The third round of the U18 Aviva Premiership saw Leicester Tigers, Gloucester, and Harlequins all complete their third victories of the season, and therefore maintain their unbeaten records.
Tigers won at a canter last year and are off to a flyer again this year but Northampton Saints put them under real pressure on Saturday, with Tigers only just emerging as victors 29-26.
Harlequins toppled the previously practically unplayable London Irish at Braywick Road on Friday night. Quins won 20-13 to leave them going into their rest round with a perfect record.
Gloucesterâ€™s 22-14 victory over Worcester on Saturday morning was one of the tighter of their victories but it sets up an enticing head to head with Leicester at Hartpury College on the 5th January, a game that could go a long way to deciding the North section.
Bath picked up their first win of the competition on Friday afternoon, condemning Bristol to a third defeat in a row in the process with their 31-19 victory at Filton College.
Saracens also registered their first victory of the campaign, edging out London Wasps by a point to win 14-13 at Allianz Park, avenging the heavy defeat to London Irish on the opening weekend.
Wrapping up the action on Saturday was Leeds Carnegie v Newcastle Falcons at Queen Ethelburgaâ€™s College. Leeds turned in a superb performance to beat the Falcons 48-12, their first victory of the campaign, leaving Newcastle still winless after three games.
The league takes a break this weekend but is back fro the first weekend of the New Year, with Leeds again playing at Queen Ethelburgaâ€™s College, where they will host Northampton Saints.
That game is on Saturday 4th, when London Wasps will also be playing, they host Exeter Chiefs at Braywick Road, where London Irish and Bath will be playing on the Friday afternoon.
Also on Friday 3rd is Saracens v Bristol at Allianz Park, where Bristol will go in search of their first victory of the season, as will Worcester when they travel to Sale on the Sunday.
Surely the most anticipated clash though will be Gloucester v Leicester at Hartpury College, where the winner will become the only side in the North section to remain unbeaten.
U18 Premiership Results:
Bristol 19-31 Bath 12.00 â€“ Filton College
London Irish 13-20 Harlequins 19.30 â€“ Braywick Road
Saracens 14-13 London Wasps 19.30 â€“ Allianz Park
Worcester Warriors 14-22 Gloucester 11.00 â€“ Malvern Rugby Club
Leicester Tigers 29-26 Northampton Saints 12.00 â€“ Welford Road
Leeds Carnegie 48-12 Newcastle Falcons 12.30 â€“ Queen Ethelburgaâ€™s College
3rd/4th/5th January Fixtures:
Saracens v Bristol â€“ 13.30, Allianz Park
London Irish v Bath â€“ 14.00, Braywick Road
Leeds Carnegie v Northampton Saints â€“ 13.00, Queen Ethelburgaâ€™s College
London Wasps v Exeter Chiefs â€“ 14.00, Braywick Road
Gloucester v Leicester Tigers â€“ 13.00, Hartpury College
Sale Sharks v Worcester Warriors â€“ 14.00, Heywood Road
Previous Weekendâ€™s Results:
Exeter Chiefs 53-5 Bristol
Leicester Tigers 64-6 Worcester Warriors
Glocuester 24-7 Leeds Carnegie
Bath 12-29 Harlequins
Newcastle Falcons 26-29 Sale Sharks
London Wasps 5-34 London Irish
1 CrowtherÂ 2 FrostÂ 3 CatlinÂ 4 RiceÂ 5 EwelsÂ 6 RadfordÂ 7 HarrisÂ 8 Morris-MeanÂ 9 HomerÂ 10 JenningsÂ 11 MackenzieÂ 12 ClarkÂ 13 KellyÂ 14 AtkinsÂ 15 Coulson.
Replacements: 16 ThompsonÂ 17 JohnÂ 18 LynasÂ 19 MaylamÂ 20 BroomÂ 21 SmallÂ 22 WatersÂ 23 Whitely.
1. Jake Waterman (St Pauls Catholic College) â€¨2. Ollie Adams (St Pauls Catholic College) â€¨3. Tyler White (St Pauls Catholic College) â€¨4. Ollie Curry (Captain, St Pauls Catholic College) â€¨5. Theo Vukasinovic (Reedsâ€™ School) â€¨6. Ryan Bifield (St Pauls Catholic College) â€¨7. Greg Brown (St Pauls Catholic College) â€¨8. James McRae (Eton College) â€¨9. Conor Murphy (St Pauls Catholic College) â€¨10. Theo Brophy Clews (Abingdon School) â€¨11. Harry Lightfoot-Brown (St Pauls Catholic College) â€¨12. Ross Neal (RGS High Wycombe) â€¨13. John Williams (St Pauls Catholic College) â€¨14. Bradley Greer (John Fisher School) â€¨15. Cameron Cowell (St Pauls Catholic College).
Replacements: 16. Curtis Langdon (St Pauls Catholic College) â€¨17. George Sewell (St Pauls Catholic College) â€¨18. Max Hayes (Wellington College) â€¨19. Charlie Stonehill (St Pauls Catholic College) â€¨20. Max Berry (St Pauls Catholic College) â€¨21. Eddie Lewis (St Pauls Catholic College) â€¨22. Ross Catlin (Wellington College) â€¨23. Matt Williams (Wellington College).
