Bishop's plotting Wellingborough downfall

Last updated at 10:31 10 January 2005

Bishop of Hereford's Bluecoat School have marked 40 years of rugby at the state school with one of ther best runs in the Daily Mail U15 Cup.

Bishop's are one game away from the quarter-finals having beaten Linton Village College from Cambridgeshire 10-0 in the fifth round before


Wellingborough School stand in the way and travel to Hereford on January 12 to fight for a game in the last eight against Bradford Grammar or Durham.

"It's a big year for the school," said Steve Bradley, Bishop's coach. "For a state school to have had 40 years of continuous fixtures against public schools is a remarkable achievement and if we could go further in the Daily Mail it would make the achievement even more special."

Wellingborough have emerged as the surprise package of the competition, reaching the last 16 even though rugby is not usually played until after Christmas.

"For them to get this far in a term when they play football suggests that we cannot take them lightly," said Bradley.

"I've done a bit of homework and they have a good set of backs but they might struggle with our pack. We will be playing the game on our own

ground, on good old Hereford muck, rather than at a rugby club where a big pitch would give Wellingborough's backs the chance to shine."

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