North Berwick High booked their place in the last eight of the Bell Lawrie Scottish Schools Cup with an impressive 14-7 win over Glasgow Academy at Grange Road at the weekend.
The East Lothian School reached the quarter finals of the under-18 competition with an assured display and, as a result, face George Heriot’s School.
Stewart’s Melville College and Fettes College ensured their places in the quarter finals before Christmas with wins over Galashiels Academy and The High School of Glasgow respectively.
Now Stewart’s Melville will lock horns with Hutchesons’ Grammar while Fettes College face Dollar Academy.
George Watson’s College survived a spirited display by Robert Gordon’s College to record a fine 33-7 win while George Heriot’s School maintained the strong Edinburgh presence in the competition by beating The High School of Dundee 20-13.
The tournament holders, Merchiston Castle showed that they would not be relinquishing their grip on the trophy without a fight by beating a far travelled Gordonstoun 71-0 at Colinton.
As a result, Merchiston face Watson’s in the quarter finals in an all-Edinburgh tie which promises to be a great spectacle.
On the same day, Dollar Academy beat Marr College 58-10 and Hutchesons’ Grammar School beat Morrison’s Academy 19-3 to be the only team apart from Stewart’s Melville to win away from home.
Within the group of eight surviving teams, there are four previous Cup winners with Merchiston, Dollar, Stewart’s Melville and North Berwick all former champions. Bell Lawrie Scottish Schools Cup quarter finals (to be played, Saturday January 31)
Stewart’s Melville v Hutchesons’ Grammar
Fettes College v Dollar Academy
Merchiston Castle School v George Watson’s College
North Berwick High v George Heriot’s