It has been a busy midweek of school rugby, and there is still more to come today.
The NatWest Cup has seen plenty of action, with Mill Hill, Felsted, and St Olaveâ€™s already securing their places in the next round, among others.
Tuesday was a very special day of schools rugby. It began with Eastbourne College, who became the latest British side to lose to the excellent Chilean touring school, Craighouse, they went down 46-3 but given Craighouseâ€™s past performances that is no embarrassment.
The action was then to be found in Harrow, where Bedford were the visitors. You can see Fifteen Rugbyâ€™s report of that game here, Harrow v Bedford, as well as photos of what was a wonderful display of rugby from Bedford, who won 46-3.
What made Tuesday special though was the Ryan Bresnahan Memorial Match as Clifton RFC. You can read all about the game and the story of Ryan in our report (Clifton College v Kingswood), but it was a truly special occasion, one where the result was far from the most important thing, though with a 30-10 win under their belts Kingswood might still afford themselves a pat on the back.
Wednesday was a brilliant day of schools rugby, and a busy one of Fifteen Rugby. We were on hand to see the excellent Stowe 1st XV defeat Solihull 33-10 (report â€“ Stowe v Solihull), an impressive result for Stowe against tough opposition. We then followed that up with a trip across the country to watch St Josephâ€™s College in action ahead of the St Josephâ€™s Festival next week. They put in a fast paced performance to beat Culford 17-3 ahead of their trip to face Bedford Blues Academy this weekend (report â€“ St Josephâ€™s v Culford).
Elsewhere Abingdon showed their quality with a big win over Magdalen College, 62-5, while Sir Thomas Richâ€™s were also in stunning form, beating the in form RGS Worcester 49-8 to really make a big statement.
Manchester Grammar also posted a big score, while Yarm did well to beat Harrogate Grammar School 21-14.
The AASE league threw up a big surprise yesterday as Filton College lost out 14-8 to Ivybridge. Given Ivybridgeâ€™s early struggles and Filtonâ€™s early dominance, Filton were expected to win relatively comfortably.
We had predicted away wins across the board, so that rather spoiled our predictions, however the rest went according to form. Turuo Colelge beat Henley College 29-0, while Oaklands just edged out Worcester 6th form College 17-10.
Hartpury College struggled a little against Myerscough, in Hartpury terms, but still won 25-8, while Bicton and St Paulâ€™s played arguably the game of the day, with St Paulâ€™s running out 28-18 winners. Gosforth Academy v Moulton College was postponed as Moulon were unable to field a front row.
Schools Rugby Midweek Results:
Mill Hill 62-7 Drayton Manor (NatWest Cup)
Clifton College 10-30 Kingswood School
Eastbourne College 3-46 Craighouse (Chile)
Harrow 13-42 Bedford
Abingdon 62-5 Magdelen College
Altrincham GS 25-20 St Ambrose College
Bishopâ€™s Stortford HS 39-10 Hitchin
Churcherâ€™s 30-0 Farnborough (NatWest Cup)
Cokethorpe 46-14 Shiplakle College
Culford 3-17 St Josephâ€™s College
Desborough 30-24 John Hampden (NatWest Cup)
Felsted 62-0 Anglo-European (NatWest Cup)
Gravesend GS 10-29 St Olaveâ€™s (NatWest Cup)
Harrogate GS 14-21 Yarm
KES Southampton 63-5 St Peterâ€™s (NatWest Cup)
Manchester Grammar 52-8 AKS Arnold
Palmerâ€™s 46-34 St Ignatius (NatWest Cup)
Sir Thomas Richâ€™s 49-8 RGS Worcester
Solihull 10-33 Stowe
Welbeck 12-27 Leicester Grammar
Beechen Cliff 19-10 Prior Park
Dauntseyâ€™s 27-24 Canford
Eton College 17-10 Radley College
Marlborough College 18-11 St Edwardâ€™s Oxford
Birkdale 10-44 Worksop (NatWest Cup)
Bicton College 18-28 St Paulâ€™s Catholic College
Henley College 0-29 Truro College
Ivybridge Community College 14-8 SGS Filton College
Myerscough College 8-25 Hartpury College
Worcester 6th form College 10-17 Oaklands College
Gosforth Academy v Moulton College â€“ postponed, Moulton unable to field a front row.
Still to come:
Christ College v Shrewsbury
St Peterâ€™s Gloucester v Crypt
KES Bath v Monkton Combe
Simon Langton v Kingâ€™s Canterbury