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Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Wakefield are the only Northern school still campaigning on two fronts as the Daily Mail RBS Schools Cup competition reaches its closing stage, with teams now only two wins away from a place in Finals Day at Twickenham on Wednesday, March 31, 2010.

QEGS have three hurdles still to negotiate in that they have a delayed Round Seven tie at Barnard Castle School to deal with. This week's heavy frost in the North has forced the teams to consider contingency plans for tomorrow's scheduled meeting.

Said Luke Monument: "We are due a thaw before tomorrow afternoon, but we may have to switch the game to Darlington Mowden Park. We both need to get the Quarter-final played next week, so we need to find an alternative venue if we can.

"So far as the game is concerned, we were very evenly matched when we met QEGS in a pre-season tournament at Barnard Castle. From our perspective, we have a strong squad which is much the same standard as last year - possibly a touch stronger.

"We don't have any of the stars we've had in recent seasons and there's no-one in the England set-up, but we have three lads in the North squad."

Having reached Twickenham three times in the last eight years and lost in the final on each occasion, 'Barnie' know all about the disappointments of knockout rugby, but each year they bounce back under Martin Pepper's guidance.

Whoever wins the tie, however, faces a stiff test in the shape of a Quarter-final visit to perennial Daily Mail RBS challengers RGS High Wycombe, who are in the Quarter-finals of both the Under 15 and Under 18 Cup competitions.

RGS Newcastle are also on the road in the last eight of the Under 18 Cup when they travel to The Skinners' School, Tunbridge Wells, while in the last eight of the Under 15 Cup, Wilmslow High School and QEGS Wakefield have home advantage against Bedford School and Oundle respectively.

Also keeping a weather eye scanned are Under 18 Vase rivals Manchester Grammar and Ermysted's Grammar from Skipton, who are hoping to play tomorrow (Thursday) at Manchester if the weather eases. If there is no break in the frost, the game will move to Friday and, if necessary, Saturday.

Sandbach School are only two wins from Twickenham and now await the winners of the St Columba's College/Worksop College tie, while in the Under 15 Vase Quarter-finals, Lymm High School and Harrogate Grammar have home ties against Queen Elizabeth's GS, Ashbourne and Bromsgrove School respectively.

Finals day in the four Daily Mail Schools Cup competitions is at Twickenham Stadium on March 31, 2010.

Daily Mail RBS Schools Under 18 Cup quarter finals.

The Skinners' School, Tunbridge Wells v Royal Grammar School, Newcastle; Stowe School, Buckingham v Warwick School; Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe v Barnard Castle School or QEGS Wakefield; Whitgift School v Bishop's Stortford High School.

Daily Mail RBS Schools Under 18 Vase quarter finals:

Sandbach School v St Columba's College or Worksop College; Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College v Manchester Grammar School or Ermysted's Grammar School; The Coopers' Company and Coborn School v Henley College; Norwich School v Farmor's School.

Daily Mail RBS Schools Under 15 Cup quarter finals:

Wilmslow High School v Bedford School; Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield v Oundle School; Warden Park Comprehensive School v Sherborne School or Wellington College; Hampton School v Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe.

Daily Mail RBS Schools Under 15 Vase quarter finals:

Lymm High School v Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Ashbourne; Harrogate Grammar School v Bromsgrove School; Brighton College or Framlingham College v Beaufort Community School; St Columba's College v King's College, Taunton or Sir Thomas Rich's.

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