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Midweek Roundup – McPhillips strikes again to sink Millfield for Sedbergh

The last few days of school rugby have certainly grabbed the imagination, with a brilliant weekend followed by some great midweek NatWest Cup action.

It has not just been the NatWest Cup though (you can see our summary of the week’s Cup action here: NatWest Cup), there has been some great non Cup action too.

The game that really grabbed the attention of schools rugby fans across the country was of course Sedbergh v Millfield, a clash between two of the most traditionally strong rugby schools in the country, and two of the very best in the country this year too.

Millfield arrived having recently won the Schools Champions Trophy, as well as October’s St Joseph’s Festival, though they had just lost to Monmouth, while Sedbergh were also coming in with a big repuatation, they had beaten Wellington College, another of the top teams in the country, in a thrilling game with a last minute Jonny McPhillips penalty, securing a 37-34 win. With Wellington having beaten Millfield earlier in the year, that was certainly a significant result going into this one.

Colin Barton summarised the game for Fifteen Rugby:

 

Sedbergh took control in the first half and scored a try through Moon from a driven line out. They should have a good lead by half time but only turned round 10-9 up, following three Millfield penalties plus one of their own.

Millfield stepped up their game in the second half and kept Sedbergh penned in their own half for long periods, however great defence kept Millfield out, particularly a tremendous tackle on full back Darren Atkins to stop him going over in the corner.

Two penalties were exchanged mid half and the score remained 13-12 in the home side’s favour until 2 minutes from time when Millfield kicked their 5th penalty to seemingly win the game.

There was still time though and play went straight up the field, where Sedbergh won a penalty 35 metres out and on the fifteen. Johnny McPhillips stepped up and put it straight through the posts to win the match with the very last kick of the game.

Once again then Sedbergh and England U18 full back Johnny McPhillips proved himself to be the coolest kicker in the country, repeating his heroics against Wellington to sink yet another top schoolboy team. If Sedbergh end up collecting any accolades come the end of the season, McPhillips will be owed a huge debt of thanks.

Elsewhere King’s Worcester beat Tewkesbury 24-10, while Ampleforth College saw off Mount St Mary’s 23-14.

There was plenty of other action going on around the country, with results still to come in, while on Friday evening Skinners’ host Trinity.

School Midweek Results:

Ampleforth College 23-14 Mount St Mary’s College

Sedbergh 16-15 Millfield

Tewkesbury 10-24 King’s Worcester

Still to Come:

Bishop’s Stortford College v Wisbech GS

Bishop Vesey’s v King Edward’s, Aston

Bryanston v Filton College

Eltham College v Wimbledon College

QES Kirkby v Giggleswick

Shiplake College v Reading

Shrewsbury v Hereford Cathedral School

St Benedict’s v London Oratory

Friday

Skinners’ v Trinity

By Angus Savage & Colin Barton

Image Credit: Colin Barton

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