The week could hardly have been more entertaining, and we are still only at the midpoint, with fixtures on Thursday and Friday to come.
There has been action in the NatWest Cup, NatWest Vase, regular season fixtures and, of course, the Champions Trophy final.
The action all started on Monday with an area cup game between Haileybury and Watford Grammar School, which Haileybury won 22-15.
Things stayed relatively quiet on Tuesday. Just one NatWest Cup tie was scheduled, the South West B tie between King Edward VI Southampton and the surprise packages of last year, Dauntsey’s. Dauntsey’s carried on that good form from last year with an 8-3 victory.
Outside of the Cup The Leys hosted Bishop’s Stortford College, winning a dramatic game by just a single point, 18-17.
The Champions Trophy final could only be described as a treat at Allianz Park. Bedford and Epsom College put on a brilliant show, with Bedford winning 28-21. You can see your report here: Champions Trophy Final.
Following the conclusion of that game, the AASE Final took place, where Hartpury College recorded their 7th AASE title in a row, beating Bicton College 39-12. You can see that report here: AASE Final.
There was another evening kick off on Wednesday, as Sebergh and Wellington College meat at Broadstreet RFC. Sedbergh claimed the spoils, winning 20-18. It was a dramatic game though, Sedbergh led 10-3 at the break before going 15-10 down. Each side then landed a penalty before a late Sedbergh try secured the victory.
The NatWest Cup was where the busiest action of the day was, with round 4 really kicking into gear, providing the most competitive round of the Cup so far.
Perhaps the most competitive was caught by the RFU cameras on their ‘Trail to Twickenham’, St Benedict’s v KCS Wimbledon in London & South East A. St Benedict’s lead 7-3, but in the dying moments of the game, KCS scored to secure a dramatic 8-7 win.
Elsewhere in London & South East A, Hurstpierpoint College put up a good fight against 2010 & 2011 winners Whitgift, with the former champions winning 24-19. They will meet KCS in the next round. Skinners’ beat Sir Joseph Williamsoon’s 58-5.
In London & South East B, the St Joseph’s Festival Champions, Hampton, might have been worried about Reigate Grammar after they shocked Harrow, but they put on a brilliant show to banish any such concerns, winning 38-5. They now play Trinity, how beat Richard Collier 19-10. Elsewhere in the section, Simon Langton beat Judd 46-22, while John Fisher beat New Hall 27-7, those two will meet in the next round.
Moving to North A, RGS Newcastle reversed their defeat to Durham earlier in the season, winning 29-10. They meet St peter’s York in the next round, who beat Ampleforth College 30-0. Elsewhere in the section QEGS Wakefield did superbly to beat Stockport Grammar 33-0.
In North B 2013 Daily Mail Trophy champions, Woodhouse Grove, progressed with a 34-7 win over Bolton. They play Mount St Mary’s, who won 15-12 at home to Pocklington.
Midlands A saw a full set of fixtures. Champions Bromsgrove look on track, they beat Solihull 22-8 and will meet the impressive Abingdon next time, they beat KES Birmingham 55-0. At the front end of the draw Bedford Modern beat Roundwood Park 53-7, and will face Bishop’s Stortford High School, who won 27-10 v The Perse.
Midlands B was quieter but featured some top teams. King’s Worcester progress to the 5th round after beating Ellesmere College 38-18 and will play Warwick next after they beat RGS Worcester 27-7.
Over in South West A Bishop Wordsworth beat Aylesbury Grammar 29-5 to set up a game v RGS High Wycombe, who beat Lord Wandsworth College 40-14.
In South West B, adding to Dauntsey’s earlier win, Truro School beat Exeter School 10-3, and now play Exeter College in the next round, after they beat Weston College 24-13.
Thursday will saw Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital host former winners St Peter’s Gloucester in the NatWest Cup, that is a South West B fixture, the former Champions were in fine form, winning 36-0 to set up a 5th round tie at home to Dauntsey’s.
In the Vase Loughborough Grammar lost 16-13 to 2013 Cup finalists, Northampton School for Boys.
Elsewhere Sexey’s welcomed Monkton Combe, but were beaten 36-14 by their visitors on a tough afternoon.
Arguably the fixture of the day though saw Bryanston host AASE side Beechen Cliff. These two excellent sides played out a thrilling game, which ended in a 19-19 draw.
