A quiet midweek still had room for a few loud headlines as the school season kicked back into life after a stall last weekend thanks to the weather.
The NatWest Vase grabbed most of the attention this week with seven fixtures. One of the most impressive scorelines of the day saw Cokethorpe, now guided by former St Joseph’s College DoR Joel Unsworth, beat Bridgwater 41-0 to progress to the next round.
Caterham were in fine form too, beating a good Dartford Grammar side 34-16. It was good news for Crossley Heath too, who were 41-24 victors against Birkdale. Cooper’s Coborn stung Mill Hill 25-14 too.
Pangbourne College won a tight one against Churcher’s College 22-16, while Bloxham also progressed, 15-6 over Richard Hale, and Downside beat Marling 10-6.
Outside of the Vase, probably the game and result of the week was Sir Thomas Rich’s stunning 33-12 effort against Millfield, a brilliant and in many ways unexpected victory.
Another big result came for Beechen Cliff, who after only picking up one victory in the AASE season, v Gosforth Academy, beat their AASE rivals Bicton College with a great 32-5 effort.
Elsewhere Manchester Grammar beat Hutton Grammar 25-5 and Yarm beat Queen Elizabeth’s 17-10.
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Schools Rugby Midweek Results:
Beechen Cliff 32-5 Bicton College
Birkdale 24-41 Crossley Heath (NatWest Vase)
Bridgwater 0-41 Cokethorpe (NatWest Vase)
Caterham 34-16 Dartford GS (NatWest Vase)
Cooper’s Coborn 25-14 Mill Hill (NatWest Vase)
Downside 10-6 Marling (NatWest Vase)
Hutton GS 5-25 Manchester GS
Millfield 12-33 Sir Thomas Rich’s
Pangbourne College 22-16 Churcher’s College (NatWest Vase)
Queen Elizabeth 6th form College 10-17 Yarm
Richard Hale 6-15 Bloxham (NatWest Vase)