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Midweek School Results – Big week in the Cup but excitement elsewhere too

It has been a busy midweek with both NatWest Cup and regular season fixtures taking place, including a couple of standout fixtures.

Tuesday

Tuesday saw St Edward’s Oxford and Radley play out a thrilling 21 all draw, with St Edward’s scoring a try in the last play to level the scores – our match report details this one.

Haileybury v The Leys was also a thriller, Haileybury just edged it, winning 24-20, getting their just rewards for their exciting style of rugby.

Wednesday

Wednesday was a busy day of Cup action as most of the loose ends in the NatWest Cup 4th Round were tied up.

The champions, Dulwich College, were in impressive form against Eltham College, winning 32-0. Looking through the draw, Dulwich are starting to look rather formidable now, as our match report explains.

Bradford Grammar School edged a tight one against St Peter’s York to progress while Sir Thomas Rich’s beat Dean Close 39-15 to set up a tie against the Cup legends that are Colston’s in the 5th round.

Oakham secured a narrow win against Leicester Grammar School and remain narrow favourites for Midlands B, though Norwich beat King’s Grantham 10-8 to become the first side in the country to seal their place in round 6.

Finally in the Cup, Truro School carried on their excellent run with a 42-10 victory of Torquay Boys’ Grammar School.

For a look at the 5th round draw in the U18 Cup, and the 4th round draw in the U15 Cup, please follow this link to our NatWest Cup summary – including the potential 6th and 7th round draws (or 5th and 6th in the case of the U15s).

Outside of the cup, St Benedict’s secured a 26-19 victory over Latymer, while RGS Lancaster and Manchester Grammar School played out a thriller, with RGS just taking it 27-24.

Thursday

Thursday was a busy day too. The highlight for many was Cranleigh v Wellington College, with Wellington looking to bounce back from defeat to Epsom at the weekend. They did so in excellent fashion, winning a good game 24-15.

Eastbourne College confounded our prediction by beating Hurstpierpoint 25-19, with a winnable NatWest Cup tie against Trinity coming up, this could be quite a healthy period for Eastbourne College.

Another hotly anticipated fixture was Oundle v Bedford. Bedford hat put fifty past Oundle on the opening weekend, and had put thirty past Radley last weekend so there were a few who feared for Oundle, particularly as their own form had been a touch patchy.

However Oundle responded to the challenge brilliantly, and though they lost, the 8-14 scoreline represented an absolutely outstanding improvement form that opening game of the season.

Sherborne survived a bit of a scare a Sexey’s to win 15-14, while Downside went down to a youthful Canford side 12-0.

After such an exciting midweek the teams will have to get their minds quickly back in focus for their Saturday fixtures, for which you can find our preview by clicking here.

Selected Midweek Results:

Tuesday:

St Edward’s Oxford 21-21 Radley College

The Leys 20-24 Haileybury

Wednesday:

Bradford Grammar School 23-17 St Peter’s York (NatWest Cup)

Dean Close 15-39 Sir Thomas Rich’s (NatWest Cup)

Eltham College 0-32 Dulwich College (NatWest Cup)

St Benedict’s 26-19 Latymer

Oakham 15-10 Leicester Grammar School (NatWest Cup)

Norwich 10-8 King’s School Grantham (NatWest Cup)

RGS Lancaster 27-24 Manchester Grammar School

Torquay Boys’ Grammar School 10-42 Truro School (NatWest Cup)

Thursday:

Cranleigh 15-24 Wellington College

Downside 0-12 Canford U17

Eastbourne College 25-19 Hurstpierpoint

Sexey’s 14-15 Sherborne

Oundle 8-14 Bedford

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