This midweek marked the opening of the 2014/15 Schools Rugby season, and there were plenty of exciting fixtures on offer.
We had the start of the Daily Mail Trophy, some pre season friendlies, some competitive fixtures, and the AASE Festival at Worcester Warriorsâ€™ Sixways stadium.
Fifteen Rugby were at Caterham School to watch the hosts against one of the hottest sides in the country last year, KCS Wimbledon. Unsurprisingly it was KCS who bagged the win, 20-7, however it was the defensive heart, organization, and quality from Caterham that really stood out. Though in Will Lockhart-Smith KCS have a player that most defences will struggle to contain this year. You can see our report here: Caterham v KCS.
Also in the South East was St Georgeâ€™s Weybridge, of Anthony Watson fame, against Reigate Grammar School. St Georgeâ€™s showed their quality with an impressive 38-17 victory, a fine start to the season.
Just down the road in Canford the previous day, Canford School took on Wimbourne RFC and came away with a very respectable 34-10 victory.
Perhaps the most impressive scoreline was Kingâ€™s Worcesterâ€™s 36-0 win over KES Five Ways. They will be hoping that that victory signals a season like their 2012/13 season, which was one of the very best in the country.
Sir Thomas Richâ€™s also impressed, showing that even without last yearâ€™s England U18 captain Sam Underhill they are still a big force. They beat Bridgend College 32-17.
Elsewhere there were a couple of Old Boys games, with both Hymers College and Kingâ€™s College Taunton beating their elder counterparts, 28-7 and 25-17 respectively.
Over at the AASE Festival it was all about Filton College. The South West side won both of their games, scoring a remarkable 17 tries and 85 points in their 55-0 victory over Moulton College and their30-0 victory over Gosforth Academy.
The eternally impressive Hartpury College were also unbeaten, beating Myerscough 15-0 and Bicton 20-5, but they will have noted those Filton performances and will want to make sure that there is no gap between them.
St Paulâ€™s Catholic College were also in fine form, they were in a group of four, rather than three, and won all of their games to complete and impressive day of work. They beat Truro College 10-0, Worcester 6th form College 30-5, and Oaklands College 15-0.
All in all a very good midweek of rugby, but now the really serious stuff gets started as the first weekend of the school season looms onto the horizon. You can see our preview and predictions for the weekendâ€™s action here: Weekend Preview.
Midweek Schools Rugby Results:
Canford 34-10 Wimbourne
Caterham 7-20 KCS Wimbledon
Hymers College 28-7 Presidentâ€™s XV
Kingâ€™s College Taunton 25-17 Old Boys
Kingâ€™s Worcester 36-0 KES Five Ways
Sir Thomas Richâ€™s 32-17 Bridgend College
St Georgeâ€™s Weybridge 38-17 Reigate Grammar School
Bicton College 5-20 Hartpury College
Bicton College 10-5 Myerscough
Filton College 30-0 Gosforth Academy
Filton College 55-0 Moulton College
Gosforth Academy 20-0 Moulton College
Hartpury College 15-0 Myerscough
Oaklands College 0-15 St Paulâ€™s Catholic College
Oaklands College 15-25 Worcester 6th form College
St Paulâ€™s Catholic College 10-0 Truro College
St Paulâ€™s Catholic College 30-5 Worcester 6th form College
Truro College 10-5 Worcester 6th form College