Enniskillen Royal Grammar have been handed a tough task in the last eight of the Danske Bank Schools’ Cup with a tie against one of the tournament favourites, Wallace High School.

After a convincing victory over Grosvenor in the last 16, ERGS will face a stern test as they travel back to Belfast to face last season’s semi finalists.

Team captain Robbie Mills knows the size of the task facing the team, but he says they are ready for the challenge.

“It’s all or nothing now,” he said.

“Wallace are one of the strongest teams in the competition this year, but when it comes to the last eight teams you are always going to get someone strong. There is no draw that would have been very easy. Going away from home isn’t that pleasant but we are used to travelling at this stage of the season and we will take everything in our stride on Saturday.”

ERGS already know they can worry Wallace. They met at the start of the season and only lost out by a single point in a high scoring match, going down 36-35.

“It was a tough game but a good game,” recalled Robbie.

“We had a full strength teams and they had all their big stars back from an Ireland camp the week before, but it was October so it was early in the season. They will have improved, but then we have improved as well, so it will come down to on the day.

“We only have a few days left and we will stop thinking about them for a couple of days and focus on ourselves and go in on Saturday to try to do our best and do a job.”

It will be Enniskillen’s second consecutive quarter final. They lost out to eventual finalists Campbell College last season, and Mills believes they will benefit from that experience.

“It would be good to try to go a step better than last year and improve,” he said. “Most of the team were there last year, nearly everybody apart from maybe one or two were involved in the squad at least that day. Everyone is mature enough and they have all played enough big games. The Campbell support last year could have been quite intimidating for some teams but we will hopefully take those experiences on board and be able to settle the heads a bit quicker.”

They can go into the game boosted by their performance against Grosvenor in the last 16 match, where they ran out comfortable winners.

“It’s pretty rare, especially the last 16 of the Schools’ Cup, to win by so much,” admitted Robbie. “We had the wind in the first half which was a bit of an advantage with Storm Ciara. It was blowing straight down into the bottom corner, so we were able to build up a good lead.

“We were accurate in what we wanted to carry out. There weren’t a bad team, but I think a couple of our boys had really good games and we played well together.

“It wasn’t as strong an opposition as we have played this season but in terms of the occasion we didn’t let it get to us. There was no nerves really.

“The warm up was the same as normal and nobody got too worried about it. We took confidence in what we had done before and we knew that if one players makes a mistake then you have 14 other boys to give you a hand. We did what we tried to do and hopefully we are peaking now.”

Robbie is hoping that they will have the backing of a large travelling support for Saturday’s match.

“Hopefully we will have a big crowd up,” he said.

“There are some buses organised from the school and that will be great. The support is always good as it was last year at Campbell in the quarter final.

“The support is always key and if there was a big travelling support it would be great for all of us.”