Hartpury Collegeâ€™s utter domination of the AASE League continued yesterday as they collected their sixth title in a row.
A stunning performance at Allianz Park saw them score seven tries in a jaw-dropping 50-0 victory over SGS Filton College, brining back memories of Dulwich Collegeâ€™s incredible NatWest Cup final victory over Warwick last year.
Hartpury therefore remain the only side to have own the AASE league since its inception in 2009/2010, a truly outstanding achievement. A thought should be spared for Filton in that context though, best of the rest in 2015 might in not seem like much after a defeat like that, but given Hartpuryâ€™s domination it is actually a noteworthy achievement.
It was always unlikely that this would be anything other than a Hartpury win, though the margin was perhaps surprising, Hartpury have not lost a game this season and only failed to get a four try bonus point once during the league campaign, giving them 49 points out of a possible 50.
It seems hard to imagine their dominance waning, yet the other AASE Colleges should not give up hope, all sporting dynasties slow down at some point. Just look at Tiger Woods, Manchester United, Liverpool, Wasps, perhaps even Leicester Tigers. The French national side too, maybe?
Things were closer in the Plate final, contested a couple of hours before the main final, between Bicton College and Gosforth Academy. However Bicton were still pretty dominant as they beat their North Eastern opposition 37-13 to claim the Plate.
Given that Bicton only returned to the AASE league this year, that is an impressive achievement, and one would expect that they might be challenging hard to get into the Cup play offs next year.
The day was really all about Hartpury though, as every AASE final has been. For the others though, they have to believe they can prevent Hartpury making it seven in a row, you sense that Hartpury will not give up this run easily though.
AASE Finals Day Results:
Cup â€“ Hartpury College 50-0 SGS Filton College
Plate â€“ Bicton College 37-13 Gosforth Academy