Forwards: Wilkey, Adeniran-Olule, Mount, Ibuanopke, Lasis, South, White, Treadwell, Forshaw, Thomas, Cheeseman, Keunan.
Backs: Saunders, Jackson, Marchant, Hogg, Bellamin, Taylor, Sackey, Simmons, Ibitoye, Aspland-Robinson.
London Wasps N/A
15 Jon Hughes (RGS Worcester)â€¨14 Tom Horward (Warwick School)â€¨13 Matt Edwards (Hartpury College)â€¨12 Max Himbury (Worcester Sixth Form College)â€¨11 Ryan Scott-Young (Worcester Sixth Form College)â€¨10 Luke White (Bromsgrove)â€¨9 George de Cothi (Warriors);â€¨1 Joe Wrafter (Hartpury College)â€¨2 Callum Young (Bromsgrove)â€¨3 Trae O’Sullivan (Worcester Sixth Form College)â€¨4 Andrew Kitchener (Adams Grammar)â€¨5 Jamie Clegg (Bromsgrove)â€¨6 Huw Taylor (Old Swinford Hospital, Captain)â€¨7 Sam Smith (Old Swinford Hospital School)â€¨8 Andrew Boyce (Warriors).
Replacements: 16 Will Priestly (Warwick School)â€¨17 Joe White (Worcester Sixth Form College)â€¨18 Charlie Robinson (Bromsgrove)â€¨19 Miles Edwards (Worcester Sixth Form College)â€¨20 Will Elt (King’s School Worcester)â€¨21 Ben Williams (Worcester Sixth Form College)â€¨22 Jamie Shillcock (Warwick School)â€¨23 Scott Smith (Worcester Sixth Form College).
O George FosseyÂ N David WilliamsÂ M Wesley DouglasÂ L Charlie ThackerÂ K George WorthÂ J John HargreavesÂ I Emilio Fusco;Â A Owen HillsÂ B Jake FarnworthÂ C Neale FarthingÂ D Matt JonesÂ E Joe MaksymiwÂ F Josh Bevan-BrownÂ H Will OwenÂ G Charlie Beckett (c).
Replacements: P Fred Tuilagi â€¨Q George NairnÂ R Dan Hogan â€¨S Charlie Harvey â€¨T Joe Green â€¨U Munraj Atwalâ€¨V Sam Melville â€¨W Paolo Odogwu.
15 Tristan Rawcliffe 14 Josh Skelceyâ€¨13 Howard Packmanâ€¨12 Rotimi Segunâ€¨11 George Wacokecokeâ€¨10 Harry Mallinderâ€¨9 Cameron Lee-Everton â€¨1 Jake Byrneâ€¨2 James Fishâ€¨3 Oli Lamprellâ€¨4 Jordan Onojaifeâ€¨5 Josh Petersâ€¨6 George Coxâ€¨7 Lewis Ludlumâ€¨8 Ollie Lyons.
Replacements:â€¨16 Owen Griffiths 17 Harrison Marshallâ€¨18 Karl Wilkins 19 Will Allmanâ€¨20 Michael Morrisâ€¨21 Conor Bullivantâ€¨22 George Furbank.
1. Lewis Boyceâ€¨2. Jack Walkerâ€¨3. Charlie Cappsâ€¨4. Dan Preston-Routledgeâ€¨5. Guy Borrowdaleâ€¨6. Raffen Cherringtonâ€¨7. Josh Bainbridgeâ€¨8. Tom Burridgeâ€¨9. Jack Londonâ€¨10. Max Greenâ€¨11. Dan Taiâ€¨12. Max Wrightâ€¨13. Cam Leadleyâ€¨14. Nick Rawsthorneâ€¨15. Taylor Prell.
Replacements: 16. Jordon Pooleâ€¨17. Toko Tedoradzeâ€¨18. Will Scholeyâ€¨19. Harry Walesâ€¨20. Jimmy McDanielâ€¨21. Tom Bulloughâ€¨22. Ben Magee.
1 Jake Ellwood (Durham School) 2 Jack Beckwith (Barnard Castle School) 3 Lorcan O’Donnell (Gosforth Academy) 4 Michael Walton (Durham School) 5 George Hedgley (Giggleswick School) 6 Jonny Coser (Barnard Castle School) 7 Guy Coser (Barnard Castle School) 8 Callum Chick (Gosforth Academy) 9 Dan Taylor (Durham School) 10 Brett Connon (Austin Friars School) 11 Dan Marshall (Gosforth Academy) 12 Luke Wilson (Hartlepool 6th Form College) 13 Adam Redman (Durham School) 14 Callum Burn (Kirkley Hall College) 15 Johnny McPhillips (Sedbergh School).
Replacements: 16 Ben Wilkinson (Gosforth Academy) 17 James Orritt (Sedbergh School) 18 Mark Forster (Austin Friars School) 19 Aidan Coulthard (West Lakes College) 20 Theo Nwosu-Hope (Queen Elizabeth Hexham) 21 Owen Clemmett (Gosforth Academy) 22 Lloyd Purser (Durham School) 23 Dan Osborn (Gosforth Academy).