Two Warwick School rugby sides progress to last eight in national competitions - The Leamington Observer

Two Warwick School rugby sides progress to last eight in national competitions

Leamington Editorial 4th Feb, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016   0

TWO rugby teams from Warwick School are through to the quarter-finals of national competitions.

Warwick School has enjoyed a great run in the NatWest Cup competitions in recent years having had teams in the Twickenham finals for the past three years and the Under-15s captured the title for consecutive years in 2013 and 2014.

This year’s Under-15 side are on the march again after beating Northampton School for Boys 24-8 in the Regional Fina.

The first half proved to be a scrappy affair and after dominating most of the possession, Alex Green dived over the line and Henry Mortimer converted to put Warwick 7-0 up at half-time.

After the break Warwick used their superior fitness and handling to good effect and scored three more tries, two through captain Roger Jackson and the best try of the day was set up by the whole team and converted by Xander Eddy.

With ten minutes remaining Northampton scored a try but it proved to be too late in the game and Warwick will now face Bromsgrove School in the last eight on February 9.

The Under-18s emulated their younger counterparts by progressing through to the quarter-finals after beating Oundle School 32-7.

Tries by fullback McSharry, prop Nick Rigby and centre Will Roberts and two conversions through captain Will Stride put Warwick in a comfortable position at 19-0 at the break.

Oundle made excellent use of the wind in the second half but could only score one converted try, while flanker Joe Hill scored two tries to wrap up comfortable win.

Up next for the Under-18s is a quarter-final clash against Hampton School on Febuary 10. The Under-13s are through the semi-finals of the  School Sports Magazine National Cup and will face Bradford-based Woodhouse Grove School on February 11.

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