It has been a superb midweek of schools rugby so far, and there will be more to come tomorrow with a couple of Friday night games.
There has been NatWest Cup action, Vase action, and some huge Thursday fixtures as many schools take the weekend off for an exeat.
Tuesday was a fairly quiet day, St Joseph’s College picked up an excellent win over Felsted, 12-0, in the NatWest Cup. Meanwhile in the Vase The Leys ran out as strong winners against Wooton Upper. Elsewhere Malvern College v Monmouth unfortunately had to abandoned early on due to a nasty injury.
Wednesday was a mammoth day of schools rugby. In the NatWest Cup Wycliffe College picked up a narrow win, and there were big wins for King’s Worcester, Portsmouth Grammar, and 2010 & 2011 Champions, Whitgift.
Last year’s semi finalists, Oundle, beat Nottingham High School 34-5, but the game of the day was definitely Reigate Grammar School’s 25-18 win at Harrow, a stunning victory. You can see our report of that smash and grab effort here: Harrow v Reigate Grammar.
In the Vase, Bloxham picked up a big win, so too Kennet and Shrewsbury. There were also wins for Cheadle Hulme and Dartford Grammar. The big game of the day there though was Caterham v Wimbledon College, which Caterham just won by the smallest of margins, a 10-9 home win.
Outside of the Cup Christ’s Hospital picked up a good 17-15 win at Tiffin and St Benedict’s renewed their rivalry with Latymer Upper, winning 17-13. Wilsmlow High School, Cokethorpe, Lord Wandsworth College, and Claire’s Court were also in the winning mood. So too were the Oratory who secured an 8-3 derby victory against Pangbourne College in very tricky conditions.
Thursday featured plenty of huge names in schools rugby. Perhaps the biggest game of the day was Cranleigh v Wellington College, two of the best around. An inspired performance from Tom Parton, helped Wellington to an 18-8 victory. His tactical kicking was supreme, while his try was a Parton special, as good as you will see.
Eton College secured a stunning 32-0 win away at rivals Radley College, while in another huge game, St Edward’s Oxford beat Marlborough College 25-3.
King’s Bruton picked up a 19-5 win over Prior Park, and Emmanuel secured a 12-0 win at Sutton Valence. Ampleforth College and Giggleswick played out a bit of a classic, with Ampleforth taking a 29-22 victory. Dean Close meanwhile enjoyed an impressive 62-0 win over The Crypt.
There is still more to come, with Trinity v St Benedict’s and Shiplake College v Merchant Taylors both taking place under the lights on Friday evening.
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Schools Rugby Midweek Fixtures & Results (predictions in bold):
Malvern College v Monmouth – Abandoned
The Leys v Wooton Upper (NatWest Vase) – Home Win
St Joseph’s College 12-0 Felsted (NatWest Cup)
Bloxham 42-0 Stonyhurst UTC (NatWest Vase)
Caterham 10-9 Wimbledon College (NatWest Vase)
Claire’s Court 32-0 Gordon’s
Dartford GS 39-15 Langley Park (NatWest Vase)
Harris City Academy 0-42 Whitgift (NatWest Cup)
Harrow 18-25 Reigate GS (NatWest Cup) – See report here
King’s Worcester 46-0 Adams GS (NatWest Cup)
Liverpool College 19-34 Cheadle Hulme (NatWest Vase)
Lord Wandsworth College 31-7 Brockenhurst
Oratory 8-3 Pangbourne College
Oundle 34-5 Nottingham HS (NatWest Cup)
Portsmouth GS 53-0 Hampshire Collegiate (NatWest Cup)
Princethorpe College 0-45 Cokethorpe
Shrewsbury 55-15 Newcastle Under Lyme (NatWest Vase)
St Ambrose College 15-22 Wilmslow HS
St Benedict’s 17-13 Latymer Upper
Tiffin 15-17 Christ’s Hospital
Upton Court 7-39 Kennet (NatWest Vase)
Wycliffe College 15-0 Farmor’s (NatWest Cup)
Ampleforth College 29-22 Giggleswick
Cranleigh 8-18 Wellington College – Report to follow, see photos here.
Dean Close 62-0 The Crypt
King’s Bruton 19-5 Prior Park
Radley College 0-32 Eton College
St Edward’s Oxford 25-3 Marlborough College
Sutton Valence 0-12 Emanuel
Shiplake College v Merchant Taylors
Trinity v St Benedict’s
Results still to come:
Brighton College v Bede’s
KES Lichfield v KES Nuneaton (NatWest Vase)
King’s College Taunton v Truro
King’s Grantham v Welbeck
Mill Hill v Vyners (NatWest Vase)
St George’s Weybridge v Royal Alexandra & Albert (NatWest Vase)