The second round of the Champions Trophy is taking place this week, with seven of the eight fixtures scheduled.
After a stunning first round, the second has so far perhaps been even better, particularly with two of the games pitting some of the main contenders for the title together.
The game that all eyes were on was Dulwich College v Millfield. The 2012, 2013, and 2014 NatWest Cup winners, and the 2015 finalists, Dulwich, against the holders of the Champions Trophy, and indeed the St Joseph’s Festival, Millfield.
It was a brilliant game of rugby, won 17-13 by Millfield but featuring a spirited Dulwich fightback – you can see our report, and photos, from that game here: Dulwich College v Millfield.
Today saw another set of title contenders pitted together as they ever impressive Epsom College travelled to Eton College, whose young 1st XV have been highly impressive so far this season. They certainly impressed today as they secured a superb, and highly dominant, 24-7 victory.
The action all began on Tuesday though, with another of the tournament’s big favourites, Sedbergh, who travelled to Oxford to take on Radley College. It proved to be a simply stunning game of rugby, and you can see you report for that game here: Radley College v Sedbergh.
Haileybury, meanwhile, continued their fine start to this competition with a superb 29-12 victory away at RGS Guildford to become the second side through to the quarter finals of this competition.
Wednesday was the busiest day of the round, with three other games accompanying the Dulwich v Millfield game.
There was huge game in the North as Barnard Castle hosted King’s Macclesfield, a well fought contest eventually saw Barnard Castle run out as 17-10 winners.
Blundell’s, fresh off the back of a big win at the weekend, hosted Monmouth. With Monmouth being on of the top sides in the NatWest Cup last year, their progress in the Champions Trophy was expected to be good, however Blundell’s turned in another excellent performance to win 31-7.
Also on Wednesday was Sherborne v St John’s Leatherhead. Both sides were part of truly outstanding first round ties so this game is expected to be another superb encounter between to side who had the capability of going a long way.
Sherborne’s are the side who will be looking to maintain that run though as they ran out as 22-15 winners.
The final game of the round takes place a on Tuesday as Cheltenham College host Bedford to their picturesque 1st XV pitch.
Champions Trophy Round 2:
Radley College 31-56 Sedbergh (Click here for report)
RGS Guildford 12-29 Haileybury
Dulwich College 17-13 Millfield (Click here for report)
Barnard Castle 17-10 King’s Macclesfield
Blundell’s 31-7 Monmouth
Sherborne 22-15 St John’s Leatherhead
Eton College 7-24 Epsom College
Cheltenham College v Bedford