Brewin Dolphin Plate moves into semi-final stage

Marr College, under-18s, will look to reach the Brewin Dolphin Plate final for a second year running and defend their title as they go head-to-head with Gordonstoun in the semi-finals, following the draw for the next stage of the competition.

Marr are competing as a composite team this year with Prestwick Academy.

John Sharkey, who is involved with running the Marr team, said: “We have a new squad from last year’s competition, but having won the trophy before gives us a focus and drives us on.

“Going to Gordonstoun will be a very difficult challenge, we’re working out the logistics of that trip just now, but it has been a good season so far and we have improved as the year has gone on, plus there are some strong players in this squad, so we’ll hope to progress to the final.

“The Plate is the right level for us to compete at and we hope we can continue to do well in the competition.”

In the under-16 age-group there will be a new winner this year as current joint-champions, Jedburgh Grammar School and Bell Baxter High School are not involved at this stage.

The winner will be one of St Columba’s School, who’ll play either The Royal High School or Queen Anne School / Dunfermline High School and Glenalmond College, who’ll take on either Dunbar Grammar School or Nairn Academy in the semi-finals. The two remaining quarter-finals will be played this Friday (13 December, kick-off 2pm) and Saturday (14 December, kick-off 1.30pm) respectively.

The remaining under-18 semi-final will be played between Glenalmond College and Kelvinside Academy. All ties are to be played by Saturday 11 January 2014. Visit www.scottishrugby.org for latest fixtures times.

Brewin Dolphin Scottish Schools Plate – Under-18 semi-finals

·      Gordonstoun v Marr College/Prestwick Academy
·      Glenalmond College v Kelvinside Academy

Brewin Dolphin Scottish Schools Plate – Under-16 semi-finals

·      St. Columba’s School v The Royal High School or Queen Anne High School/Dunfermline High School
·      Queen Victoria School v Dunbar Grammar School or Nairn Academy