Cheltenham College Junior Colts are through to the last sixteen of the Natwest U15 Cup, after sealing an impressive 21 -12 win at Oakham School in Round 4. The competition is the biggest schools rugby tournament in the world, with the under 15 level attracting over 500 entries from across the country.
The first half was closely contested, with College opening the scoring through open side flanker Edward Hitchins (4th, NH) after some excellent driving lineout work from his fellow members of the forward pack. The home side then replied with a try of their own but just before the interval, College extended their narrow lead with a try from skipper Sebastian Blake (4th, BH). A conversion a piece for Gus Milton (4th, XT) and Charlie Davison (3rd, BH) made the half time score 14 – 5.
The win was made secure, midway through the second half, when centre Louis Hillman-Cooper (4th, S) scored an excellent try underneath the posts. Charlie Davison once again added the extra 2 points and despite a late converted Oakham score, College held on for a much-deserved win.
This excellent result, together with earlier victories over The Bishop of Hereford's Bluecoat School (41-0), The King's School, Worcester (13-10) and Bromsgrove School (12-8) have secured a fifth-round tie against former champions Warwick School.
Cheltenham College Junior Colts: Sid Mitchell (4th, NH), James Whittal (4th, NH), Charlie Davison (3rd, BH), Louis Hillman-Cooper (4th , S), Charlie Anton-Smith (3rd , S), Gus Milton (4th , Xt), Zach French (3rd , H); Seb Blake (captain) (4th , BH), Charlie Gardiner (4th , NH), Cameron Stevens (4th , BH), Bryn Fair (4th , BH), Archie Garbutt (4th , S), Simon Oates (3rd , Xt), Ed Hitchins (4th , NH), Jude Clayton (4th , BH).
Replacements: Ed Hartley (3rd , H), Munaki Munjanganja (3rd , BH), Ben Percival (3rd , NH), Seb Cornwell (3rd , Xt), Seb Kimber (3rd , NH), Hamish-James Anderson (4th , H), Ethan Harney (4th , L).