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Midweek Review – Millfield, Wellington, and Eton all impress

It has been a brilliant midweek of school rugby once again, with some of the biggest fixtures on the calendar taking place.

Much of the attention was on the NatWest Cup, which we have reviewed elsewhere, but outside of that some outstanding teams were on show.

Filton College 19-35 Millfield

On Wednesday evening Millfield travelled to Filton College for a game that was to be the focus of Filton’s grand opening of their new 4G pitch.

Filton have had some spectacular AASE League results and were confident ahead of this one, however with Millfield also coming off the back of a smashing win away at Llandovery they also had reason to be confident.

It was Millfield who were to come away as the victors though, revelling in the way that the artificial surface lends itself to their sublime running game.

It is a spectacular result for Millfield, any win against AASE opposition is impressive but to score four tries in such a comprehensive victory speaks volumes. With just under a month until the U18 league restarts it seems certain that a fair few of these players will still be in action over Christmas.

The victory will certainly strike fear into the hearts of Millfield’s next few opponents, who will know that they are facing one of the finest sides around.

Wellington College 14-10 Sedbergh

Speaking of the finest sides around, Wellington and Sedbergh are certainly in that category.

They served up an absolute classic on Wednesday evening at Broadstreet RFC, as our report of the game says, the intensity and quality of the play both in attack and in defence was of the highest order.

Like Millfield and Filton above, both of these sides will feature heavily in the U18 League over Christmas, with some of the individual and collective talent on show on Wednesday being utterly spellbinding.

With both facing strong opposition again this weekend life does not get any easier for them but each will know after Wednesday that there are very few who can live with them.

Eton College 33-21 Marlborough

Eton produced surely their most impressive performance and result of the season on Thursday by beating the resurgent Marlborough 33-21.

They carried the momentum through from their victory over Abingdon at the weekend to stun Marlborough, who had won their last five in a row including victories over Radley and Clifton most recently.

With a weekend off now, the challenge for Eton is to sustain that level when they take on St Paul’s next weekend.

Marlborough meanwhile must regroup and make sure that while this result will have rocked them they must not let it send them back into their early season form. With Stowe and Abingdon still to play this term, plus some NatWest Cup action, they will need to be on their game – if they are, they could go very far in the Cup.

Weekend

The focus now turns to the next round of fixtures, and you can see our preview to this weekend’s schoolboy rugby action by following this link – School Rugby Weekend Preview.

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