Daily Mail/RBS U15 Cup: Berkhamsted and Kings' Winchester both impress with superb victories

Berkhamsted and Kings' Winchester made a name for themselves in the fifth round of the Daily Mail RBS U15 Cup as they took out two teams who had been showing the credentials needed to go all the way to Twickenham.

The Hampshire comprehensive caused the biggest shock, their 14-12 defeat of Whitgift being hailed as the best win in the school's history, while Berkhamsted have reached the sixth round for the first time after holding St  Benedict's, Ealing to a 12-12 draw and going through as the away side.

They do not lack belief in themselves having lost only once in two seasons and  hit St Benedict's with two tries in the first ten minutes.

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Breaking through: Inside centre Henry Bragg hands off an opponent

Mobolaji Sanusi went over in the right corner and Angus Hardy under the posts, the latter try converted by Dominic Fraser.

St Benedict's, backed vociferously by their senior players on the touchline, raised their game and with their forwards on top came back with tries from skipper Mark Makram, converted by Arthur Rogerson, and Mitch Bryant to level  the scores.

In the last five minutes of the half, Berkhamsted declined a kickable penalty, missed two scoring opportunities with ball in hand and looked to have lost their chance, especially as St Benedict's would now have the wind advantage.

The second half saw Berkhamsted pinned in their own half for long periods, but  St Benedict’s lacked any real penetration and Berkhamsted kept the penalty  count to a minimum.

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Full steam ahead: Chris Katanchian breaks down the wing for Berkhamsted

Berkhamsted could easily have won it in the end - Chris Katanchian and then Charlie Rider were hauled down and with three minutes they missed a penalty from in front of the posts.

They now make the trip to St Joseph's, Ipswich, 10-3 winners against Richard Hale, to do battle for a quarter-final place.

Reputation meant nothing for Kings' Winchester, who had been boosted by a  runaway win over RGS Guildford in the previous round, and they soon rocked Whitgift on their heels when the visitors failed to touch down a ball fly  hacked over their line, and centre James Crowley pounced to score before converting his own try.

The first half turned into a tit-for-tat battle, Whitgift rucking well and dominant in the set-pieces but King's superior in the loose and at the  breakdown.

Blindside flanker Matt Gittins and No 8 Ben Cronin were at the heart  of everything. They struck again from a counter-attack, that man Crowley stretching over the line to score again before adding the points.

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Pure delight: Berkhamsted players celebrations after their victory

It was backs to the wall for Kings' in the second half after Whitgift scored a  magnificent try after 15 phases of play.

They scored again from inside their half and an easy conversion from in front of the posts set up a nail-biting last five minutes, with Kings' scrapping successfully on their line to record a famous victory.

They have home advantage again in the sixth round and tackle another strong side from south London in John Fisher, who squeezed past Skinners 23-19 at  Tunbridge Wells.

They lost 17-8 to Whitgift earlier in the season and Dulwich are the only other team to get the better of them. Kings' have it all to do again but are relishing it.

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Kings' Winchester celebrate victory. Back Row: Conor Greene, Ben Cronan, Niall Sarkar, Alex Slowen, John Davies, Joshua Crane, Samuel Hadlington, James Crowley, Chris Keegan. Alex Cornford, George Wharf, Jonny Mousley, Rowan Holyer, Calum Galloway. Front Row: James Brooke, George Eldridge, Jack Fifield, Will Roderick, Alexander Hill, James Faulkner (c) Robbie West, Joshua Whiteford-Allen, Ben Gittins, Freddie Taylor, Harry Brown.

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