This week’s Top 5 school teams of the weekend sees a real mix of big wins, unexpected victories and good gutsy performances.
Blundell’s 61-5 victory over King’s College Taunton was highly impressive. Blundell’s were favourites, but scoring sixty-one points was far in excess of anything that they would have been expecting. The victory was good enough to propel them into the top ten of the Daily Mail Trophy, an indication of its quality.
Blundell’s have now won three from three so far this season, and face a big midweek game against Monmouth in the second round of the Champions Trophy on Wednesday, a game that will be worrying Monmouth after Saturday’s win for Blundell’s.
After suffering a defeat to John Fisher last weekend it was imperative that Brighton College bounced back with a win this week. Yet their opponents were St John’s Leatherhead, a side who have been playing some outstanding rugby this season, which has included a strong victory over Tonbridge.
Brighton have been good too though, and they needed to be against St John’s, who pushed them all the way as Brighton fought for a 23-22 victory that should set them up nicely as they head into a tricky period that sees them face Dulwich College and Trinity before heading into the St Joseph’s Festival.
Kirkham Grammar School
Kirkham’s results, despite being excellent, seem to have almost gone under the radar so far this season. They should be being celebrated though, for they have been excellent. Perhaps none more so than Saturday’s game against St Ambrose College, which saw Kirkham win by an astonishing 89-7 scoreline, St Ambrose had won three of their previous four games too.
Kirkham were firm favourites, but few could possibly have imagined such a huge margin of victory, although Kirkham have scored over fifty points in every game so far this year. Things will surely get more tricky though in the coming weeks as they face in form RGS Lancaster and Denstone College. Neither of them will much fancy facing Kirkham though.
Like Kirkham, Millfield’s results have gone a little under the radar, yet here we are a month into the season and they are unbeaten with four wins from four and have conceded just twenty-four points.
Facing Bryanston, a side they had already beaten 14-6 in the Champions Trophy, the charge was to build on that a secure a dominant win. That they most certainly did as they secured a highly impressive 34-0.
With Dulwich to come in midweek and Wellington College at the weekend, it was certainly a good time to lay down a marker.
Warwick’s early season was a tough one, a major injury crisis played a role as they were defeated by Bromsgrove 54-0. They bounced back last week with a narrow 22-17 win over Stowe.
They would be wanting a big win though to make a statement that they are back up and running, and Saturday’s 25-11 victory over New Zealand school Massey High School was precisely that. The margin might not have been huge, but it was impressive, and any win against a New Zealand schools side is always impressive, such is the strength of their schools set up. Warwick are back, it seems.