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Wednesday’s clash of the titans – Midweek Preview & Predictions

It should be another busy week of schools rugby, with games on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday with evening games on all but Tuesday.

Some of the top sides in the country are in action too, with one fixture on Wednesday looking like one of the games of the season already.

Tuesday

We begin with Tuesday though where Hurstpierpoint look to get back to winning ways against Seaford College after losing out narrowly to St John’s Leatherhead on Saturday.

Elsewhere Leicester Grammar School host Wellingborough, while the NatWest Cup continues with Mill Hill v UCS.

Wednesday

At 18.30 on Wednesday, and Iffley Road, Oxford, we will see one of the biggest games of the season, Millfield v Wellington College. These two last met in the fifteen-a-side game two season, where Millfield rather stunned their hosts with a strong victory.

This year Millfield look equally good, they have had some stunning victories – including that incredible sixty-point victory over RGS High Wycombe, as well as that hard fought 16-14 win over Tonbridge last week, one of the great schools rugby games.

Wellington look very good themselves this year though. They have a backline that is being heralded up and down the country, and a forward pack that is adept at supplying and supporting it. They are unbeaten too, with four wins from five games. Their only blip, if you could call it that, was a 13-13 draw against the triple schools cup champions Dulwich College, and victories have come against top teams such as RGS High Wycombe and Whitgift.

It ought to be fascinating.

There is another exciting late kick off too, this one at 18.00 at King’s Macclesfield. They host Sedbergh, who since losing to Whitgift on the opening day have shown their true from with five victories on the bounce and twice passing fifty points, indeed in one game, v Wilmslow High, they hit 78.

King’s are in fine form though, they are unbeaten in five, winning four and drawing to Lymm High School, their victories including reaching 48 against Daily Mail Trophy Champions Woodhouse Grove, and a 52-0 win over RGS Lancaster. This should be another great game under lights.

Elsewhere Ampleforth College are in NatWest Cup action against Worksop, while Adams GS host Wrekin, Cheadle Hulme host Stockport GS, and Eltham College travel to Caterham.

St Joseph’s College continue their Festival build up with a game against Saffron Walden CHS, and Solihull look to bounce back from defeat to Bromsgrove with a game against Shrewsbury.

Finally, Colston’s host Truro School, who have impressed observers often in the last couple of seasons.

Thursday

Thursday’s big game under lights sees Hampton host their second touring side in two weeks. Having lost to New Zealanders Dilworth on Monday last week, they will be hoping that Reitz High School can be a potential scalp. It will be tricky though, like in New Zealand, South African schools rugby is very strong indeed.

Thursday also sees Oakham travel to Ratcliffe College. With Oakham looking to be back in form, Ratcliffe will need to be very disciplined to keep them out.

Friday

There’s just the one game on Friday, but it should be another cracking game under lights, KCS Wimbledon v Tiffin at 19.30. Having beaten Eton College 16-0 on Saturday, KCS will be the favourites for this one.

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Schools Rugby Midweek Fixtures (predictions in bold):

Tuesday

Hurstpierpoint v Seaford

Leicester GS v Wellingborough

Mill Hill v UCS (NatWest Cup)

Wednesday

Adams GS v Wrekin College

Worksop College v Ampleforth College (NatWest Cup)

St Joseph’s College v Saffron Walden CHS

Caterham v Eltham College

Cheadle Hulme v Stockport GS

Solihull v Shrewsbury

Colston’s v Truro School

King’s Macclesfield v Sedbergh (18.00 k.o)

Millfield v Wellington College (18.30 k.o.)

Thursday

Ratcliffe College v Oakham

Hampton v Reitz High School (S.A) (19.00 k.o.)

Friday

KCS Wimbledon v Tiffin (19.30)

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