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Review of the Weekend – School Results

The last big weekend of school rugby of the term certainly lived up to expectations, with exciting games and impressive results from all over the country.

Woodhouse Grove wrapped up the Daily Mail Trophy last week but they sealed an unbeaten season in the competition this weekend with a 43-0 victory over RGS Lancaster to really cement their impressive standing this year.

Competition Fixtures:

As ever our four Daily Mail Trophy Competition Fixtures are the main focus of our review of the weekend’s action, and what stunning fixtures and results they were.

Bedford maintained their unbeaten home record with a 22-14 victory over Stowe. Bedford have been sublime at times this year, with a heavy loss to Dulwich being the only true sour note of the season. Stowe too have been impressive and they have perhaps lost more games than they should have, given the quality of their play.

Epsom College completed a fantastic unbeaten term with an incredible 45-14 destruction of Dulwich College. Dulwich have been getting better and better with each passing week and this was expected to be a tight game but Epsom showed their outstanding quality to get this handsome win. Their only minor blemish of an outstanding term of rugby was a 20-20 draw with Brighton College, and they deserve every bit of praise that has come their way.

Warwick again showed their ability to perform well in tight games against top opposition, beating Radley College in an absolute thriller, 38-33. It crowns what has to be regarded as an excellent term for the West Midlands school, and with a 6th Round NatWest Cup tie against Bloxham still to come, it could be about to get even better.

Wellington College showed their quality to beat the excellent Tonbridge 1st XV 29-17. Tonbridge had only lost once all season, to Epsom, ten days ago but their tough end of term schedule has now seen them lost two on the bounce, first to Dulwich and then to Wellington on Saturday. Wellington now look ahead to their fixture against King’s Parramatta with great confidence as they aim to end the season on the ultimate high.

NatWest Cup

There was one fixture in the NatWest Cup this weekend, and it was to be one of the tightest games of the season as Stonyhurst beat Grammar School at Leeds 6-3 to secure their place in the 7th round, the final regional round before the quarter final draw. There they will either play Durham or Barnard Castle and given Stonyhurst’s emergence as one of the toughest schools in the North this year, they will feel that they have a strong chance of progressing to the National stages.

Around the Country

Cheltenham College’s 29-17 victory over Clifton College was particularly impressive and caps a fine season for Cheltenham, the red and black’s look likely to be a serious threat when the 7s ball gets rolling next term too.

Adams Grammar showed that they are a big threat in the Midlands B section of the NatWest Cup. They lost 15-16 to Solihull, who have been brilliant this year, but given how close it was it shows Adams Grammar’s quality.

John Fisher returned to form brilliantly after a difficult few weeks, beating St Benedict’s 32-19, while rivals Hampton beat Brighton College 16-8.

Perhaps most impressive of all though was Sedbergh’s 19-12 victory over Llandovery College, who are a fantastic side. Having beaten Millfield in midweek it capped a brilliant week for ‘The Brown’, and indeed a brilliant season.

Selected School Results 7th December 2013:

Bedford 22-14 Stowe (Daily Mail Trophy Competition)

Epsom College 45-14 Dulwich College (Daily Mail Trophy Competition)

Radley College 33-38 Warwick (Daily Mail Trophy Competition)

Wellington College 29-17 Tonbridge (Daily Mail Trophy Competition)

Stonyhurst 6-3 Grammar School at Leeds (NatWest Cup)

Adams Grammar 15-16 Solihull

AKS Arnold 15-50 Kirkham Grammar School

Ashville 0-19 Yarm

Barnard Castle 43-6 Dame Allan’s

Bedford Modern 42-14 Bishop Stortford High School

Berkhamsted 13-14 St Paul’s

Bloxham 31-7 The Oratory

Bristol Grammar School 19-27 Pate’s Grammar School

Bromsgrove 52-0 KES Birmingham

Bryanston 13-7 Canford

Cheltenham College 29-17 Clifton College

Cranleigh 47-14 Pangbourne

Denstone 7-15 King’s Macclesfield

Eastbourne College 21-22 St John’s Leatherhead

Gresham’s 12-22 Uppingham

Haileybury 10-18 Oakham

Hampton 16-8 Brighton College

John Fisher 32-19 St Benedict’s

King’s Canterbury 34-22 Sevenoaks

KCS Wimbledon 74-5 Tiffin

King’s Worcester 38-15 Old Swinford Hospital

Malvern College 19-26 Colston’s

Manchester Grammar School 20-10 Wilmslow High

Marlborough College 33-5 Abingdon

Merchant Taylors 5-59 Eton

Monmouth 33-12 Blundell’s

Reed’s 24-3 Hurstpierpoint

RGS Guildford 48-7 Judd

RGS High Wycombe 51-7 London Oratory

RGS Newcastle 3-30 QEGS Wakefield

Sedbergh 19-12 Llandovery

Sherborne 24-7 King’s College Taunton

Sir Thomas Rich’s 19-20 King’s Parramatta, Australia (Touring side)

Stamford 29-0 Loughborough Grammar School

St Joseph’s College 50-7 Northampton School for Boys

St Peter’s York 31-7 Bradford Grammar School

Trinity 41-23 Skinners’

Woodhouse Grove 43-0 RGS Lancaster

Worth 14-19 City of London Freemens

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