It has been a huge week of schools rugby so far, with more to come, and there have been some spectacular games along the way.
There has been NatWest Cup rugby, Champions Trophy semi finals, regular fixtures and plenty more. It has been simply wonderful.
On Monday the NatWest Vase tie between Wymondham College and Easton & Otley College ended in a 5-5 draw, putting Easton & Otley through as the away side after an even try count.
On Tuesday, Harrow v Eton College was the big draw, and it ended with a 32-25 victory for the home side in what was a fascinating game of rugby. You can see our report here: Harrow v Eton College.
Elsewhere, the Bishop’s Stortford derby ended in a 10-10 draw, a result that will likely please away side the High School more than the home College side. In the NatWest Cup Leicester Grammar School knocked out Trent College with a 24-8 away victory.
Langley beat Gresham’s and Mount St Mary’s College beat Worksop College in the other two Tuesday NatWest Cup ties.
Wednesday was one of the days of the schools season so far, with spectacular rugby on show all around the country. Monitoring the @FifteenRugbyXV twitter account as results, updates, and thoughts came in from games was an art in itself, with scores shunting back and forth in so many games.
Berkhamsted v Hampton was one such game. It was an evening kick off between two very much in form sides, and after a battle royale, it ended in a 21-21 draw, putting Hampton through on try count. A stunning game, and one that reminds us just give a little reminder to supporters on the touchline that in drawn Cup games, the winner is first decided on try count, only if that is even is it handed to the away side.
Reigning Champions Bromsgrove beat King Henry VII School 50-20 to prove that they are still right at the top of their game. So too are Campion, who beat Robert Clack 58-8.
In the Live Streamed game, St Benedict’s beat London Oratory 44-20, putting them through to the next round, where they will once against be Live as the RFU follows that strand of the draw through to the national stages. You can see our report, plus highlights, here: St Benedict’s v London Oratory.
Hurstpierpoint College beat Christ College 53-8, another impressive win, while Ampleforth College, Cokethorpe, and Bedford Modern were in equally impressive form.
St Ambrose College reached a stunning eighty points, they were among the many teams to reach some hugely impressive totals. At the closer end of the spectrum was a really tight and high end contest between Stowe and Sir Thomas Rich’s, which Stowe won 13-10.
You can see the other Cup and Vase results below.
Outside of the Cup it was a huge and dramatic day in the Champions Trophy, where Bedford and Epsom College both won their semi finals, against Sedbergh and Blundell’s, to reach the final at Allianz Park on Wednesday 25th November.
To simply say that they won though is to dramatically underplay what was a truly remarkable afternoon though, and you can see our summary of the day here: Champions Trophy semi final day.
On Thursday there was just one fixture as Duke of York’s Royal Military School hosted St Lawrence College in the NatWest Vase, eventually winning what was a tight and tense game, 13-8.
The midweek rugby ends on a quiet note with just the one fixture taking place, it should be a good one though as St Olave’s Grammar host Langley Park.
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Schools Rugby Midweek Fixtures & Results
Wymondham College 5-5 Easton & Otley College (NatWest Vase)
Bishop’s Stortford College 10-10 Bishop’s Stortford HS
Gresham’s 7-15 Langley (NatWest Cup)
Harrow 32-25 Eton College – See report here
Mount St Mary’s College 17-5 Worksop College (NatWest Cup)
Trent College 8-24 Leicester GS (NatWest Cup)
Ampleforth College 64-0 Richmond (NatWest Cup)
Austin Friars 19-6 QEGS Penrith (NatWest Cup)
Beaufort Academy 0-50 Cokethorpe (NatWest Vase)
Bedford Modern 52-5 Sharnbrook (NatWest Cup)
Berkhamsted 21-21 Hampton (NatWest Cup) – Hampton through on try count.
Bishop Stopford 7-43 Loughborough GS (NatWest Vase)
Bishop Vesey’s 67-5 Solihull 6th form College (NatWest Vase)
Bishop Wordsworth’s 39-5 Peter Symonds’ (NatWest Cup)
Bromsgrove 50-20 King Henry VIII, Coventry (NatWest Cup)
Campion 58-8 Robert Clack (NatWest Cup)
Cardinal Vaughan 6-41 Trinity (NatWest Cup)
Cheadle Hulme 29-22 Rydal Penrhos
City of London Freemen’s 58-0 Lingfield Notre Dame (NatWest Vase)
Colfe’s 32-7 Gravesend GS (NatWest Cup)
Colston’s 12-27 QEH (NatWest Cup)
Ellesmere College 22-5 Wrekin College (NatWest Cup)
Epsom College 27-23 Blundell’s (Champions Trophy) – Click here for highlights & report
Esher College 11-36 Wallington CGS (NatWest Cup)
Fallibroome Academy 5-80 St Ambrose College (NatWest Vase)
Hurstpierpoint College 53-8 Christ College (NatWest Cup)
Glyn 13-48 John Fisher (NatWest Cup)
Kent College 12-20 Oakwood Park GS (NatWest Vase)
KES Birmingham 8-7 John Cleveland (NatWest Cup)
King’s College Taunton 48-12 Gryphon (NatWest Cup)
Manchester GS 10-33 Wilmslow HS (NatWest Cup)
New Hall 41-3 Enfield GS (NatWest Cup)
Nottingham RFC Acadmey 8-10 Denstone College
Princethorpe College 7-55 Bloxham
QEGS Ashbourne 10-12 Stockport GS (NatWest Cup)
Reading Blue Coat 55-7 Alton College (NatWest Vase)
RGS Newcastle 55-3 Ponteland (NatWest Cup)
RGS Worcester 29-7 Lawrence Sherriff (NatWest Cup)
Sedbergh 24-27 Bedford (Champions Trophy) – Click here for Highlights & report
Silcoates 6-25 Pocklington (NatWest Cup)
Solihull 53-18 Camp Hill (NatWest Cup)
Stowe 13-10 Sir Thomas Rich’s (NatWest Cup)
St Bartholomew’s 14-60 Lord Wandsworth College (NatWest Cup)
St Benedict’s 44-20 London Oratory (NatWest Cup) – Click here for Highlights & report
St Peter’s Gloucester 74-10 Katherine Lady Berkley’s (NatWest Cup)
Sussex Downs 10-33 Skinners’ (NatWest Cup)
UCS 12-30 KCS Wimbledon (NatWest Cup)
Warwick 26-0 Hereford Cathedral School (NatWest Cup)
Westcliff HS 7-38 Coopers Coborn (NatWest Vase)
Woodhouse Grove 44-10 Giggleswick (NatWest Cup)
Worth 11-11 The Weald (NatWest Vase) – Weald through as the away side.
Duke of York’s RMS 13-8 St Lawrence College (NatWest Vase)
St Olave’s GS v Langley Park