Oundle is the first team into the quarter-finals
of the NatWest Schools U18 Cup following a 52-12 win over
King’s, Worcester on Wednesday 21 January.
former England international, John Olver, the Northamptonshire school must now wait
for the quarter-final draw after playing its seventh round match a week earlier
than the scheduled date.
Oundle powered to success with a pack led by identical twins Ben and Tom
Curry (16) plus the accurate goal-kicking of wing, Angus McRae (16). Tries also came from Oscar Marshall (17), Freddie Johnsrud (16), Angus
Wight (15) and two from Toby Warner (18).
exchanges were very even, with Oundle having first use of the ball, although
some early pressure was squandered as the ball turned over to King's, Worcester
on occasions. The next ten minutes were tense as the opposition threw everything
at the Oundle defence and the team, under Captain Francis Cundell, were under
the cosh during some heart stopping last ditch tackles.
the Oundle XV absorbed all the pressure without any return for the King’s,
Worcester XV and in a rapid change of fortune, Oscar Marshall scored an
opportunistic try at the other end to open the scoring. Another quick try
followed by Ben Curry, with Angus McRae adding the extras. Again King’s, Worcester
pushed but the Oundle defence stood strong and repelled several further attacks
before opening up the opposition defence several more times, leading 32-0 at
time the game looked fairly secure with further tries added by Toby Warner and
Angus Wight. King’s, Worcester were awarded a penalty try at the end and scored
a last minute try, leaving the final score Oundle 52, King’s, Worcester 12.
John Olver commented,
“It was an outstanding Oundle performance considering we have had no match
practice since early December, although with King’s, Worcester being in the
same boat it was an even playing field. Some of our offloading was absolutely
with a bit of luck we can get a home draw. It’s been a great season, we have
won 12/15 and are unbeaten since half term – if we have seasons like that every
year I will be a happy man!”
Whitgift are among the teams attempting to follow Oundle into the last eight of
this national competition.
The draws for
the quarter-finals of the four NatWest Schools Cup competitions will be made
live on EnglandRugby.com on Thursday 29 January at 12.15pm. Sky Sports
presenter Alex Payne will host the draw with the schools being drawn by Rob
Andrew, the RFU Professional Rugby Director.
The quarter-finals of both competitions, along
with the NatWest Schools U18 and U15 Vase competitions, are scheduled to be
played on 11 February.
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
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 1110 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.