Selecting our Top 5 School Teams of the Weekend this week was a privilege, such was the sensational array of performances and results.
The sheer number of impressive performances and results made it a challenge too though, whittling it down to just five teams was no easy task and there will be many left off the list who will be able to argue their case to be on it very well indeed.
However, these are our Top 5 School Teams of the Weekend:
NatWest Cup holders against the Champions Trophy holders was how Bromsgrove v Millfield was billed, and such a billing suggest a close game is ahead.
Bromsgrove were in form while Millfield were a little out of sorts but even so, particularly on Millfield’s patch, this seemed like it should be a closely fought contest. What unfolded, a 42-7 dominant victory for Bromsgrove, surely was not predicted by anyone.
It is a sensational result and makes Bromsgrove surely one of the most feared sides in the country from this point on.
It has been clear this season that Sherborne have a very good side, Fifteen Rugby saw that when we watched them beat Marlborough College. However it is doubtful that many outside of the school could possibly have predicted that they would beat Wellington College on Saturday, a side with six internationals, who put forty points on Millfield last week.
That is exactly what Sherborne did though, securing a brilliant 34-29 victory over the Daily Mail Trophy champions. The watching schools rugby world will certainly have taken note of the result, and having secured such a brilliant victory, Sherborne will now really fancy themselves as having a really strong chance of lifting the Champions Trophy.
Stowe are a good team, no doubt, wins over RGS High Wycombe and Oakham among others tell you just that. Nevertheless, few would have predicted that they would beat Epsom College on Saturday, arguably one of the best in the country.
Win was what they did though, and not just win, they put in a huge performance to secure a dominant 35-11 win. With that win will come some serious respect too, there are not many that will beat Epsom this year, and even fewer who will do so quite so comfortably.
One of the few teams that was also beaten Epsom this season is Cranleigh, and they have been looking like they might well be one of the top handful of sides in the country right now.
So they were firm favourites when they went to Tonbridge on Saturday. However Tonbridge are a good team themselves, despite a couple of results that have made their win/loss record look closer than perhaps it should.
Tonbridge showed that quality in abundance, securing a hard fought 15-10 win over Cranleigh, and gaining plenty of respect in the process.
Local derbies are supposed to be close, tightly fought contests. Particularly the fiercely competitive Croydon derby between Whitgift and John Fisher.
This season’s edition though did not run to script as Whitgift arrived at John Fisher and dominated, eventually winning by a magnificent 32-0 scoreline. Given just how much this game means to both schools, and how traditionally excellent both schools are, it was a no brainer that Whitgift should be in this weeks Top 5.
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