On Saturday, Merchiston were unbeaten in Group 3 to finish top after achieving wins over Whitchurch High School (24-10), Gordon’s School (34-0) and Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe (12-6) in qualifying for the Cup.
On Sunday, they defeated Denstone College 17-0 and Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Wakefield (17-10) before losing to eventual winners Cranleigh (0-12).
“Finishing third was very creditable. It was an amazing effort from the boys,” said the Merchiston coach, Roddy Deans.
Merchiston’s excellent performance will boost their confidence for their cup quarter-final against Edinburgh Academy. They reached the last eight by defeating Biggar High School 24-8 last week, while Dundee High School were 35-26 winners over George Heriot’s School. Stewart’s-Melville Collegemet resistance from Glenalmond before winning 18-10 to join them.
A thrilling contest at Newfield resulted in a 26-24 win for Loretto over Strathallan.
Loretto will face defending champions George Watson’s College at Myreside. The other quarter-final matches are Dundee High School v Stewart’s-Melville College, Merchiston v Edinburgh Academy and Dollar Academy v Fettes College.
In the under-16 Cup matches played last week, Merchiston defeated Morrison’s Academy 53-0, while Stewart’s-Melville College edged out Preston Lodge High School 36-31 to reach the quarter-finals.
St Aloysius College and Fettes College had already booked their places.