National Schools Cup semi-finals drawn for 2023/24 competiton
Following on from the quarterfinals in the National Schools Cup competitions, the semi-finals for the 2023/24 season have now been drawn. More details can be found below.
U18 National Schools Cup
George Watson’s College were first to secure a spot in the semi-finals, narrowly defeating Strathallan on home turf, 21-17.
Edinburgh Academy triumphed on the road, beating Howe of Fife/Bell Baxter High School, 12-24.
Merchiston Castle earned their semi-final spot with a 26-13 victory over Loretto School, whilst Fettes College missed out on a coveted spot in a 34-5 loss to Stewart’s Melville.
SF1: George Watson’s College v The Edinburgh Academy
SF2: Stewart’s Melville College v Merchiston Castle School
U16 National Schools Cup
In the capital head-to-head between the Edinburgh Academy and Royal High, Accies claimed the spoils with a 35-17 win.
In a close contest, Merchiston Castle prevailed over Marr College, 24-15.
Both Stewart’s Melville College and George Watson’s College booked a semi-final spot, defeating High School of Dundee (40-5) and St Aloysius College respectively (7-36).
SF1: Stewart’s Melville College v Merchiston Castle School
SF2: George Watson’s College v The Edinburgh Academy
U18 National Schools Shield
Glasgow’s Kelvinside Academy scooped a 42-19 win over George Heriot’s for a semi-final placing, whilst Dollar Academy claimed a 19-50 victory over North Berwick High School.
Just one point separated Marr College and High School of Dundee, with the visitors edging the win (24-25).
SF1: St. Aloysius’ College v High School of Dundee
SF2: Dollar Academy v Kelvinside Academy
U16 National Schools Shield
The Glasgow derby between Glasgow Academy and the High School of Glasgow did not disappoint as only one try separated the sides at the full-time whistle, but it was the High School that claimed the win (20-25).
Elsewhere, Dollar Academy were defeated 29-37 by Hutchesons’ Grammar School, whilst Fettes defeated Linlithgow Academy 52-17.
North Berwick High School and Strathallan will face off on Tuesday 14 November to determine who plays Hutchseons’ in the semi-final.
SF1: Hutchesons’ Grammar School v North Berwick or Strathallan
SF2: Fettes College v The High School of Glasgow
U18 National Schools Plate
St Columba’s (Kilmacolm) booked their semi-final spot with a 1-33 win over Berwick, whilst Queen Victoria School triumphed over Lomond & Helensburgh (34-17).
In a tight contest between Gordonstoun School and Knox/Haddington, it was the Morayshire side that came out on top with a narrow 11-7 victory.
SF1: St Columbas’ School v Balfron HS/Strathendrick
SF2: Gordonstoun School v Queen Victoria School
U16 National Schools Plate
In a nail-biting quarterfinal, Lomond & Helensburgh emerged victorious in their fixture against St Leonards Madras Blues, 22-19.
In another hard-fought game, Lathallan just edged a win from Cumnock, 27-29.
Dunbar Grammar defeated Howe of Fife/Bell Baxter High School 76-0, whilst St Columba’s (Kilmacolm) beat Preston Lodge High School 43-21.
SF1: Dunbar Grammar School v St Columba’s School
SF2: Lomond & Helensburgh v Lathallan Schools
U18 National Schools Bowl
The Bowl quarterfinal round comprised of two x three-way round robin ties across both the U18 and U16 age groups. The winner of each round robin tie earned the home advantage in the semi-finals, and will host the second place team.
SF1: Dalkeith Rugby v Hills Rugby
SF2: Musselburgh Youth Rugby v Oban High School
U16 National Schools Bowl
SF1: Queen Victoria School v Oban High School
SF2: Lenzie Academy v Gordonstoun School