Inaugural Bowl and Plate winners crowned at Worcester

  • Worcester host first ever Bowl and Plate finals
  • Four matches played throughout the day 

Worcester’s Sixways Stadium played host to the inaugural Bowl and Plate finals in the NatWest Schools Cup this week.

This season the NatWest Schools Cup competition was restructured so that teams knocked out in the first round of the Cup were able to compete for the Plate and those knocked out of the Vase to compete for the Bowl.

With schools able to choose whether to enter the Cup or Vase in the first place, the playing field has been levelled which has meant more exciting and closer matches.

The day began with Beths Grammar School beating Pocklington in the U15 Bowl in a tense opening game.

Beths’ No 8 Daniel Ademola proved to be the difference, who scoring four tries and was deservedly named Man of the Match.  

The following match between Sir Thomas Rich’s and St. Pauls in the U15 Plate was a lower scoring affair but equally as tense.

Sir Thomas Rich’s emerged the narrowest of winners, winning 6-3 thanks to two first-half penalty goals from hooker Luke Carr.

It was the Gloucester academy’s first national title after two previous defeats in U15 national finals.

Into the senior games and Old Swinford were able to hold off a fightback from St Olave’s to win 24-13 in the U18 Bowl final.

The last time Old Swinford Hospital were in a national final they came up against Dulwich College who dominated the U18 Cup for three years.

This time the Stourbridge school were the stronger team, running out winners by four tries to two.

Reigate Grammar School were the fourth and last champions at Worcester’s Sixways Stadium in the U18 Plate but they had to survive a few anxious moments in the closing stages before accepting a first title.

They beat Solihull 20-16 in one of the day’s closest games, with Solihull mounting a comeback through prop Henry Nicholls five minutes from time.