail RBS Under 18s Cup this season, and this Saturday they face another title favourite, St. Peter's from York, in the semi-finals.

The Gloucestershire school knocked out the reigning cup champions Wellington College in the fifth round, and then went on to record an impressive 9-7 win over Worcester VI Form College in the quarter-finals. With just their namesake now standing in their way of a second cup final Twickenham appearance in three years, St. Peter's are feeling confident.

"We have taken out two of the biggest sides in the competition, so yes it has certainly put us in a good position to try and get to the final," said their Head Coach Dave Pointon. "But the worse thing is to be complacent. St. Peter's are a great rugby school, steeped in history, and they also have a very good history in this competition."

Indeed the York side do have an illustrious history in the Daily Mail tournament. Just like Gloucester's St. Peter's they have played at England Rugby's HQ before; their last outing being in the final of the Under 18s Cup in 2005. Then, however, they had to settle for second best losing a tense final 25-23 to Exeter College.

"This is certainly going to be a massive semi-final," added Pointon, who has taken the Gloucester school to six Daily Mail Cup semi-finals in the past, and even more quarter-finals. "I know we are really up for it, and I am sure they will be too. We know very little about their side this year, but to be honest we are just concentrating on ourselves.

"Preparations have been going really well, and our captain Mike Wilcox is fit again after taking a bang to the head in the quarter-finals. He had a run out in the England Under 18 AER side, who took on Northampton Saints Academy at the weekend, and played very well. All our other lads are fit too so we are in good shape for Saturday."

The two St. Peter's clash on Saturday, kick-off 11am, at Broadstreet Rugby Club in Coventry, before the second semi-final between another South West side, Truro College, take on John Fisher School at 1pm.

St Peter's, Gloucester, last won the Daily Mail Under 18s Cup in 2006. The two sides have met once before in a tournament in Ipswich in 2006, with the Gloucester school coming out on top.

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