The third round of the U18 Premiership is all wrapped up and there were some outstanding games of rugby throughout the weekend.
It all started on Friday at midday with Harlequins v London Irish. Both sides went into the game with a win and loss each but it was London Irish who doubled their number of wins, beating the hosts 22-10 at Surrey Sports Park.
That game was followed up on Friday evening by a cracker between Wasps and Saracens at Braywick Road. Wasps had lost to Bath in the opening round but beat London Irish last week, while Saracens had won their opening game and had beaten Northampton Saints in a friendly last weekend too. They maintained that unbeaten run, coming out as the 34-27 winners in a real try-fest.
That high points scoring was a trend that would continue into Saturday, beginning at Dean Close School, where Gloucester beat Worcester Warriors 39-20, making it two wins in a row for the South West side.
The bid East Midlands derby weekend between Northampton Saints and Leicester Tigers kicked off with the U18s game ahead for the senior fixture at Franklinâ€™s Gardens, with the A teams meeting on Monday night.
Saints were the dominant side in the U18 game, beating Tigers 38-5 to secure the bonus point, and inflicting a first defeat to the season on Leicester.
Arguably the game of the weekend though was Newcastle Falcons v Yorkshire Carnegie. Both sides were without a win ahead of the game and played out an absolute thriller as they sought to secure that first victory. Eventually it was to go Newcastleâ€™s way by just two points at 36-34.
There were plenty of tries over at Millfield School, where Bath were hosting Bristol. Josh Bayliss led Bath on his home turf, and what a day he was at the helm for as they streaked away to a 46-3 victory, their second win of the campaign.
The league takes a break for a week before returning for the first weekend in January, with another round the following weekend.
U18 Premiership Fixtures:
Harlequins 10-22 London Irish
Wasps 27-34 Saracens
Gloucester 39-20 Worcester Warriors
Northampton Saints 38-5 Leicester Tigers
Newcastle Falcons 36-34 Yorkshire Carnegie
Bath 46-3 Bristol
Gratton, Head, Ugodulunwa, Hadfield, Obano, Gasson, Hunt, Okafor, Thomas, White, Richardson, Keunan, Lamb-Cona.
R.Morley, Nicole, S.Morley, Simmons, Brinkley, Ibitoye, Sackey, Bellamin, Kitto, Aspland-Robinson.
1. Freddie BoyceÂ 2. Curtis LangdonÂ 3. Tyler WhiteÂ 4. Patrick McPhersonÂ 5. Charlie StonehillÂ 6. Isaac Curtis-HarrisÂ 7. Jack IngallÂ 8. Luke FrostÂ 9. Callum WatsonÂ 10. Theo Brophy-Clews (c)Â 11. Â Joe CokanasigaÂ 12. Sam Telling Â 13. Cameron SmithÂ 14. Roman Malin-HiscockÂ 15. Matt Williams.
Replacements:Â 16, Toby HillÂ 17. Matt KourisÂ 18. Johnson ChandigereÂ 19. Angus Southon 20. Jarad LeatÂ 21.Ben HoltÂ 22. Eddie LewisÂ 23. Conor Burns.
1. Charlie Perkins (Henley College) 2. Jamie Cox (Abingdon) 3. Cecil McCarthy (Henley College) 4. Jack Holford (Abingdon) 5. Ehize Ehizode (St Benedicts) 6. Jacob Turner (Henley College) 7. Mike Dewer (Abingdon) 8. Will Wilson (Wellington College) 9. James Small-Edwards (St Paulâ€™s) 10. Harry Sheppard (Wasps Academy) 11. Caleb Shepherd (Henley College) 12 Connor Eastgate (Henley College) 13 Conor Dolan (c) (Wellington College) 14 Callum Sirker (Harrow) 15 Owain James (Harrow)
Replacements: 16 Rauf Birler (Henley College) 17 Karl Garside (Oaklands College) 18 Curtis Reynolds (Oaklands College) 19 Will Glover (Harrow) 20 Scott White (Henley College) 21 Alex Crocker (Henley College) 22 Mike Marsden (RGS High Wycombe) 23 Josh Amadi (Hampton).
