International rugby was the real headline grabber this weekend, but skipping beneath the national radar we had yet another outstanding weekend of schools rugby.
There was a real mix of big wins, tight victories, and even a couple of draws as this extraordinarily competitive season carried on.
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One of the most widely anticipated games was Bromsgrove v Oundle, a repeat of last year’s NatWest Cup semi final. That game was one of the most intense and physical of the season. Bromsgrove won it and then went on to lift the trophy, so Oundle were looking for payback this time. However Bromsgrove were not in the mood to slip and won 18-13, keeping their fantastic start to the season alive.
Bromsgrove’s opponents in that final were Dulwich College, who were in action away at Harrow on Saturday. Dulwich’s season has included a victory against Wellington so they headed over in great from. Harrow too are in excellent form though and they showed that again as the edged to a 17-15 victory.
QEGS Wakefield have enjoyed a good start to the year too, their side is made up of two sets of U15 NatWest Cup finalists, which always bodes well for the 1st XV season. They carried that on in fine style with a 30-10 victory over King’s Macclesfield on Saturday.
One of the games of the day was St John’s Leatherhead v Brighton College, which ended in a 23-22 victory for the away side in a fixture between two side who have been playing excellent rugby so far this year.
Wellington College made it three wins from four for the season so far as they convincingly beat Whitgift 30-16. With Millfield to come on Saturday though, the fixture list is not going to let us any time soon for the Daily Mail Trophy champions, you sense that that is just how they like it though.
Our other previewed games were no less exciting, with perhaps the most exciting of the day being a 19-19 draw between Bradford Grammar School and Stonyhurst College, two sides who have really impressed so far this season.
John Fisher had one of the results of the day with a very strong 29-17 home victory over RGS High Wycombe. Sedbergh meanwhile carried on their dominant start with a huge 49-17 win away at Merchiston Castle in Scotland.
Millfield faced Bryanston for the second time in a fortnight. Millfield won the first encounter by a narrow margin but raced away for victory this time, securing a 34-0 win ahead of their midweek Champions Trophy game against Dulwich.
Warwick meanwhile showed that they are well and truly back in form as they beat New Zealand touring side Massey High School 25-11.
The biggest result of the day saw Kirkham Grammar School rack up an incredible 89 points away at St Ambrose College, whilst Bedford Modern were not far short of the total as they beat QE Barnet 76-0. Campion brilliant start also continued, they beat Ravens Wood 48-0.
Those were just some of the stunning results from around the country on what was truly a superb weekend of school rugby.
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Weekend Schools Rugby Results:
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Bromsgrove 18-13 Oundle
Harrow 17-15 Dulwich College
King’s Macclesfield 10-30 QEGS Wakefield
St John’s Leatherhead 22-23 Brighton College
Wellington College 30-16 Whitgift
Bradford GS 19-19 Stonyhurst College
John Fisher 29-17 RGS High Wycombe
Merchiston Castle 17-49 Sedbergh
Millfield 34-0 Bryanston
Warwick 25-11 Massey HS (New Zealand)
Other Key Results:
Bedford Modern 76-0 QES Barnet
Blundell’s 61-5 King’s College Taunton
Calday Grange GS 29-5 Cheadle Hulme
Campion 48-0 Ravens Wood
Churcher’s College 20-5 Portsmouth GS
City of London Freemend’s 0-27 Reading Blue Coat
Colfe’s 24-5 Brentwood
Colston’s 5-67 King’s Worcester
Cranbrook 34-7 Maidstone GS
Crossley Heath 65-0 Audenshaw
Dame Allan’s 0-58 Durham
Denstone College 16-5 Ellesmere College
Emanuel 7-34 Caterham
Grammar School at Leeds 12-62 RGS Lancaster
Haberdashers 12-28 Tiffin
Hereford Cathedral School 17-34 Pate’s GS
KCS Wimbledon 10-14 Berkhamsted
KES Stratford 19-10 KES Birmingham
King’s Bruton 12-11 KES Bath
Kingswood 18-17 Taunton
Leicester GS 42-3 Princethorpe College
Loughborough GS 11-10 Bishop Vesey’s GS
Mill Hill 10-55 Magdalen College
Monmouth 19-13 Bristol GS
MTS Crosby 10-29 Manchester GS
Northampton SfB 22-25 Solihull
Nottingham HS 38-19 Old Swinford Hospital
Reed’s 33-13 Hurstpierpoint College
Reigate GS 61-5 Eltham College
RGS Guildford 8-52 St Paul’s
Royal Hospital School 38-0 RGS Colchester
Seaford College 24-10 Worth
Skinners’ 42-14 St Olave’s GS
Stamford 39-17 King’s Grantham
St Alban’s 15-41 Hampton
St Ambrose College 7-89 Kirkham GS
St Benedict’s 46-10 St George’s, Weybridge
St Columba’s College 19-12 Wellingborough
St Joseph’s College 31-6 Norwich
Stockport GS 34-25 Wirral GS
Trinity 33-14 Judd
Wallington CGS 30-7 Glyn
Wilmslow HS 62-0 Rydal Penrhos
Wimbledon College 6-13 London Oratory
Woodhouse Grove 24-5 Pocklington
Still to come
Ashville College v Silcoates
Hymers College v Mount St Mary’s College
Ratcliffe College v KES Aston