We have had yet another weekend of drama on the school rugby scene this week, with some startling and impressive results coming through.
As ever, we begin our round up of the weekend with our four Daily Mail Trophy competition fixtures, and they most certainly did not disappoint.
Monmouth surprised the overwhelming majority of our entrants by beating Bromsgrove by a single point, 6-5, proving their quality.
More clear cut, and in astonishing fashion, was Bedfordâ€™s 31-0 victory over Radley. Bedford were the marginal favourites for this but very few outside of the school would have predicted such a dominant win for them. It is certainly a sign of just how good they are though when on their game.
Another equally dominant display and result was Tonbridgeâ€™s 32-3 victory over St Paulâ€™s. Tonbridge have a proud rugby history and they have been living up to it this season, but even so, this result is a magnificent one.
The fixture from our competition that had the most debate over it though was Whitgift v Dulwich. Two of the finest sides of the last four or five year going head to head was a clash that few could resist debating, and choosing a favourite was nearly impossible.
As it was, Whitgift were the ones to take it, winning 15-8 and demonstrating in the process that having wobbled at first against the big sides this season they are now firmly in form after beating John Fisher and Dulwich in the same week. It should make their trip to Millfield at the weekend doubly interesting. Dulwich must regroup fast though, they have a 4th Round NatWest Cup tie against Eltham on Wednesday.
Two results outside of competition really caught the eye though, Wellington v Epsom and Campion v Hampton.
Wellington and Epsom have been two of the finest sides in the country this year, however Epsom have not had a great record against Wellington of late meaning that the home side went in as favourites.
Epsom were not to be intimidated though and turned in a brilliant performance to beat Wellington 18-16, confirming their status as one of the best in the country and condemning Wellington to a second Saturday defeat in a row.
The achievement is made all the more impressive though given that Wellington beat the excellent Sedbergh 1st XV in midweek, though that may have taken a little out of the legs from this already injury depleted Wellington side.
The result also goes to show just how impressive Brighton Collegeâ€™s draw with Epsom was last week.
Campionâ€™s result at Hampton was even more surprising, while Campion have been playing well this year and have the history of being School Cup champions just over a decade ago, Hampton were the clear favourites heading into this one.
Hamptonâ€™s midweek cup win over KCS Wimbledon only served to heighten that belief but Campion performed excellently to achieve a surprising and impressive 18-17 victory, putting them firmly on the map.
Millfield rounded off a spectacular week by beating Blundellâ€™s 24-3, making it three big away wins in eight days for the famous South West school.
RGS High Wycombe are in similarly good form, they beat Bryanston 22-9, while this yearâ€™s excellent Cheltenham College side notched up another victory, this time a 25-7 victory over Abingdon.
In the North there were three impressive results, starting with Sedberghâ€™s quick return to winning ways after losing to Wellington in midweek, they beat Kirkham Grammar School 36-0.
Woodhouse Grove recovered from their shock NatWest Cup exit by beating the excellent Grammar School at Leeds side 27-5, while Durham beat Yarm 48-5 in yet another impressive display, setting things up very nicely for their huge clash with Woodhouse Grove this weekend â€“ one of the fixtures of the season.
Oakham beat local rivals Oundle 17-5 as they prepare for a big NatWest Cup tie in Midlands B, a section that they will have serious thoughts about winning.
Also in that section are Old Swinford Hospital and RGS Worcester and they played their 4th Round tie on Saturday, a game that turned out to be a thriller.
Old Swinford Hospital held the lead in the game but a dramatic and controversial late RGS Worcester try sent them through to the 5th Round, where they will face Adams Grammar School. Should they beat Adams Grammar, and Kingâ€™s Worcester beat King Edward VI, then the two great Worcester rivals would meet in the 6th round, a thrilling prospect.
Selected School Results:
Monmouth 6-5 Bromsgrove (XV Competition Fixture)
Whitgift 15-8 Dulwich (XV Competition Fixture)
Tonbridge 32-3 St Paulâ€™s (XV Competition Fixture)
Bedford 31-0 Radley (XV Competition Fixture)
Wellington College 16-18 Epsom College
Campion 18-17 Hampton
Blundellâ€™s 3-24 Millfield
Abingdon 7-25 Cheltenham College
Bryanston 9-22 RGS High Wycombe
Durham 48-5 Yarm
Kirkham Grammar 0-36 Sedbergh
Grammar School At Leeds 5-27 Woodhouse Grove
Oakham 17-5 Oundle
Old Swinford Hospital 6-10 RGS Worcester (NatWest Cup)
Kingâ€™s Worcester 10-32 Bristol Grammar
Canford 27-34 Sherborne
Hurstpierpoint 3-24 Cranleigh
John Fisher 64-15 Judd
Lord Wandsworth College 17-26 Shiplake
KCS Wimbledon 22-19 RGS Guildford
Skinnersâ€™ 39-32 Eastbourne
Seaford 0-14 Worth
Stonyhurst 27-14 Ampleforth
Northampton School for Boys 0-47 Warwick
Adams Grammar 3-16 Kingâ€™s Macclesfield
Barnard Castle 41-0 QEGS Wakefield
Bradford Grammar 67-5 Mount St Maryâ€™s
Caterham 25-32 Sevenoaks
Colstonâ€™s 0-33 Kingswood
Downside 12-17 Prior Park
KES Birmingham 0-31 Solihull
St Peterâ€™s York 30-15 RGS Newcastle
Stowe 23-7 Uppingham
Stamford 50-5 Worksop
Brighton College 15-7 Portsmouth Grammar School
St Johnâ€™s Leatherhead 13-6 Reedâ€™s