Oundle seal semi-final place in NatWest Cup
27th February 2015

Oundle became the third side to reach the U18 NatWest Cup semi-finals after defeating Lymm High School, 21-12, in a highly-anticipated match at Oundle on 12th February.

The win means Oundle will play against Bromsgrove at Allianz Park on Saturday 7th March.


The School turned out in force to support the Oundle team, with the School’s CCF Marching band providing pre-match entertainment. The atmosphere was electric as hundreds of supporters, including pupils, staff, parents and Old Oundelians, lined the sides of the pitches.


For most of the first half, Oundle stayed deep in Lymm territory, with the final score at half time a solid 11-0. Oundle’s back row, comprising the Curry twins, Tom and Ben (16) and Captain, Francis Cundell (17) lead a top notch defence. Angus McRae (16) scored two penalties and the first try of the match came from Oundle’s Toby Warner (18).




Oundle began the second half in equally convincing spirit, with Tom Curry making it 18-0 early on.  However Lymm were not a side to be defeated easily; they picked up the pace and came back strongly, scoring two tries and a conversion to narrow the gap significantly.

An anxious and tense finale lay in store, but Oundle responded positively and attacked their opponents with the intensity they demonstrated in the first half. With five minutes left to go, Angus McRae landed a further penalty making it 21-12.

Oundle’s Head of Rugby John Olver commented, “We played as well as we could have done in the first half, but massive credit to Lymm as they played with real character in the second half. They probably didn’t play to their straps in the first half.

The whole match and the atmosphere that the supporters created was a great advert for schools rugby. We don’t teach the boys anything we didn’t learn in our playing days, it’s all about looking after the ball and giving them a good outing up front!”

Headmaster of Oundle, Charles Bush added, “This was a really spirited performance by a talented team who played as a very strong unit and managed to stifle the talented Lymm backs from getting too much of the ball.  It was as good a performance as you are ever likely to see from an Oundle 1st XV side – all heart, passion and notable success.”

Oundle squad:
Myles Keane, Ali Taylor, James Keating, Max Howard, Doug Russell, Ben Curry, Tom Curry, Francis Cundell (C), George Chatterton, Freddie Johnsrud, Angus McRae, Freddy MacNaughton, Toby Warner, Oscar Marshall, Tristan Tusa
Replacements: David Golding, Ali Wright, Charlie Bradbeer, Finn Carr, James Tarbatt, Oli Trotter, Angus Wight


Background Information on Oundle School

Oundle School is situated in the quintessentially English market town of Oundle, about 90 miles north of London. The School’s buildings, dating from the 17th to the 21st centuries, are dispersed throughout the town, which is, to a large extent, its campus.


The School’s history dates back to 1556, when Sir William Laxton, Master of the Worshipful Company of Grocers and Lord Mayor of London, endowed and re-founded the original Oundle Grammar School, of which he was a former pupil. In 1876, the Grocer’s Company divided the School into two parts; Laxton Grammar School, primarily for the inhabitants of the town, and Oundle School, primarily for pupils from further afield. In 2000, the Grocers’ Company reunited the two schools under the common name of Oundle School and retained the name of Laxton for the day House.


At the beginning of the 20th century, Oundle was put firmly on the map of leading English public schools by its most famous headmaster, F W Sanderson, who established Oundle’s reputation as one of the great science and engineering schools, a reputation still renowned today. In 2007, SciTec - a major and ground-breaking new science complex - opened, housing 16 state-of-the-art laboratories. The School is now embarking on a large SciTec Campus development project which will see a new Mathematics department constructed adjacent to SciTec as well as a significant upgrade to the Design and Technology department within the Patrick Engineering Centre. Due for completion in September 2016, the development will unite Science, Mathematics, Design, Technology and Engineering both physically and philosophically, enabling pupils to move seamlessly from theory to practice and from pure science to the achievement of a workable technology. A concurrent Sports Masterplan will upgrade sporting facilities across the School over the next few years, including a new 1st XI cricket pavilion due to open April 2015. 


There are currently 1100 pupils on roll at Oundle School, with 850 boarders and 250 day pupils. Also within the Corporation of Oundle School is Laxton Junior School, a day School for children aged 4 to 11. 

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