What a stunning weekend of schoolboy rugby that was. In all of the time that Fifteen Rugby has existed, it is hard to think of many weekends with more nail biting finishes.
The number of last minute kicks and late scores was astonishing, and sides in defeat often played well enough to merit a place in the discussion for a place in this week’s Top 5 School Teams of the Weekend because the margins were so fine and the level of play so high, St John’s in defeat to Brighton College for instance.
However there was only room for five, and with a few huge wins also thrown in, the decisions that had to be made were tough. So here is our Top 5 – let us know who you would have had in yours!
Top 5 School Teams of the Weekend
Brighton College v St John’s Leatherhead was one of the great schoolboy matches, so if you win it, your chances of being in the Top 5 are pretty good! Both sides are in great form this season, but that is never a guarantee of a quality fixture, indeed it is often a recipe for a rather dull game. This was far from it, despite the scoreline, with Brighton just taking it 11-10, and with it a place in the Top 5 for this week.
It was expected that Eastbourne College would beat King’s Canterbury on Saturday, perhaps that they might even do so comfortably given their excellent recruitment. Having seen King’s against Felsted, that was our feeling. However what we never expected was for Eastbourne College to put a half century on their Kent rivals and to do so without conceding a point for a stunning 55-0 win. It was quite excellent stuff, and deservedly earns a place in our Top 5.
It had not been a good start to the year for Oundle, two defeats from two games and one of them a pretty heavy one to Harrow. They faced a Bromsgrove side also with a played 2 lost 2 record, but also with back to back NatWest Cup titles in their pockets. Oundle stayed confident, but went into the last play of the game trailing 17-16 and staring a third defeat in a row right between the eyes. However up stepped Joe Green to nail a penalty to win the game with the last kick of the game, sparking huge celebrations from the Oundle faithful and a place in our Top 5.
Ordinary school sides do not often take on the AASE Colleges and there is a reason for that, they are seriously good. So when you beat one it is a big deal. When you thrash one, it is absolutely massive, and that is exactly what happened when Sedbergh meat AASE College Myerscough College on Saturday, winning 52-14 and having the game essentially done as a contest by half time. It was an utterly brilliant display.
Silcoates perhaps do not often get the mentions on these pages that they deserve, but on Saturday they did that they can do to get those mentions and that was to perform absolutely brilliantly. They scored a staggering 87 points against Ashville College on Saturday. It is a staggering amount, particularly given that a school game only last 70 minutes. Probably their only disappointment will be to have conceded 7, but with another eighty in the bag, you can hardly complain. Sensational stuff from Silcoates.
There are, of course, plenty of other who deserve a mention, Hurstpierpoint College were excellent, Whitgift proved that they are a real threat with a one point win over Wellington College, Millfield won away at the mighty Coleg Sir Gar, and Cranleigh showed their muscle against Epsom College, to name just a few.
Let us know what you think of our Top 5, and who you would have picked!