Schools Rugby Weekend Roundup: Penultimate weekend lives up to expectations

The penultimate weekend of the school season, and the final one for a few, certainly lived up to expectations.

 

The benignly named Storm Desmond scuppered the plans of a fair few teams, particularly in the north of England, but the vast majority of matches went ahead.

 

5 Key Fixtures

 

Our five key fixtures proved highly entertaining this week, but word must first go to Bedford who finished off a fine unbeaten season, and could yet add the Daily Mail Trophy to their collection, as they beat Stowe 7-0 in turgid conditions.

 

Moving further South, the excitement ramped up with a tough and tense 12-12 draw between Cranleigh and Whitgift, two sides who have proved excellent this season.

 

Tonbridge carried into December where they left off in November, beating a good Eton College side 29-21, while St Peter’s York and Bradford Grammar played out a bit of a classic, which St Peter’s just clinched, 24-21.

 

The result of the day though came from St Paul’s, who held off a strong Wellington College side as they put in an incredibly gutsy performance to win 12-7. It was all the more impressive for the fact that St Paul’s played the entire second half with 14 men.

 

5 Previews

 

Our five previewed games suffered a little from the weather, with Durham v Barnard Castle and RGS Newcastle v QEGS Wakefield both unfortunately falling foul of the weather.

 

The other three fixtures more than made up for it. There was a thriller in Hampton as the home side beat Brighton College 27-21 in a hugely exciting game, meanwhile John Fisher showed their class to beat the recently crowned County champions, St Benedict’s, 31-14.

 

The show of the day though was surely Dulwich College’s 27-3 victory over Epsom College in Sam Howard’s final game in charge of the side. Once again they showed their ability to really rise to the occasion, a wonderful result and a fitting send off for a man who is undoubtedly a schools rugby legend.

 

Around the Grounds

 

One of the most stunning games of the day saw Denstone College beat King’s Macclesfield 31-28 with a brilliant last minute try to secure the game, a stunning way to end the term.
There was another great win for Eastbourne College as they beat St John’s Leatherhead 20-14, while in the NatWest Cup Bedford Modern are into the next round after a 17-8 win over Bishop’s Stortford High School.

 

Elsewhere there were huge wins for Bromsgrove and Solihull, while Bryanston and Canford played out a rugged 10-10 draw.

 

Reed’s meanwhile put sixty past Christ’s Hospital, and Stamford continued that stunning unbeaten home record with a 29-5 win over Loughborough Grammar School.

 

As ever, if you have any results, photos, reports, or videos from the weekend’s games, please send them in to writers@fifteenrugby.com

 

 

Schools Rugby Weekend Results:

 

5 Key Fixtures

 

Bedford 7-0 Stowe

Cranleigh 12-12 Whitgift

Eton College 21-29 Tonbridge

St Paul’s 12-7 Wellington College

St Peter’s York 24-21 Bradford GS

 

5 Previews

 

Durham v Barnard Castle – Cancelled

Epsom College 3-27 Dulwich College

Hampton 27-21 Brighton College

John Fisher 31-14 St Benedict’s

RGS Newcastle v QEGS Wakefield – Cancelled

 

Other Key Games

 

AKS Arnold 14-10 Hutton GS

Bedford Modern 17-8 Bishop’s Stortford HS (NatWest Cup)

Berkhamsted 61-5 London Oratory

Bishops Vesey’s GS 29-7 Princethorpe College

Bloxham 7-7 The Oratory

Bristol GS 12-15 Pate’s GS

Bromsgrove 50-0 KES Birmingham

Bryanston 10-10 Canford

Campion 0-29 RGS High Wycombe

Caterham 16-21 Reigate GS

Cheltenham College 20-7 Uppingham

Colfe’s 39-7 Sutton Valence

Dame Allan’s v Newcastle School for Boys – Cancelled

Denstone College 31-28 King’s Macclesfield

Eastbourne College 20-14 St John’s Leatherhead

Felsted 45-5 Norwich

Glyn 3-41 Judd

Grammar School at Leeds 0-11 Nottingham HS

Haileybury 24-13 Merchant Taylors

Hurstpierpoint College 10-7 Cranbrook

Hymers College 0-52 Woodhouse Grove

Ipswich 0-33 St Joseph’s College

KCS Wimbledon 19-14 RGS Guildford

King Edward’s Southampton 12-5 Portsmouth’s GS

King’s Worcester 52-8 Old Swinford Hospital

Kirkham GS v Sir Thomas Rich’s – Cancelled

Magdalen College 29-10 Pangbourne College

Malvern College 39-5 Colston’s

Millfield 17-7 Monmouth

Oakham 14-7 Trent College

Oundle 24-3 Rugby

Plymouth College 10-22 Blundell’s

Pocklington 26-10 Ampleforth College

Prior Park College 10-27 Dean Close

Ratcliffe College 5-45 Leicester GS

Reading Blue Coat 22-22 Dauntsey’s

Reed’s 60-20 Christ’s Hospital

Royal Hospital School 18-17 Framlingham College

Seaford College 41-0 Shiplake College

Sedbergh v Llandovery College – Cancelled

Sherborne 67-0 King’s College Taunton

Skinners’ 30-27 Trinity

Solihull 50-0 Adam’s GS

Stamford 29-5 Loughborough GS

St Olave’s GS 19-19 Dartford GS

Tiffin 25-12 Langley Park

Wallington CGS 36-7 Ravens Wood

Wimbledon College 36-7 Eltham College

Worth 3-19 City of London Freemen’s

 

Still to come:

 

Ashville College v Yarm

Aylesbury GS v St Albans

Clifton College v Bristol Academy

Coopers Coborn v Chislehurst & Sidcup GS

Crossley Heath v Stockport GS

Harrogate GS v Mount St Mary’s

King’s Canterbury v Sevenoaks

Kingswood v QEH

Lord Wandsworth College v St George’s College, Weybridge

Merchant Taylor’s v St Ambrose College

New Hall v Harrow

Northampton School for Boys v Warwick

RGS Worcester v St Peter’s Gloucester

St Anselm’s College v Rydal Penrhos

St Columba’s College v Langley Park

UCS v Haberdashers

Wirral GS v Sandbach

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