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Another sensational weekend of rugby – Schools Rugby Weekend Roundup

Another weekend, another brilliant Saturday of schools rugby!

After the sensational high scores of last week, this weekend’s games were unlikely to reach those heights in terms of scorelines, but in terms of competitiveness and quality of games, it seems to have more than matched it.

Our five Daily Mail Trophy prediction competition fixtures were certainly of the highest order. Simply as fixtures they looked good, once the results came through, they all had their talking points.

Bedford carried on their superb start to the season, and heaped more misery on Stamford at the start of theirs, with a 31-0 victory, while QEGS Wakefield beat the 2013 Daily Mail Trophy Champions, Woodhouse Grove, 27-7.

St Paul’s put in an outstanding display to beat Radley College 22-5 in one of the oldest fixtures in schoolboy rugby.

Wellington College and Tonbridge both arrived for their game desperate to right the wrongs of their last two fixtures as both had lost their previous games to Dulwich College and St John’s Leatherhead respectively.

Wellington ultimately showed their quality yesterday though, bouncing back to win 19-10.

Perhaps the result of the day from our competition fixtures though was Cranleigh’s away 37-20 win at Epsom College. Both are quality sides and Epsom are not a side who often lose, especially at home, so Cranleigh’s win says a lot about them.

Our other previewed fixtures were no less interesting. John Fisher bounced back from defeat to Trinity last weekend with aplomb, securing a 29-24 away win against a very much in form Brighton College.

There were lots of eyes on Harrow v Oundle, two top quality sides in a high level game that could go either way. It went the way of Harrow, who secured a 15-7 victory and signalled themselves as very much being a team to watch this year.

Millfield secured their third win of the season, once again though it was perhaps surprisingly tight, which only goes to show that RGS High Wycombe are definitely up at their usual high level this year. Millfield took it by a 15-11 scoreline at RGS.

After the high of last week’s thrashing of GSAL, Ampleforth probably went to St Peter’s York full of confidence. It is a sign of just how good St Peter’s are then that they won their clash 40-19 yesterday, a superb result.

Warwick showed that they are back in form following a tough day at the office against Bromsgrove last week as they beat local rivals, and another top class outfit, Stowe 20-15.

Elsewhere there were plenty of other talking points too. Campion showed their class to draw 17-17 with a very good Trinity side, whiel Caterham nearly managed the half century against Work.

Easbourne College did manage that, beating Christ’s Hospital 55-0, a highly impressive win. St Benedict’s were similarly impressive against Glyn. Haileybury’s fine start to the season came to an abrupt halt as Felsted beat them 57-7.

Perhaps the result of the day though came for KCS Wimbledon, who have already demonstrated that they are very much a side to be reckoned with this season. Few would have expected them to beat Dulwich College though, and even fewer by a commanding 31-7, especially since Dulwich beat Wellington last weekend.

RGS Lancaster look like dark horses this year, they beat King’s Macclesfield 18-13, a very impressive win. Clifton and Rugby played out a real thriller as Clifton came from behind to win 22-21.

Sedbergh provided the real high scoring highlight of the weekend as they, inspired by Ali Crossdale, raced to a stunning 70-14 victory over RGS Newcastle, who are no slouches. They said they wanted to make a statement after a stuttering win over Bradford Grammar in midweek, and so they have!

Kirkham Grammar School and Whitgift were both in form with impressive wins, while St John’s Leatherhead completed a superb week with a 43-19 win over St George’s, following on from their midweek win over Tonbridge. Crossley Heath’s victory over Bradford Grammar School, just days after Bradford had pushed Sedbergh so magificently, was also an impressive result, suggesting they will be tough to beat this year.

All in all, a superb day of schools rugby!

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Schools Rugby Weekend Results:

Daily Mail Trophy Prediction Competition

Bedford 31-0 Stamford

Epsom College 20-37 Cranleigh

QEGS Wakefield 27-7 Woodhouse Grove

St Paul’s 22-5 Radley College

Wellington College 19-10 Tonbridge

Previewed

Brighton College 24-29 John Fisher

Harrow 15-7 Oundle

RGS High Wycombe 11-15 Millfield

St Peter’s, York 40-19 Ampleforth College

Warwick 20-15 Stowe

Other Key Games

Altrincham GS 12-52 Wilmslow HS

Aylesbury GS 7-35 Bedford Modern

Bishop Vesey’s GS 33-0 Welbeck

Bradford GS 12-20 Crossley Heath

Bristol GS 12-13 Kingswood

Bromsgrove v Oakham – Cancelled

Campion 17-17 Trinity

Canford 10-25 Hampton

Caterham 47-3 Worth

Cheadle Hulme 17-11 St Anselm’s

Chislehurst & Sidcup GS 38-7 Langley Park

Colfe’s 10-66 Judd

Coopers Coburn 34-19 Dartford GS

Culford 19-21 RGS Colchester

Eastbourne College 55-0 Christ’s Hospital

Eltham College 12-19 City of London Freemen’s

Glyn 7-52 St Benedict’s

Grammar School at Leeds 12-39 Durham

Haileybury 7-57 Felsted

Halliford 15-66 Reading Blue Coat

Harrogate GS 5-42 Ashville College

Hereford Cathedral School 13-8 Sir Thomas Rich’s

Hurstpierpoint College 18-12 King’s Canterbury

KCS Wimbledon 31-7 Dulwich College

KES Stratford 32-7 Ratcliffe College

King’s College Taunton 36-15 Prior Park College

King’s Worcester 18-23 St Peter’s, Gloucester

Langley 24-19 Gresham’s

Lord Wandsworth College 41-7 Shiplake College

Malvern College 25-29 Bloxham

Merchant Taylors 5-21 Seaford College

Mill Hill 20-15 The Leys

Nottingham HS 31-18 Bablake

Oratory 17-29 Eton College

Pate’s GS 46-5 Beechen Cliff

Pocklington 24-14 Giggleswick

Princethorpe College 34-22 Lawrence Sheriff

RGS Lancaster 18-13 King’s Macclesfield

RGS Worcester 0-10 Solihull

Royal Hospital School 33-10 Norwich

Rugby 21-22 Clifton College

Ryde School 5-60 Portsmouth GS

Sedbergh 70-14 RGS Newcastle

Sherborne 30-12 Cheltenham College

Silcoates 20-31 Yarm

St Edward’s, Oxford 36-26 Uppingham

St George’s College, Weybridge 19-43 St John’s, Leatherhead

Stonyhurst 66-3 AKS Arnold

UCS 7-53 Berkhamsted

Wallington CGS 12-25 Reigate GS

Whitgift 42-15 Skinners’

Wimbledon College 27-12 Tiffin

Wirral GS 14-54 Kirkham GS

Wycliffe College 43-10 Warminster

Wymondham College 13-17 The Perse

Still to come:

 

Brentwood v Bishop’s Stortford HS

Colston’s v Blundell’s

Dauntsey’s v KES Bath

RGS Guildford v Reed’s

Rydal Penrhos v Shrewsbury

Trent College v Loughborough GS

 

By Angus Savage

@AngusSavageXV

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