The final round of group games in this season’s AASE league take place this week, with the two finalists yet to be decided.
The final takes place on Wednesday 25th November at Allianz Park, sharing the platform with the Champions Trophy final between Bedford School and Epsom College.
The two AASE division, north and south, split a few weeks ago into a three team north division 1 and a four team north division 2, with the same split in the south.
The teams then played each side in their mini division again, determining their position within the north/south, for which the final games are this Wednesday. The teams will then play the side from the other division with the same league position next week to determine their final league place. So, for instance, 4th in the North will play 4th in the South for positions 7 and 8 in the final AASE standings.
This week the focus is therefore on securing those final North/South divisional standings, and in particular in the Division 1 pools, the race to be in that AASE final.
Both the North and South Division 1 games are effectively semi finals, with all four sides in action in with a possible chance of qualifying for the final.
In the North Hartpury College host Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth I College. Hartpury have won every edition of the AASE league and will be the favourites again this year, but Wyggeston have proved outstanding in their debut season in the AASE league.
In order to reach the final though they must beat Hartpury with a bonus point, having lost their previous game to Myerscough, who have a bye week. Wyggeston must also try to prevent Hartpury for gaining any kind of bonus point in defeat for their try count and points difference is far behind the Gloucester giants’.
In the South things are more straightforward, having both beaten Filton College, St Paul’s Catholic College v Bicton College is just a straight shootout for a place in the final. St Paul’s perhaps hold a slight advantage as they are a point up at the moment, so a draw would see them through. Bicton will be going all out for the win though.
In the Division Two groups things will be just as competitive. Worcester 6th form College are sitting pretty at the top in the North and welcome bottom placed Gosforth Academy to town. They will be confident of holding on to that top spot.
Moulton College, currently in second, play Oaklands College, whom they are only a point ahead of in the standings.
In the South, Beechen Cliff will be desperately trying to notch up a first win of the season but they must travel to top of the division Henley College.
Henley are level on points with Truro College though, and they are both just two points clear of Ivybridge, making Truro’s trip to Ivybridge a very interesting one indeed.
All eyes will likely be on the battle for the final, but there is plenty of interest all around!
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AASE Fixtures (predictions in bold):
North – Division 1
Hartpury College v Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth I College
South – Division 1
Bicton College v St Paul’s Catholic College
North – Division 2
Moulton College v Oaklands College
Worcester 6th form College v Gosforth Academy
South – Division 2
Ivybridge Community College v Truro College
Henley College v Beechen Cliff
|AASE North Pool – Division 1|
|3||Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth||1||0||0||1||1||1|
|AASE South Pool – Division 1|
|1||St Paul’s Catholic College||1||1||0||0||1||5|
|3||SGS Filton College||2||0||0||2||1||1|
|AASE North Pool – Division 2|
|1||Worcester 6th form College||2||2||0||0||2||10|
|AASE South Pool – Division 2|
|3||Ivybridge Community College||2||1||0||1||1||5|