Oundle through to Quarter-Finals of NatWest Schools U18 Cup
13th February 2015

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.

Coached by 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).

Early 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.

Eventually 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 the break.

After half 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 superb.

Hopefully 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!”

Former champions 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 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.


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 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. 

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