The school rugby fixtures just keep on coming as we move straight into a busy midweek schedule after a weekend of interesting results from across the country.
The NatWest Cup got underway last week with byeâ€™s dominating the fixture card but there are a few interesting fixtures to be played in the revamped tournament this Wednesday after they were unable to be fulfilled last week.
Our attention this midweek will still mainly be focused on the Daily Mail Trophy, which has some bumper fixtures this week. The NatWest Cup will begin to move into sharper focus on the 2nd October when the second round commences.
To the present though, today we travel to Bedford to see them take on rivals Harrow School.
Both have had what you might describe as â€˜mixedâ€™ starts to the season. Bedford began with a superb 50-10 trouncing of Oundle before successive defeats to Northampton School for Boys and Uppingham rather took the shine off that victory.
Harrow opened with a rather sobering defeat by Epsom, 51-5, following a victory against their Old Boys in their traditional season opener. However defeat by just a point to RGS High Wycombe at the weekend has seen a renewed sense of optimism surround the Harrow camp, they know that to have pushed RGS that close is impressive.
Much could depend on how the weather holds out for in good conditions Bedford are an excellent side to watch, playing one of the most expansive brands of rugby in the country. In either case it ought to be a good game and one with plenty of indications for the rest of the season.
Also playing today are Clifton College and Queen Elizabethâ€™s Hospital, and Malvern College v St Edwardâ€™s Oxford.
After Cliftonâ€™s superb victory against Bryanston at the weekend it is hard to see past them for their game against QEH, the confidence boost that they will have taken from that win will surely be irrepressible.
Malvern v Teddyâ€™s is a little tougher to settle on, both have had mixed results so far this year and are looking to settle into a rhythm for the season. Our hunch is that St Edwardâ€™s may just have enough in this one but it should be close.
On Wednesday our focus shifts to the West Midlands where we hope to watch Solihull take on Stowe.
Solihull have had an excellent start to the season while Stowe have slipped somewhat after showing all the signs at the Tynedale Festival of a side that would be competing with the best this year.
Wednesday will be a chance for Stowe to restore that reputation before it gets a chance to truly be lost, while for Solihull it is a further chance to demonstrate their quality this year.
Also worth keeping en eye out for tomorrow is Abingdon v Magdalen College and Sir Thomas Richâ€™ v RGS Worcester.
Both ought to be good contests, with Abingdon v Magdalen College of particular interest to us with Abingdon looking like a side with some potential this year.
There are also three particularly interesting NatWest Cup fixtures on Wedneday; Hurstpierpoint v Worth, Christâ€™s Hosptial v Seaford and Lymm High v St Ambrose College.
In each of those fixtures a top quality school side will be left out of the NatWest Cup right at the first hurdle, a cruel blow for what will be three very decent sides.
Thursday takes us to Radley to watch them take on Eton College in one of the most prestigious fixtures on the calendar. Both suffered defeats this weekend, Eton to Tonbridge and Radley, surprisingly, to St Paulâ€™s. They will both be looking to bounce back fast as both have the ability to finish high on the Daily Mail Trophy table this season.
Also worth looking out for on Thursday is Monkton Combe v KES Bath.
Friday night fixtures are always a great occasion, however KCS Wimbledon v Berkhamsted ought to be particularly special. There is a great atmosphere and momentum building around the KCS squad this season and after their 29-26 victory against back to back Schools Cup champions Dulwich College at the weekend that momentum has built even further â€“ Friday night out to be a loud and boisterous affair.
Fixtures (Predicted winners in Italics):
Bedford v Harrow
Clifton College v Queenâ€™s Elizabeth Hospital
Malvern College v St Edwardâ€™s Oxford
Solihull v Stowe
Abingdon v Magdalen College
Sir Thomas Richâ€™s v RGS Worcester
Hurstpierpoint v Worth (NatWest Cup)
Christâ€™s Hospital v Seaford (NatWest Cup)
Lymm High v St Ambrose College (NatWest Cup)
Radley v Eton College
Monkton Combe v KES Bath
KCS Wimbledon v Berkhamsted
Do let us know your scores as and when they come through, we are also always delighted to hear your match reports/photos/videoâ€™s, you can send them to us either through Twitter, Facebook, Email, or via the contact form below. Good luck this week!