Another weekend, another brilliant Saturday of schools rugby!
After the sensational high scores of last week, this weekendâ€™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 Paulâ€™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 Johnâ€™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 Cranleighâ€™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 Cranleighâ€™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 weekâ€™s thrashing of GSAL, Ampleforth probably went to St Peterâ€™s York full of confidence. It is a sign of just how good St Peterâ€™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 Christâ€™s Hospital 55-0, a highly impressive win. St Benedictâ€™s were similarly impressive against Glyn. Haileyburyâ€™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 Kingâ€™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 Johnâ€™s Leatherhead completed a superb week with a 43-19 win over St Georgeâ€™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 Paulâ€™s 22-5 Radley College
Wellington College 19-10 Tonbridge
Brighton College 24-29 John Fisher
Harrow 15-7 Oundle
RGS High Wycombe 11-15 Millfield
St Peterâ€™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 Veseyâ€™s GS 33-0 Welbeck
Bradford GS 12-20 Crossley Heath
Bristol GS 12-13 Kingswood
Bromsgrove v Oakham â€“ Cancelled
Campion 17-17 Trinity
Canford 10-25 Hampton
Caterham 47-3 Worth
Cheadle Hulme 17-11 St Anselmâ€™s
Chislehurst & Sidcup GS 38-7 Langley Park
Colfeâ€™s 10-66 Judd
Coopers Coburn 34-19 Dartford GS
Culford 19-21 RGS Colchester
Eastbourne College 55-0 Christâ€™s Hospital
Eltham College 12-19 City of London Freemenâ€™s
Glyn 7-52 St Benedictâ€™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 Richâ€™s
Hurstpierpoint College 18-12 Kingâ€™s Canterbury
KCS Wimbledon 31-7 Dulwich College
KES Stratford 32-7 Ratcliffe College
Kingâ€™s College Taunton 36-15 Prior Park College
Kingâ€™s Worcester 18-23 St Peterâ€™s, Gloucester
Langley 24-19 Greshamâ€™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
Pateâ€™s GS 46-5 Beechen Cliff
Pocklington 24-14 Giggleswick
Princethorpe College 34-22 Lawrence Sheriff
RGS Lancaster 18-13 Kingâ€™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 Edwardâ€™s, Oxford 36-26 Uppingham
St Georgeâ€™s College, Weybridge 19-43 St Johnâ€™s, Leatherhead
Stonyhurst 66-3 AKS Arnold
UCS 7-53 Berkhamsted
Wallington CGS 12-25 Reigate GS
Whitgift 42-15 Skinnersâ€™
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 Bishopâ€™s Stortford HS
Colstonâ€™s v Blundellâ€™s
Dauntseyâ€™s v KES Bath
RGS Guildford v Reedâ€™s
Rydal Penrhos v Shrewsbury
Trent College v Loughborough GS
By Angus Savage