Schools Rugby Weekend Roundup – Teams defy the weather to show their skills

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Despite some torrid weather conditions across the country, there was some fantastic schools rugby on show form all corners.

 

The weather kept many of the scorelines low, but they did not suffer for it in terms of entertainment or excitement.

 

5 Key Fixtures

 

Abingdon started the second half of term, beating Sherborne, so impressive before half term, 28-15.

 

Cheltenham, who had played Sherborne in last weekend’s Oldest Four competition, drew in one of the tightest possible games, 3-3 against Rugby, in what is the oldest schools rugby fixture. How fitting to have a scoreline from the oldest days of the game.

 

Bedford play Sedbergh in the Champions Trophy semi finals on Wednesday, and had the best possible preparation for the game as they beat a good Warwick side 17-5.

 

One of the most hotly anticipated games of the weekend was Wellington College v Hampton. Wellington, on their arguably the best around, against Hampton, winners of the St Joseph’s Festival. Wellington took a very close game 11-3.

 

The final of our 5 key previewed fixtures was Whitgift v RGS High Wycombe, and as expected it was a keenly fought contest, with Whitgift just edged to victory my a three point margin at 24-21.

 

Five Previews

 

Brighton College showed brilliant spirit to beat Epsom College, who have a Champions Trophy semi final on Wednesday, 15-10 in some tricky conditions at Epsom, a wonderful result against one of the best teams around.

 

Tonbridge were equally impressive, winning 16-11 away at Harrow, who have been impressing all spectators throughout the season to date.

 

Stowe showed all of their class as they travelled to Wales to face Monmouth, who knocked them out of the NatWest Cup last year, beating them 32-18, and at the same time alerting the rest of the country as to their quality.

 

Local rivals Oakham and Staford played out an incredibly tight and tense game of rugby, with the sides unable to be separated, it ended a 7-7 draw, a result that will probably satisfy Oakham slightly more.

 

Eton College put in a highly impressive display to beat Trinity by a stunning 36-0 score, a result that would likely have put them into our Top 5 School Teams of the Weekend had it been submitted in time.

 

Around the Grounds

 

One of the most impressive results of the day was Clifton College’s 19-14 victory over Blundell’s, who face Epsom in the Champions Trophy semi final on Wednesday, particularly have been 14-0 down and having to climb back up the mountain to secure the victory. Meanwhile Bishop’s Stortford defied the form books to secure a very good 18-10 win against Campion.

 

There was a similarly impressive result for Bishop Wordsworth’s, finally back playing Bryanston after years between them without a fixture, Wordsworth’s secured a hugely impressive 17-11 win.

 

Dulwich College picked up what turned out to be one of the bigger wins in the region as they beat their close rivals John Fisher 21-9. Solihull just edged to a 17-16 win over Ellesmere College.

 

In the NatWest Cup there was another tight game as Judd beat Chislehurst & Sidcup 9-8.

 

It was similarly close between KCS Wimbledon and the very much in form St Paul’s, who beat their hosts KCS 8-7. Reading Blue Coat won another tight one, 7-3, against Merchant Taylors’.

 

Millfield lost away at Llandovery College, and in two of the biggest scorelines of the weekend, Kings Macclesfield and The Leys both reached half centuries against Nottingham High School and New Hall respectively.

 

It was back to the tight stuff for the Oratory v St Benedict’s, it ended as a 13-13 draw, a contrast to the Oundle v Uppingham derby, which saw Oundle march on with a 38-3 win. Seaford were equally impressive, beating Reed’s 35-6, while Reigate Grammar were back on form with a 49-0 win over Colfe’s.

 

One of the most exciting games of the day was up in Yarm, where Woodhouse Grove squeaked home with an incredibly tight 32-31 victory.

 

If you have any results updates, photos, videos, or match reports, please send them in to writers@fifteenrugby.com

 

Schools Rugby Weekend Results:

 

5 Key Fixtures:

 

Abingdon 28-15 Sherborne

Rugby 3-3 Cheltenham College

Warwick 5-17 Bedford

Wellington College 11-3 Hampton

Whitgift 24-21 RGS High Wycombe

 

5 Previews:

 

Epsom College 10-15 Brighton College

Eton College 36-0 Trinity

Harrow 11-16 Tonbridge

Monmouth 18-32 Stowe

Oakham 7-7 Stamford

 

Other Key Games:

 

AKS Arnold 19-30 Rydal Penrhos

Ampleforth College 29-7 Hymers College

Ashville College 23-12 Dame Allan’s

Barnard Castle 27-11 St Peter’s York

Bishop’s Stortford College 8-3 Bedford Modern

Bishop’s Stortford HS 18-10 Campion

Bishop Vesey’s GS 11-5 Adams GS

Bloxham 12-13 St Edward’s, Oxford

Blundell’s 14-19 Clifton College

Bradford GS 26-15 Pocklington

Bristol GS 12-0 QEH

Bryanston 11-17 Bishop Wordsworth’s

Canford 36-0 King’s College, Taunton

Cranbrook 21-19 Skinners’

Cranleigh 14-0 RGS Guildford

Dean Close 17-5 Taunton

Denstone College 6-0 Malvern College

Dulwich College 21-9 John Fisher

Ellesmere College 16-17 Solihull

Eltham College 12-21 RGS Colchester

Framlingham College 17-0 Norwich

Gresham’s 15-11 Royal Hospital School

Haileybury 12-15 St John’s Leatherhead

Hereford Cathedral School 20-3 King’s Worcester

Judd 9-8 Chislehurst & Sidcup GS (NatWest Cup)

KCS Wimbledon 7-8 St Paul’s

KES Birmingham 34-5 Old Swinford Hospital

KES Stratford 10-15 RGS Worcester

King’s Bruton 14-12 Downside

King’s Canterbury 3-19 Eastbourne College

Kirkham GS 22-0 Manchester GS

Llandovery College 24-17 Millfield

Lord Wandsworth College 15-5 Caterham

Magdalen College 26-0 King Edward’s, Southampton

Merchant Taylors 3-7 Reading Blue Coat

Merchant Taylors, Crosby 17-20 Lymm HS

Mill Hill 36-7 The Perse

Mount St Mary’s College 19-7 Worksop College

New Hall 0-51 The Leys

Northampton SfB 15-5 Liverpool College

Nottingham HS 5-50 King’s Macclesfield

Oratory 13-13 St Benedict’s

Oundle 38-3 Uppingham

Pate’s GS 9-17 Sir Thomas Rich’s

QEGS Wakefield 48-5 Loughborough GS

Reed’s 6-37 Seaford College

Reigate GS 49-0 Colfe’s

RGS Newcastle 34-0 Austin Friars

Sedbergh v RGS Lancaster – Cancelled

St Joseph’s College 38-13 Wymondham College

Wilmslow HS 20-19 Queen Ethelburga’s

Wirral GS 12-36 St Ambrose College

Yarm 31-32 Woodhouse Grove

 

Still to Come:

 

Dauntsey’s v Prior Park College

Radley College v Marlborough College

Shiplake College v UCS

Stockport GS v Audenshaw

Tiffin v St George’s College, Weybridge

Trent College v King’s Grantham

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