1.Taylor Reed 2. Harrison King 3. Billy Walker 4. Danny Cutmore 5. Jacob Moody 6. Alex Munday 7. Aiden Scanlan 8. Ben Earl 9. Alex Patton 10. Max Malins 11. Ewan Dickson-Earle 12. Fili Â Savou 13. Dom Morris 14. Alex Gilham 15. Matt Gallagher.
Replacements: 16. Marcus Brown 17. Hayden King 18. Aston Leston 19. Hamish Hughes 20. Ethan Waddleton 21. George Jackson 22. Josh Wright 23. Tom Ffitch.
Gloucester – N/A
15 Harry RobinsonÂ 14 Max HimburyÂ 13 Will HollisÂ 12 Will ButlerÂ 11 Ciaran WardleÂ 10 Jamie ShilcockÂ 9 Jacob HamÂ 1 Joe WhiteÂ 2 George NewmanÂ 3 James PageÂ 4 Myles EdwardsÂ 5 Justin CleggÂ 6 Zac XiourouppaÂ 7 Jordon AnsileÂ 8 Max Hill.
Replacements:Â 16 Will PriestleyÂ 17 Charlie RobinsonÂ 18 Seb Dean-SmithÂ 19 Ben Davies-MooreÂ 20 Tom FordÂ 21 Luke WhiteÂ 22 George TrimmerÂ 23 Alex Nisbett.
15 Shaw; 14 T Segun, 13 Hamilton, 12 Hutchinson, 11 R Segun; 10 Haldane, 9 Morris; 1 Palmer, 2 Fish, 3 Jeannot, 4 Trinder, 5 Hawkins (c), 6 Cardall, 7 Allman, 8 Cox.
Replacements: 16 Davison, 17 Marmion, 18 Byrne, 19 Carter, 20 Watson, 21 Richardson, 22 Grayson, 23 Mallinder.
15 Sutton; 14 Odogwu, 13 Worth (c), 12 Umaga, 11 R Olowofela; 10 Hargreaves, 9 Prince; 1 Jack, 2 Nairn, 3 Tuilagi, 4 Green, 5 Harvey, 6 Poole, 7 Priestly-Nangle, 8 Murrin.
Replacements: 16 Evitt, 17 Charters, 18 Galletly, 19 Hutchinson, 20 White, 21 Yawayawa, 22 J Olowofela.
Newcastle Falcons â€“ N/A
1 Charlie CappsÂ 2 Harry NewbornÂ 3 Will DennisÂ 4 Raffen CherringtonÂ 5 Will BowieÂ 6 Lewis WilsonÂ 7 Jordon PooleÂ 8 Brandon StaplesÂ 9 Max GreenÂ 10 Sam Allan (c)Â 11 Dan TaiÂ 12 Tom BulloughÂ 13 Ben WinterburnÂ 14 Tom GormanÂ 15 Ben Smith.
Replacements:Â 16 Luke ChadwickÂ 17 Joe RaddingsÂ 18 James SandersonÂ 19 James PinderÂ 20 Nathan Barker.
1. VaughanÂ 2. FrostÂ 3. CarterÂ 4. Bayliss (c)Â 5. BrittonÂ 6. DennessÂ 7. BlackmoreÂ 8. Morris-MeanÂ 9. BaileyÂ 10. HastingsÂ 11. MartinÂ 12. WatersÂ 13. MackenzieÂ 14. LewisÂ 15. Graham.
Replacements:Â 16. StarksÂ 17. OghreÂ 18. OutlawÂ 19. VecchioÂ 20. MorrisÂ 21. GapperÂ 22. HamiltonÂ 23. Rees.
Gompels, Mustoe, Joseph, Watson, Appleton, Harvey, Cooksey, Hartshorne, Ball, Ryan, Lemon, Capon, Gannaway.
Boyland, Fournier, Haywood, Hydleman, Newey, Daly, Caven, Clements, Leyden, Â Owsley.