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NatWest Schools Quarter Finals Draw

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Last Updated: Feb 1, 2015 08:41pm
Evesham, Wychavon
By Paul Bolton
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Dulwich, the holders seeking a fourth successive Under 18s title, will host London rivals Hampton in the quarter-finals of the NatWest Schools Cup.

The draw was made at Twickenham Stadium by Ben Morgan, the England No 8, and Rob Andrew, the Rugby Football Union’s Professional Rugby Director.

Dulwich and Hampton were the last pair out in a draw which was made on a national basis after the completion of the regional rounds.

The other home ties in the Under 18s section will be staged by Oundle, who face Lymm HS, Bromsgrove or Stamford who face Dauntsey’s School from Devizes, and either St Joseph’s of Ipswich or Croydon-based Whitgift will host Wilmslow HS.

Sam Howard, the director of rugby at Dulwich, predicted another close tussle against a Hampton team who have already beaten their London rivals this season in a regular Saturday fixture, 15-7.

However, Hampton have never beaten Dulwich at Under 18 level in two previous Cup games in this national competition.

Howard added: “I’m sure they wanted to avoid us, but equally we know they are a very good side and it will be another big cup game between us.”

Dulwich, who have yet to lose at this level since first entering the competition, overcame Trinity in their last-16 tie, 21-16. The champions led 7-6 at half-time, having played against the conditions.

They led 18-6 before the home team fought back to get within a score. The outstanding moment came from Dulwich wing Reece Pinnock who raced from his own half, off a scrum, to score a memorable try which gave his team the initial advantage. The other try was a more traditional forward effort finished off by lock Charlie Dee.

Fly half Jonny Waugh kicked 11 points for Dulwich to help defeat a Trinity team whose tries came from Charles Fatoma and Nathan White.

Hampton, who opted to compete in the south west regional section this season, overcame Monmouth, 34-20, in an all-round effort which brought tries from Sam Curran, Dan Barley, Josh Amadi, Dam Hewitt and Greiogair Hogg. Ben Seddan kicked nine points.

Another outstanding try helped Dauntsey’s reach their first under-18s quarter-final. A 13-11 home win over Sherborne featured a memorable try from centre Max Romer-Lee.

Romer-Lee, who contributed all his team’s points, ran onto a kick from scrum-half Sam Tomlin before sprinting clear of the Sherborne cover.

It proved to be the crucial score in a display which included some excellent defence. Sherborne fought back to 13-11 but a last-gasp conversion fell wide. If successful it would have earned the Dorset team victory on the away rule.

The win for Dauntsey’s continues an excellent season for a team who won the under-15s vase in 2012, beating Sir Thomas Rich of Gloucester in the final. They now travel to Bromsgrove or Stamford in the quarter-final.

The two other quarter-finals will feature Cheshire schools after Lymm HS and Wilmslow HS won their regional ties in the north section.

Lymm, who travel to Oundle in the quarters, built a 27-3 lead at Hymers thanks to the organisational work of England under-18 halfbacks Mark Dixon and Alex Mitchell who scored one try alongside Joe McGrail (2), Micheal Swaden, and Drew Fray.

Wilmslow, who face either St Joseph’s or Whitgift, dominated St Peter’s of York, to win 32-3.

In the Under-15 Cup, holders Warwick, who defeated Langley School, 59-7, travel to either Wellington or Canford in the quarter-finals.

QEGS Wakefield, the runners-up last season, also have an away tie, against Dulwich or Harrow, following a 13-7 win over St Ambrose.

Northampton School for Boys, who lost to Dulwich in the under-18s final in 2013, are on the Twickenham trail once more, this time with their under-15s.

A first-half try from flanker Henry O’Donnell helped earn the Northampton team a lead of 8-7 at half-time. The other three points came from Conor Tupai, the son of former Northampton lock, Paul.

Northampton now host Wirral who toppled former under-15 champions Grammar School at Leeds, 19-5.


NATWEST SCHOOLS 2014-15

Quarter-finals - ties to be played week of February 11


Cup

Under 18s: Oundle v Lymm HS, Bromsgrove or Stamford v Dauntsey’s, St Joseph’s or Whitgift v Wilmslow HS, Dulwich v Hampton.

Under 15s: Brighton College v Ivybridge, Wellington or Canford v Warwick, Dulwich or Harrow v QEGS Wakefield, Northampton School for Boys v Wirral GS.


Vase

Under 18s: Stockport GS v Welbeck, Seevic Colle or Hurstpierpoint v St George’s Weybridge, Sheldon or West Buckland v KES Aston, Churchers Coll v Harrogate GS or Silcoates or Cheadle Hulme.

Under 15s: Simon Langton or St George’s Weybridge v Oakham, Bishop Wordsworth v Stockport GS or Hill House, RGS Newcastle v Felsted, Bishop Vesey’s GS or St Columba’s v Sherborne.

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