AASE Round 3 Review: Oaklands take top spot, Exeter still going strong


Round 3 of the 2016 AASE League saw Oaklands College take over at the top of the Northern Conference.


With Worcester 6th form College, who were a point ahead of Oaklands before the day’s play, having a bye week, the opportunity was there for Oaklands away at Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth I College.


The Leicester Tigers AASE side had lost their opening two games but made life incredibly difficult for Oaklands, with the Saracens AASE side only just edging to a 12-11 victory that sees them take a four point lead from Worcester in the table.


Hot on Worcester’s tail in third and fourth are Gosforth Academy and Myerscough College. Myerscough were in stunning form to beat newcomers Bishop Burton College 50-24, though Bishop Burton did gain their first point of the season after collecting a try-scoring bonus.


For Gosforth it was a much tighter affair. They were losing to Moulton College at home, only to steal a 22-20 victory with the very last kick of the game to take them to third in the table.


Things are likely to shake around at the top end again next week, with Gosforth having a bye week and Worcester and Myerscough meeting each other. Oaklands, meanwhile, will face Bishop Burton.


In the Southern Conference Exeter College’s stunning start to the season continues, in this their first season in the league since 2011/12. They now have three wins from three, following an outstanding 29-5 victory over a Henley College side that last week ran Hartpury College extremely close.


The win keeps Exeter College at the top of the table, a point ahead of Hartpury College, who showed their class to pull away from 14-14 at half time against Ivybridge, turning it into a commanding 46-14 victory by the end of the second half, and holding on to second place in the process.


Those two are not the only sides with a 100% win ratio in the South though, last year’s newcomers, Beechen Cliff, are also three from three after they beat Truro College 27-22 in what was reportedly a very tough encounter. The win keeps the Bath AASE side in third place, seven points clear of SGS Filton College in fourth.


Filton are ahead of Henley on points difference thanks to today’s excellent 27-7 victory away at the 2014/15 finalists, St Paul’s Catholic College. St Paul’s, like Filton and Henley, have one win from three games.


Next week will see some real momentum shifts in the South though, the highlight will almost certainly be the top of the table clash between Exeter and Hartpury, with the winner guaranteed top spot.


Beechen Cliff will be hoping to stay in touch but have a tricky game away at Henley, while Moulton host Wyggeston and Truro welcome St Paul’s.


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AASE Round 3 Results:


Bishop Burton College 24-50 Myerscough College

Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth I College 11-12 Oaklands College

Gosforth Academy 22-20 Moulton College


Hartpury College 46-14 Ivybridge Community College

St Paul’s Catholic College 7-27 SGS Filton College

Beechen Cliff 27-22 Truro College

Exeter College 29-5 Henley College


AASE League Table – Northern Conference
1Oaklands College3300214
2Worcester 6th form College2200210
3Gosforth Academy320119
4Myerscough College320119
5Moulton College200222
6Wyggestion & QEI College300322
7Bishop Burton College200211


AASE League Table – Southern Conference
1Exeter College3300315
2Hartpury College3300214
3Beechen Cliff3300113
4SGS Filton College310226
5Henley College310226
6St Paul’s Catholic College310214
7Ivybridge Community College300322
8Truro College300311
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