The unpredictable nature of the 2013/14 school rugby season was shown again this weekend as again there were no winners of our Daily Mail Trophy competition.
Of the four fixtures in our competition Wellington v Whitgift was perhaps the most hotly anticipated. Victory against Dulwich and a huge win over Marlborough had Wellington on the tip of every tongue again, whilst Whitgift are widely expected to be one of the strongest teams around this year.
That Wellington put on such a dominant display to win 28-6 therefore shows just how good they are this season, and puts them firmly in the hunt for our first Team of the Month award of the season.
Also featured was RGS Newcastle v Barnard Castle. We had Barnard Castle as favourites after RGSâ€™ slow start to the season but the Newcastle boys put us to shame as they turned in a top performance to win 22-15 as Andy Watt told us in his report.
Cheltenham piled further misery on Marlborough by beating them 24-5, their first win of the season, we will be in Cheltenham today to judge their form for ourselves as they take on Pateâ€™s Grammar.
Our final Competition fixture was Colstonâ€™s v Kingâ€™s Worcester. Many expected a tight game but Colstonâ€™s were by all accounts magnificent to shut out the KSW attack to win 15-0, backing up their victory against Blundellâ€™s last week as their season begins to take shape.
Millfield v Bryanston has been one of the most heavyweight fixtures on the calendar in recent years but Millfield put in a storming display to condemn Bryanston to a second defeat in a row with a stunning 41-25 victory. Millfield seem to have gone from strength to strength this month and like Wellington must surely feature highly in our Team of the Month debate.
Likewise Sedbergh who completed an unbeaten September with an excellent 54-17 victory against Merchiston Castle. Theirs was not the only high scoring victory for a northern side as Durham beat Dame Allanâ€™s 59-10, Woodhouse Grove beat Wilmslow High 48-3 and Kingâ€™s Macclesfield stunningly beat Lymm High 93-7. Quite a weekend in the North of England.
Down in the Midlands Bedford continued their fine form after that victory against Harrow to beat a strong Stamford side 22-17 away from home â€“ Stamfordâ€™s first home defeat since the 2010/11 season.
Northampton School for Boys suffered a tough blow after a strong start to the season as they fell 41-12 to the juggernaught that is the Solihull 1st XV this season.
Back down in the South RGS High Wycombe blew a commanding half time lead to end up losing 20-19 to John Fisher, completing an unbeaten September for the Croydon School.
Rounding up the (extended) weekend was Sherborne v Prior Park at the Rec in the Bath on Monday night. Last year it was a tight game with both sides possessing plenty of players to keep the Bath scouts interested, unfortunately for the neutrals this year was a more one sided affair with Sherborne running out 59-0 winners in the end, notching up their third win of the month.
Cheltenham 24-5 Marlborough (DMT Competition Fixture)
Colstonâ€™s 15-0 Kingâ€™s Worcester (DMT Competition Fixture)
RGS Newcastle 22-15 Barnard Castle (DMT Competition Fixture)
Wellington 28-6 Whitgift (DMT Competition Fixture)
Ampleforth 19-36 St Peterâ€™s York
Bedford Modern 39-21 QEH Barnet
Stamford 17-22 Bedford
Kingâ€™s College Taunton 17-27 Blundellâ€™s
St Johnâ€™s Leatherhead 12-25 Brighton College
Oundle 10-13 Bromsgrove
Millfield 41-25 Bryanston
Campion 29-5 Mill Hill
Cranbrook 20-10 Worth
DABS 10-59 Durham
Trinity 7-52 Dulwich
Haileybury 20-20 Merchant Taylorsâ€™
St Albans 13-19 Hampton
John Fisher 20-19 RGS High Wycombe
St Ambrose 12-29 Kirkham Grammar
Kingâ€™s Macclesfield 93-7 Lymm High
Merchiston Castle 17-54 Sedbergh
Old Swinford Hospital 22-3 Nottingham High
Warwick 22-10 Oakham
RGS Guildford 7-24 St Paulâ€™s
RGS Lancaster 0-41 Grammar School at Leeds
Wilmslow High 3-48 Woodhouse Grove
Denstone 3-32 Ellesmere
NSB 12-41 Solihull
Sherborne 59-0 Prior Park