The first widespread wet weekend of the season gave this weekâ€™s school games an extra dimension, and saw a fair few tight games as the running rugby made way for a more controlled type of game.
That said, there were sill a fair few big results, not least in one of our Daily Mail Trophy prediction competition fixtures.
That was from Kingâ€™s Macclesfield, one of the form sides in September, who returned an outstanding 41-12 victory over the 2013 Daily Mail Trophy champions, Woodhouse Grove, their third defeat of the season.
Another highly impressive victory was Stoweâ€™s 27-10 victory over Oundle. Oundle are a very good side this year but Stowe have lofty ambitions and proved why, going 27-5 up before a late Oundle score narrowed the gap a little.
Our other three prediction competition games were very tight indeed, despite that tightness though, there were still ten winners of this weekâ€™s competition, a great return.
Tonbridge were looking to bounce back from that gut wrenching midweek to Millfield, and did so brilliantly. They beat Radley, who have been a tough opponent for Tonbridge lately, by 12-3 in what was by all accounts a real dogfight.
Back down the M40 we had RGS High Wycombe v Hampton, a classic in the NatWest Cup quarter finals last year, and another excellent one this year. RGS ran out as 19-15 winners as they continue to build a good run of results following that horrible loss to Millfield, while for Hampton the result is still a decent one given their current injury crisis.
One fixture that many had an eye on, if social media is anything to go by, was Warwick v Whitgift. Last yearâ€™s NatWest Cup finalists against one of the best school sides of the last decade.
Warwick took the game, 17-13, an important win for them as they look to demonstrate that the current high praise that surrounds them is justified â€“ it would certainly appear to be.
Our five major previewed games also returned some interesting results, Sedbergh proved their undoubted strength with a 68-17 victory over Ampleforth College, while Sherborne backed up their early season form with an excellent 22-0 victory over Marlborough College.
The other three games were far tighter. Grammar School at Leeds and RGS Newcastle both had plenty of players rested for various reasons and almost had a major effect as RGS came as close as anyone to beating Grammar School at Leeds this season, just missing out by three points at 24-21.
Bedford are the only other side to have come that close to topping GSAL, and they had to work hard this weekend to beat Oakham, eventually prevailing 29-20 to continue their good season.
Dulwich have had an excellent start to the year and carried that on with an excellent 20-15 away victory over Brighton College, no mean side themselves, it will definitely be worth keeping an eye on Dulwich as they build towards the St Josephâ€™s Festival in two weeks.
Elsewhere St Paulâ€™s did well to beat high flying Abingdon 20-15, while Bedford Modern came within a point of Stamford, who won 10-9, a result that both sides will probably see as a positive, Bedford Modern for getting so close, and Stamford for carrying on that winning habit away from home.
Bromsgrove beat Solihull 27-0, they appear to be very formidable this year, while Hymers won their sixth game in a row with their 23-17 victory over Durham.
One of the big surprises was a 16-0 win for KCS Wimbledon over Champions Trophy quarter finalists Eton College, a truly excellent result. Etonâ€™s opponents in that quarter final are Millfield, they were in no mood to stop their winning ways though, beating Cowbridge 50-5.
St Josephâ€™s College won their first ever Daily Mail Trophy game, a 14-3 victory over Northampton School for Boys.
Skinnersâ€™ surprised a few by beating Cranleigh 13-7, that was a surprise down south, but up in the north QEGS really got firing with a 54-21 victory over St Peterâ€™s York. Kirkham Grammar School continued their fine start with a 39-3 victory over RGS Lancaster at Fylde RFC, while in another big game in the north Lymm High School beat Wilmslow High 32-24.
Epsom College meanwhile continued their fine start with a 33-17 victory over fellow Champions Trophy quarter finalists RGS Guildford.
Schools Rugby Results â€“ Saturday 4th October
Daily Mail Trophy Prediction Competition Fixtures:
RGS High Wycombe 19-15 Hampton
Kingâ€™s Macclesfield 41-12 Woodhouse Grove
Stowe 27-10 Oundle
Tonbridge 12-3 Radley College
Warwick 17-13 Whitgift
Five Previewed Fixtures:
Brighton College 15-20 Dulwich College
Grammar School at Leeds 24-21 RGS Newcastle
Marlborough College 0-22 Sherborne
Oakham 20-28 Bedford
Sedbergh 68-17 Ampleforth College
Abingdon 15-20 St Paulâ€™s
Aylesbury GS 36-12 Reading Blue Coat
Bedford Modern 9-10 Stamford
Bradford GS 61-10 Nottingham HS
Bristol GS 40-5 RGS Worcester
Bromsgrove 27-0 Solihull
Campion 57-3 QES Barnet
Christâ€™s Hospital 39-14 Eastbourne College
City of London Freemenâ€™s 28-0 Caterham
Colstonâ€™s 5-22 Kingâ€™s College Taunton
DoY RMS 0-27 Kingâ€™s Canterbury
Haileybury 7-28 St Albans
Hymers College 23-17 Durham
John Fisher 60-0 Ravens Wood
KCS Wimbledon 16-0 Eton College
Leicester GS 22-17 Bablake
London Oratory 13-22 Wimbledon College
Lord Wandsworth College 12-7 Churcherâ€™s
Loughborough GS 5-12 Adams GS
Malvern College 8-31 Cheltenham College
Millfield 50-5 Cowbridge Comprehensive
Mill Hill 20-16 Pangbourne College
Monmouth 22-0 Kingâ€™s Worcester
Northampton School for Boys 3-14 St Josephâ€™s College
Oratory 10-22 Reedâ€™s
QEGS Wakefield 54-21 St Peterâ€™s, York
Ratcliffe College 12-46 Mount St Maryâ€™s
Reigate GS 13-25 Worth
RGS Guildford 17-33 Epsom College
RGS Lancaster 3-39 Kirkham GS
Rugby 17-19 Uppingham
Shiplake 0-7 Bloxham
Sir Thomas Richâ€™s 23-30 Kingswood
Skinnersâ€™ 13-7 Cranleigh
St Edwardâ€™s Oxford 0-36 Clifton College
St Johnâ€™s Leatherhead 24-21 Hurstpierpoint
Trinity 55-5 New Hall
Wellington College 43-0 Harrow
Wilmslow High 24-32 Lymm High
Still to come:
Ashville v Giggleswick
Austin Friars v Merchiston Castle
Pocklington v Barnard Castle
Sevenoaks v Eltham College
St Benedictâ€™s v Tiffin
Trent College v Old Swinford Hospital