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.
As ever our four Daily Mail Trophy Competition Fixtures are the main focus of our review of the weekendâ€™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 Kingâ€™s Parramatta with great confidence as they aim to end the season on the ultimate high.
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 Stonyhurstâ€™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 Collegeâ€™s 29-17 victory over Clifton College was particularly impressive and caps a fine season for Cheltenham, the red and blackâ€™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 Grammarâ€™s quality.
John Fisher returned to form brilliantly after a difficult few weeks, beating St Benedictâ€™s 32-19, while rivals Hampton beat Brighton College 16-8.
Perhaps most impressive of all though was Sedberghâ€™s 19-12 victory over Llandovery College, who are a fantastic side. Having beaten Millfield in midweek it capped a brilliant week for â€˜The Brownâ€™, and indeed a brilliant season.
Selected School Results 7th December 2013:
Bedford 22-14 StoweÂ (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 Allanâ€™s
Bedford Modern 42-14 Bishop Stortford High School
Berkhamsted 13-14 St Paulâ€™s
Bloxham 31-7 The Oratory
Bristol Grammar School 19-27 Pateâ€™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 Kingâ€™s Macclesfield
Eastbourne College 21-22 St Johnâ€™s Leatherhead
Gresham’s 12-22 Uppingham
Haileybury 10-18 Oakham
Hampton 16-8 Brighton College
John Fisher 32-19 St Benedictâ€™s
Kingâ€™s Canterbury 34-22 Sevenoaks
KCS Wimbledon 74-5 Tiffin
Kingâ€™s Worcester 38-15 Old Swinford Hospital
Malvern College 19-26 Colstonâ€™s
Manchester Grammar School 20-10 Wilmslow High
Marlborough College 33-5 Abingdon
Merchant Taylors 5-59 Eton
Monmouth 33-12 Blundellâ€™s
Reedâ€™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 Kingâ€™s College Taunton
Sir Thomas Richâ€™s 19-20 Kingâ€™s Parramatta, Australia (Touring side)
Stamford 29-0 Loughborough Grammar School
St Josephâ€™s College 50-7 Northampton School for Boys
St Peterâ€™s York 31-7 Bradford Grammar School
Trinity 41-23 Skinnersâ€™
Woodhouse Grove 43-0 RGS Lancaster
Worth 14-19 City of London Freemens