The Champions Trophy has once again delivered a brilliant couple of days of schools rugby with all four quarter finals being played over the last two days.
The competition has become synonymous with great games of schools rugby, and there was yet another one this week with Millfield v Sedbergh, who played out an astonishingly tense and entertaining game of rugby, which Sedbergh eventually won 19-15, knocking the hosts out and asserting themselves as the probable title favourites. You can see our report here: Millfield v Sedbergh.
Whilst that was going on, Blundell’s were hosting another side in the South West who had had to make a long trip down from the North, Barnard Castle.
That game started evenly but Blundell’s managed to pull away to a 26-7 victory, securing a place in the semi finals with it. They have surprised plenty of teams already this season, and will strongly fancy their chances of an upset in the semis, indeed such has been their form that it may not be an upset were they to win.
On Thursday it was the turn of Bedford to host. They welcomed Sherborne, who had just beaten Wellington College, so their quality was well known. Bedford responded to the challenge brilliantly though, playing a superb brand of rugby and absolutely flying out of the traps to take an early lead.
They eventually went on to a deserved 26-5 victory, and off the back of that they will be a side that everyone else left in the competition will be very wary of. You can see our report of that game here: Bedford v Sherborne.
The final game saw Epsom College, who have a point to prove after being knocked out earlier than they would have expected last year, travel to Haileybury, who have already claimed some big scalps this season.
Epsom more than proved their point though, blasting to a 52-12 win that will have the other three teams hoping desperately to avoid them in the semi finals.
Oddly, they have perhaps been one of the less talked about sides of the remaining four, but they should not be, Epsom College are a top class outfit, with some age-grade international standard palyers, and will very much fancy their chances of winning this competition.
Bring on the semi finals – what a brilliant tournament this continues to be!
Champions Trophy Quarter Final Results:
Bedford 26-5 Sherborne (See report here)
Blundell’s 26-7 Barnard Castle
Haileybury 12-52 Epsom College
Millfield 15-19 Sedbergh (See report here)