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Favourites progress as the Daily Mail Cup hots up

The Daily Mail Cup picked up again this week, with round 3 providing a slightly stiffer test for some sides than the previous rounds.

In cold and wet conditions across the country, there was very little opportunity for high quality rugby to break out with many reports coming back of scrappy games and ground out victories.

There were though some impressive results from some of Fifteen Rugby’s featured teams, including a 74-0 win for Colston’s over North Bristol – having Fifteen Rugby’s 500th follower, Calvin Peters, obviously put a spring in the Daily Mail Cup’s most prestigious side’s step!

Campion also continued their solid progress with a 15-10 victory over Brentwood, and become real contenders to progress from London & South East A having been riled by suggestions from this side that the quality in their draw may be too much.

Stowe also performed well with a 41-21 victory over Bloxham, though they will be disappointed to have shipped so many points to a side they were demonstrably better than.

Blundell’s almost slipped up against Bicton but snuck home to a 30-25 victory and progress to round 4, Lord Wandsworth did slip up though, losing 53-0 and will have to wait another year for a crack at the trophy.

Champions Dulwich overcame a plucky Eltham side 28-12 in a scrappy game. The 2012 winners are made of stern stuff though and went back to basics with Dom Fraser kicking his goals and two well worked tries from driving mauls off the lineout.

Oakham also sealed a place in the next round with a 23-5 win over Queen Elizabeth College. After a stop start first half of term, the second half is looking bright for the Rutland side, with two wins on the bounce. Despite that though, captain Ruaraidh Smith was disappointed with his sides performance and demanded more this weekend against Trent – something that can only bode well for them.

RGS Newcastle dispatched of Duchess’ Community High School with ease, 22-7, and having looked shaky at the beginning of the season, have developed into one of the stronger sides on the circuit, demonstrating that talent and hard work always shine through in the end.

Outside of the Cup, Millfield and Bromsgrove were also in action, both picking up narrow wins over Beechen Cliff and Kirkham Grammar respectively to continue their outstanding seasons so far.

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