There are four games under the lights on Friday, and all look like outstanding games.
Perhaps the pick of the bunch will be St Joseph’s College v Denstone College, two very strong side. RGS Guildford v Wimbledon College ought also to be outstanding, while Mill Hill v UCS and Merchant Taylors v Haberdashers ought to provide plenty of entertainment too.
It is continues to be a busy and brilliant week of schools rugby!
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Haileybury 22-15 Watford GS
The Leys 18-17 Bishop’s Stortford College
King Edward VI, Southampton 3-8 Dauntsey’s (NatWest Cup)
Mill Hill 20-0 Drayton Manor (NatWest Vase)
Abingdon 55-0 KES Birmingham (NatWest Cup)
Ampleforth College 0-30 St Peter’s York (NatWest Cup)
Ashville College 25-7 Prince Henry’s GS (NatWest Vase)
Bedford 28-21 Epsom College (Champions Trophy) – See Report Here
Bedford Modern 53-7 Roundwood Park (NatWest Cup)
Bishop Heber 46-0 St Joseph’s (NatWest Vase)
Bishop’s Stortford HS 27-10 The Perse (NatWest Cup)
Bishop Wordsworth’s 29-5 Aylesbury GS (NatWest Cup)
Bolton 7-34 Woodhouse Grove (NatWest Cup)
Carre’s GS 3-27 Langley (NatWest Cup)
Caterham 29-12 City of London Freemen’s (NatWest Vase)
Colfe’s 51-19 Wilmington GS (NatWest Vase)
Dame Allan’s v Yarm (NatWest Vase) – Postponed
Dr Challoner’s 0-57 Pangbourne College (NatWest Vase)
Exeter College 24-13 Weston College (NatWest Cup)
Hampton 38-5 Reigate GS (NatWest Cup)
Hurstpierpoint College 19-24 Whitgift (NatWest Cup)
John Fisher 27-7 New Hall (NatWest Cup)
King Edward 5 Ways 10-12 Bablake (NatWest Vase)
King’s Worcester 38-18 Ellesmere College (NatWest Cup)
Lord Wandsworth College 14-40 RGS High Wycombe (NatWest Cup)
Magdalen College 78-5 Royal Latin
Mount St Mary’s 15-12 Pocklington (NatWest Cup)
Oakwood Park 12-27 Tunbridge Wells GS (NatWest Vase)
Portsmouth GS v King’s College, Taunton (NatWest Cup) – Postponed
QEGS Wakefield 33-0 Stockport GS (NatWest Cup)
RGS Lancaster w/o Austin Friars (NatWest Cup)
RGS Newcastle 29-10 Durham (NatWest Cup)
RGS Worcester 7-27 Warwick (NatWest Cup)
Ripley St Thomas 17-12 QES Kirkby (NatWest Vase)
Rydal Penrhos 0-41 Altrincham GS (NatWest Vase)
Sedbergh 20-18 Wellington College – at Broadstreet RFC
Shiplake College 12-12 Desborough College
Skinners’ 58-5 Sir Joseph Williamson’s (NatWest Cup)
Simon Langton 46-22 Judd (NatWest Cup)
Solihull 8-22 Bromsgrove (NatWest Cup)
St Ambrose College 49-7 Hutton GS (NatWest Vase)
St Benedict’s 7-8 KCS Wimbledon (NatWest Cup) – LIVE STREAM
St George’s College, Weybridge 17-18 Reading Blue Coat
Tring 11-14 St Columba’s College (NatWest Vase)
Trinity 19-10 Richard Collyer (NatWest Cup)
Truro School 10-3 Exeter School (NatWest Cup)
Wallington CGS 29-5 Steyning GS (NatWest Vase)
Bryanston 19-19 Beechen Cliff
Loughborough GS 13-16 Northampton SfB (NatWest Vase)
QEH 0-36 St Peter’s Gloucester (NatWest Cup)
Sexed’s 14-36 Monkton Combe
Still to come:
Harrogate GS v St John Fisher (NatWest Vase)
King William’s College v Calday Grange GS (NatWest Cup)
Milton Abbey v Downside
Tiffin v Emanuel
Merchant Taylors v Haberdashers
Mill Hill v UCS
St Joseph’s College v Denstone College
RGS Guildford v Wimbledon College