Sedbergh have won the 2018 Daily Mail Trophy, making it back to back titles for the men from Cumbria.
They will now be eyeing up Wellington College’s three in a row record for next, but first they will be targeting a second successive unbeaten season – and with Millfield and Llandovery College to come, that will be no easy task.
They had actually sealed the title prior to Wednesday night’s epic battle with Wellington College, of which you can read more about here: Sedbergh beat Wellington College in dramatic style. Unlike last year where it was effectively a head to head for the title.
Elsewhere the Top 10 remains relative open, Rugby are currently in second but with most sides still having two games to play an awful lot could change. For instance even if Rugby beat both Oundle and Clifton, victories for Millfield over Monmouth and Sedbergh would see them pinch second place.
Currently though the Somerset men are in fourth, with Woodhouse Grove in third. The Yorkshire side have already played all of their eligible games though.
Dulwich College currently sit fifth but they could rise with victories over St Paul’s and Hampton, even without favours from elsewhere, while Clifton College’s two games against Bromsgrove and second placed Rugby over them similar opportunities. Indeed next week’s Rugby v Clifton game looks vital – the winner will surely be guaranteed a high finish while the loser may slide down a little.
Felsted are right on the cusp of eligibility, but their game against St Albans will get them past the five game mark. Even with a bonus point though they may slide down a little if the sides around them perform over the next couple of weeks.
Whitgift in 8th have a key final game against Cranleigh that could bump them up a bit, so too Berkhamsted, who could leapfrog a few sides if they win both of their next two, including one against Radley who currently lie 11th and would likely break into the top ten by beating Berkhamsted. Dean Close, meanwhile lie in tenth but with no further eligible games they lie vulnerable to the likes of Radley, Hampton, Brighton, and Hurstpierpoint in the chasing back.
Daily Mail Trophy – Top 10 (including maximum and minimum remaining points):
11th Radley College 5.20, 12th Hampton 5.03, 13th Brighton College 5.00, 14th Hurstpierpoint College 5.00.
For further details on how the Daily Mail Trophy works, please click here: Daily Mail Trophy – An explanation.
To see the full Daily Mail Trophy table, please follow this link: Daily Mail Trophy Table.