With schools heading back from the half term break, midweek schools rugby is also back, and it has been a busy one so far.
There have been fixtures every day, including plenty of NatWest Cup action as well as some exciting non-cup fixtures.
On Monday the NatWest Cup returned, with Weston College beating Downside. St Albans meanwhile beat Bishop’s Stortford High School 16-6.
Tuesday, like Monday, was not too busy, however there were some quality fixtures. Uppingham travelled for a tough fixture at Leicester Grammar School but were unable to come away with the victory as their hosts won 38-17. Uppingham’s great rivals Oundle featured in arguably the game of the week.
They travelled to Radley College, for what was an excellent and competitive game of rugby. Oundle were the dominant side, winning 28-8, you can see our report here: Radley College v Oundle. New Hall were also in action, hosting local rivals Woodbridge, but fell to a surprise 15-12 defeat.
On Wednesday there was plenty of NatWest Cup action, with Bishop’s Stortford College, Christ’s College, and Nottingham High School all going through after good competitive games.
RGS High Wycombe progressed to the next round with a hugely commanding 46-3 victory over Sir William Borlase’s, expect to see them challenging at the latter stages of the competition this year.
Durham beat Hartlepool 6th form College 18-8 and Wallington County Grammar School, LVS Ascot, and King Henry VIII Coventry all also picked up wins.
There were some extraordinarily big scorelines too, none more so than a staggering 116-0 win for Haileybury in the county cup, credit to St Edmund’s for going the distance there though. Bloxham were very impressive too, scoring over seventy against Lawrence Sherriff. St Peter’s Gloucester claimed an excellent 34-10 away win at Old Swinford Hospital.
One of the biggest games of the week was Tiffin v KCS Wimbledon. KCS have been flying all term but Tiffin looked like they could be in with a shout having beaten the previously unbeaten Reigate Grammar before half term. However KCS showed all of their class to record an excellent 31-6 victory.
The NatWest Cup saw action again on Thursday as Wycliffe College recorded a 22-0 victory over Backwell to breeze into the next round.
Under the lights on Friday evening Pangbourne College meet Churcher’s College, a game that should be a great occasion, as all Friday night fixtures tend to be.
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Midweek Fixtures (Predictions in bold):
St Albans 16-6 Bishop’s Stortford HS
Weston College 28-10 Downside (NatWest Cup)
Leicester GS 38-17 Uppingham
New Hall 12-15 Woodbridge
Radley College 8-28 Oundle (See report here)
Bablake 25-13 King Edward’s, Five Ways
Bishop’s Stortford College 31-8 Richard Hale (NatWest Cup)
City of London Freemen’s 12-23 Christ’s Hospital (NatWest Cup)
Cokethorpe 5-17 Pate’s GS
Durham 18-8 Hartlepool 6th form College
Emanuel 3-29 Wallington CGS
Haileybury 116-0 St Edmund’s
Lawrence Sherriff 19-72 Bloxham
London Oratory 25-5 UCS
LVS Ascot 25-20 Gordon’s
Magdalen College 19-0 Watford GS
Old Swinford Hospital 10-34 St Peter’s, Gloucester
Princethorpe College 10-22 King Henry VIII, Coventry
RGS High Wycombe 46-3 Sir William Borlase’s (NatWest Cup)
Simon Langton 61-12 Maidstone GS (NatWest Cup)
St Ambrose College 15-7 Sandbach
St Olave’s 46-26 Darrick Wood
Tiffin 6-31 KCS Wimbledon
Welbeck 5-18 Nottingham HS (NatWest Cup)
Backwell 0-22 Wycliffe College (NatWest Cup)
Still to come:
Trinity v Harris City Academy
King’s Rochester v Bethany
Pangbourne College v Churcher’s College