Another weekend, another brilliant round of schoolboy rugby matches, including the Daily Mail Trophy, and the final game of the first round of the Schools Champions Trophy.
Our weekly Daily Mail Trophy prediction competition saw 8 winners this week after Bromsgrove achieved a brilliant result, beating Ellesmere College 24-0, Clifton College edged out Bryanston 28-20, Epsom College continued the fine run with a 28-7 victory over Cranleigh, and Grammar School at Leeds continued their unbelievable start with a brilliant 46-10 away win over Durham.
Rounding off the five prediction fixtures was Stowe v Warwick, a game between two top sides and one that was expected to be a close run thing. It was, to an extent, but Stowe ran out 20-14 winners, and will now be feeling like they can really take on anyone in their path.
Our five previewed fixtures in included that final Champions Trophy first round game between Blundellâ€™s and Colstonâ€™s. Blundellâ€™s won in 36-15 and must now travel to Epsom College for the second round, a tricky tie if ever there was one.
Fifteen Rugby travelled to Tonbridge for their game against Eton (you can see the report here) and what a game it was. Eton staged an excellent comeback but Tonbridge held out to win 26-20.
Elsewhere RGS High Wycombe got back on track after their disaster last weekend, beating Sir Thomas Richâ€™s 29-18, while Wellington College were back to winning ways with a 47-10 victory over Marlborough College, though with the scores at 12-10 at the break, it was harder fought than it looked. Sedbergh continue to impress, they beat a good RGS Newcastle side 32-11.
Outside of those ten fixtures that we particularly focused on before the weekend, there were a number of other games that really stood out once the results came in.
Perhaps chief among those was Trinity Schoolâ€™s 33-28 victory over John Fisher, who themselves have been in great form this season. Trinity had a good pre season tour and generated some buzz, but this victory really makes a statement to the other big schools in the region.
If big statements in the South East are what we are talking about though, how about Dulwich College winning 43-10 against KCS Wimbledon. Dulwich lost this game last year but they certainly proved a point on Saturday. Last year at this time Dulwich lost to both Wellington and KCS in successive weeks before going on to win the Cup at the end of the season. This year they drew with Wellington and beat KCS, draw from that what you will.
They might have to watch out for St Benedictâ€™s though, they have made a great start to the season and carried that on with a 57-10 victory over Bishopâ€™s Stortford High School, thoroughly impressive.
Two further fifty-plus scores really caught our eye, Kirkham Grammar beat Wirral Grammar 52-0, a clinical result, however arguably more impressive was Kingâ€™s Macclesfieldâ€™s 53-0 victory over RGS Lancaster, a side that have a pretty decent reputation.
Of course there is the customary home win for Stamford, however a 33-3 win over Rugby School is not just maintaining a record, that is simply a thoroughly excellent result.
As was Radleyâ€™s 14-11 win over St Paulâ€™s, a great way to bounce back after the disappointment of losing their centenary game to Sherborne.
Daily Mail Trophy Prediction Competition
Bromsgrove 24-0 Ellesmere
Clifton College 28-20 Bryanston
Cranleigh 7-28 Epsom College
Durham 10-46 Grammar School at Leeds
Stowe 20-14 Warwick
Blundellâ€™s 36-15 Colstonâ€™s (Champions Trophy)
Marlborough College 10-47 Wellington College
RGS High Wycombe 29-18 Sir Thomas Richâ€™s
RGS Newcastle 11-32 Sedbergh
Tonbridge 26-20 Eton College
Ashville College 17-22 Harrogate GS
Austin Friars 36-18 Dame Allanâ€™s
Bablake 3-50 Nottingham High School
Bedford Modern 26-22 Aylesbury Grammar
Berkhamsted 49-7 UCS
Bishopâ€™s Stortford High 10-57 St.Benedictâ€™s
Bloxham 34-0 Malvern College
Campion 14-20 Dartford Grammar
Canford 3-22 Hampton
Crossley Heath 5-28 Bradford Grammar
Dulwich College 43-10 KCS Wimbledon
Eastbourne College 0-29 Sutton Valence
Eltham College 16-3 City of London Freemenâ€™s
Giggleswick 5-24 Pocklington
Hymers College 25-12 St.Peterâ€™s York
Hurstpierpoint 17-0 Kingâ€™s Canterbury
Kingâ€™s College Taunton 15-6 Prior Park
Kingâ€™s Macclesfield 52-0 RGS Lancaster
Kingswood 53-3 Bristol GS
Kirkham GS 53-0 Wirral GS
Langley 7-50 St Josephâ€™s College
The Leys 33-5 Mill Hill
London Oratory 36-19 Glyn
Loughborough GS 5-0 Trent College
Manchester Grammar 45-15 Stockport Grammar
Oundle 20-5 Harrow
The Perse 53-5 Wymondham
Radley College 14-11 St Paul’s School
Reedâ€™s C-C Brighton College*
Reigate Grammar 28-12 Wallington CGS
RGS Guldford 38-0 Portsmouth GS
Sandbach 19-31 Lymm High School
Seaford 27-0 St John’s Leatherhead
Skinnersâ€™ 31-36 Whitgift
Solihull 27-17 RGS Worcester
Stamford 33-3 Rugby
St Ambrose College 18-17 Hutton Grammar
St Olaveâ€™s GS 15-10 Ravens Wood
St Peterâ€™s Gloucester 3-12 Kingâ€™s Worcester
Stonyhurst 48-9 AKS Arnold
Tiffin 24-21 Wimbledon College
Trinity 33-28 John Fisher
Uppingham 10-28 St Edwardâ€™s, Oxford
Wilsmlow High 29-20 Adams GS
Woodhouse Grove 20-0 QEGS Wakefield
Worth 32-5 Caterham
Yarm 7-5 Silcoates
Still to come
KES Bath v Dauntseyâ€™s
Merchant Taylorsâ€™ v The Oratory
Late Thursday Results
Bristol GS 0-36 Craighouse
Magdalen College 27-7 Dean Close
Sexeyâ€™s 18-17 Monkton Combe