Another excellent week of schools rugby beckons, and with some crucial NatWest Cup ties and a key Daily Mail Trophy fixture, it could go some way to dictating the end of season fall out.
It is not quite as busy as the last couple of weeks have been, but there is still plenty of quality rugby ahead.
On Monday St Albans beat St Columba’s College 12-3 in the County Cup semi final, they face Haileybury in the final next week.
Tuesday did not have many games either, but what games it did have were excellent.
There were two key NatWest Cup fixtures, Oundle v Leicester Grammar School and Stowe v Wycliffe College. Oundle v Leicester Grammar in Midlands B saw the two sides compete for a trip to Langley in the last 32, Oundle took the spoils with a powerful 22-5 win. You can see our report here: Oundle v Leicester Grammar School.
Stowe will host Portsmouth Grammar in South West A after they beat Wycliffe College by a strong 39-7 scoreline. St Edward’s Oxford lost 15-0 to Australian side King’s Parramatta, they will see each other again soon though, St Edward’s meet them again on their own tour in July.
As ever, Wednesday was the busiest day of the week and it featurds some crucial games.
Arguably the biggest game of the week was Millfield v Sedbergh. The two had already met this season, when Sedbergh again travelled to Millfield in the Champions Trophy, winning a tough game 19-15.
This time it was another close and competitive battle as these two most prestigious of rugby schools played out a highly entertaining 11-11 draw.
You can see the full game below:
There were a couple of NatWest Cup ties, St Joseph’s College travelled to Campion, the scene of a shock defeat in the Cup for them a couple of years ago, they avenged that this time around, but it was another tight contest, with St Joseph’s running out as 15-7 winners.
RGS Newcastle hosted St Peter’s York in what was billed as being a potential Cup classic, it certainly did not let anyone down as St Peter’s won a thriller 28-20.
In the NatWest Vase there were narrow wins for Churcher’s College and Hymers College, while Newcastle-Under-Lyme and Shrewsbury played out a 14-14 draw. The win of the day in the competition though was a 52-22 effort for YArm over Dame Allan’s.
St Benedict’s and London Oratory met in the County Cup Final at Allianz Park, St Benedict’s were hugely impressive as they secured a 33-15 win to claim the silverware.
Outside of the Cups, there was a great 59-19 win for Seaford College over Hurstpierpoint College at Cobham RFC, while King’s MAcclesfield beat Stockport Grammar 29-12 in another impressive result.
There are more results still to come in.
On Thursday King’s Paramatta’s tour continued with a game against Loughborough Grammar, where they collected their second win of the week, 40-12.
As ever, if you have any results, photos, or reports from this week’s games, please send them in to firstname.lastname@example.org
Schools Rugby Midweek Results:
Beechen Cliff v Bishop Wordsworth – Cancelled
St Albans 12-3 St Columba’s College
Oundle 22-5 Leicester Grammar (NatWest Cup) – See report here
St Edward’s Oxford 0-15 King’s Paramatta (Aus)
Stowe 39-7 Wycliffe College (NatWest Cup)
Bablake 31-0 Solihull 6th form College
Campion 7-15 St Joseph’s College (NatWest Cup)
Dame Allan’s 22-52 Yarm (NatWest Vase)
Dartford GS 34-12 Colfe’s (NatWest Vase)
Giggleswick 45-5 Austin Friars
Hymers College 13-10 Craven College (NatWest Vase)
Millfield 11-11 Sedbergh
Mount St Mary’s 12-13 Ampleforth College
Reading Blue Coat 13-15 Churcher’s College (NatWest Vase)
RGS Newcastle 20-28 St Peter’s York (NatWest Cup)
Seaford College 59-19 Hurstpierpoint College (Cobham RFC)
Shrewsbury 14-14 Newcastle-Under-Lyme (NatWest Vase)
St Benedict’s 33-15 London Oratory (County Cup Final)
Stockport GS 12-29 King’s Macclesfield
Loughborough GS 12-40 King’s Paramatta (Aus)
Still to come:
Bishop’s Stortford College v Mill Hill
Kent College v Simon Langton
Latymer Upper v Emanuel
King’s Worcester v Tewkesbury
St Ambrose College v Ashville College (NatWest Vase)