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Whitgift up and running with Presidents Cup win

Whitgift put down a serious marker yesterday as the won the Presidents Cup pre season festival at Esher RFC this weekend.

The 2010 and 2011 Daily Mail Cup winners defeated a Brighton College development XV, Henley College, and John Fisher to lift the trophy.

The tournament was split into two groups with Whitgift, Brighton and Henley contesting one and John Fisher, Hampton and Abingdon the other.

Whitgift were the clear winners of their group, progressing to the final with a 50-0 aggregate scoreline, however the other group was less clear-cut. Both John Fisher and Hampton beat Abingdon and they then drew with each other 0-0.

That result meant that John Fisher went through to the final, courtesy of their greater winning margin over Abingdon, leaving Hampton – last year’s Daily Mail Cup semi finalists and a thrilling attacking side – to contest the third place play off with Henley College, which they narrowly lost 5-0.

The main focus of attention was on the final between Whitgift and John Fisher though, two schools who got to know each other well last season when they both had quality outfits, and the same could be said this year. Fisher put up a good fight but Whitgift came out on top to win it 10-0.

In the fifth place play off Brighton’s Development XV recovered from what had been a testing day to beat Abingdon 15-0, it can be said with some confidence though that once Brighton College bring out some of their star men then 5th place play offs will be a rarity for them this year.

All six schools will be expecting to fight it out amongst the upper echelons of the school game this year though, Henley College in the AASE tournament, and Brighton, Whitgift, Abingdon, Hampton and John Fisher on the regular schools circuit, in which they all have some of the toughest fixture schedules around.

Presidents Cup Results:

Final – Whitgift 10-0 John Fisher

3rd Place – Henley College 5-0 Hampton

5th Place – Brighton College 15-0 Abingdon

Group Stage:

Whitgift 30-0 Brighton College

Whitgift 20-0 Henley College

Henley College 10-5 Brighton College

John Fisher 0-0 Hampton

John Fisher 25-5 Abingdon

Hampton 15-10 Abingdon

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