The start of a new month means that it is time to select a fresh School Team of the Month.
Atrocious weather conditions are what February will largely be remembered for as hundreds of fixtures were forced to be cancelled, while the first few big sevens tournaments of the season were all washed out too, much to the dismay of players and supporters alike.
Couple that with an already short month that also includes a mid term break, and there was very little rugby being played during February.
That said, what little rugby that was played was of the highest quality. The month began with the last remaining regular season fifteen-a-side fixtures, before the NatWest Cup quarter finals were upon us, and as the month drew to a close â€“ some seven-a-side action, finally.
This month we also introduced the chance for our readers to vote for which side they believe should be the Team of the Month, a vote that ended with a runaway winner.
Naturally, the sides that were most considered both for the public vote, and for our own decision were the semi finalists for both the NatWest Cup and the NatWest Vase. However Brighton Collegeâ€™s victory at the Hampton School Foundersâ€™ Day 7s on Wednesday, where they beat Whitgift in a gripping final, threw them into the mix too.
Reflecting on the possible options, for us the four NatWest Cup semi finalists were the major contenders, each had come through incredibly tough quarter finals to progress and had had to show incredible determination and strength, and an ability to adapt their games to fit to the atrocious conditions.
Our readers clearly agreed, 98% of the votes were for sides from the final four in the NatWest Cup, Durham, Dulwich College, RGS High Wycombe, and Warwick.
Each had strong cases for being the team of the month, and had performed exceptionally well, however our public vote was very clear on the winner, with over 50% of the votes cast going to RGS High Wycombe.
So RGS are our readersâ€™ choice for Team of the Month, but what of our official Fifteen Rugby School Team of the Month?
For us there was one outstanding candidate, a side that has been on the cusp of winning the award several times this season but has been unfortunate to narrowly miss out each time.
That team was RGS High Wycombe, like our readers we felt that their performances through the season leading up to this month have been outstanding, and their victory over Hampton in the quarter final of the Cup was a masterclass in playing the conditions. They built up a 6-0 lead with the wind and rain behind them before turning around at half time to show some awesome defence and fantastic ball retention in near impossible conditions.
Our Fifteen Rugby School Team of the Month is RGS High Wycombe.
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School Team of the Month â€“ RGS High Wycombe
Fansâ€™ Choice â€“ RGS High Wycombe