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Midweek Roundup – Strong midweek kicks off School Season

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 Warriors’ 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 George’s Weybridge, of Anthony Watson fame, against Reigate Grammar School. St George’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 King’s Worcester’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 Rich’s also impressed, showing that even without last year’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 King’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 Paul’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 weekend’s action here: Weekend Preview.

Midweek Schools Rugby Results:

Canford 34-10 Wimbourne

Caterham 7-20 KCS Wimbledon

Hymers College 28-7 President’s XV

King’s College Taunton 25-17 Old Boys

King’s Worcester 36-0 KES Five Ways

Sir Thomas Rich’s 32-17 Bridgend College

St George’s Weybridge 38-17 Reigate Grammar School

AASE Festival

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 Paul’s Catholic College

Oaklands College 15-25 Worcester 6th form College

St Paul’s Catholic College 10-0 Truro College

St Paul’s Catholic College 30-5 Worcester 6th form College

Truro College 10-5 Worcester 6th form College

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