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Schools Rugby Weekend Roundup

As we near half term the school rugby season just keeps on treating us to more and more spectacular rugby.

 

This weekend saw some jaw dropping results, hearing some of the results coming in and the teams that had secured them was exhilarating on Saturday, and the quality of play was high too.

 

Focus On

 

Our Focus On fixtures more than lived up to expectations, starting with Abingdon. The Oxfordshire side have been impressive this season, but a game against Warwick, fancied as one of the best in the country, seemed a tall order. However the men in pink put in an outstanding shift to win 18-13.

 

There was excitement at the home of the NatWest Cup champions too. Bromsgrove and Millfield played out an absolute thriller, sharing 59 points as Millfield secured an exciting 31-28 victory in a game that really could have gone either way.

 

If spectacular is what you are after, then look no further than Canford. They have had a superb start to the season, but nobody could possibly have foreseen the 51-5 beating that they handed Epsom College on Saturday, a truly spectacular performance that will have the rest of the Champions Trophy teams quaking in their boots in this week’s second round.

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One of the oldest fixtures in schools rugby is Cheltenham College v Rugby School. It was the inventors of the game who came out on top this time, and in quite brilliant fashion, winning by an impressive 42-16 scoreline.

 

Two sides that seem to be on the up are Eltham College and Felsted. They met on Saturday, with the men from Felsted coming out on top with a strong 39-17 victory.

 

One side who have really been churning out the big scores are Kirkham Grammar School. They faced a potentially stiffer challenge on Saturday though in the form of Denstone College, yet still came out with a huge 55-0 victory.

 

A much closer game was QEGS Wakefield v St Peter’s York. It was expected to be a close game, with QEGS probably just slight favourites, however the men from York put in a huge shift to win 24-15.

 

Sedbergh, on the other hand, were in hugely destructive form against Durham, winning 60-13 with England U18 number 8 Sam Moore in particularly ominous from for the men in brown.

 

Another schools classic saw Radley College travel to Tonbridge, with the home side securing a good 27-7 victory.

 

So to the Croydon Derby, where John Fisher travelled to Whitgift in search of an upset over their greatest rivals. They threw everything at it against this very strong Whitgift side, however the home side absorbed everything, eventually securing a very solid 13-6 victory.

 

Around the Grounds

 

There was plenty else to be impressed by on Saturday, starting with superb wins for Bedford Modern and Bloxham, who beat London Oratory and Dean Close 55-2 and 53-12 respectively.

 

Blundell’s and Bryanston played out a really entertaining game, with Blundell’s secured a good away victory, 29-22. Meanwhile Bedford were back to winning ways with a decent 22-12 win over Dulwich College.

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Eastbourne College’s excellent for was once again on show with a 43-9 win over Cranbrook, so too Haileybury’s, as they beat St Albans 43-7 as they prepare for their Wednesday night encounter with Harrow.

 

KCS Wimbledon secured a highly impressive 34-22 victory over a very strong Eton College side, while Clifton College’s flying start to the season carried on again with a brilliant 45-15 victory over Marlborough College.

 

Things were tight in East Wales as Monmouth lost by a solitary point to Sir Thomas Rich’s, 23-22. St John’s Leatherhead picked up yet another very solid win, beating RGS Guildford 33-5. There was a great win for Berkhamsted, who beat the impressive RGS High Wycombe 14-3.

 

Seaford College were in sensational form against Reigate Grammar, winning by a stunning 42-9 margin, while Cranleigh were equally impressive with a 52-0 win over Shiplake College.

 

Hampton secured a good 23-3 win over St Benedict’s, while Harrow’s great start continues with a 31-14 win over St Paul’s. Stowe and Oundle played out an exciting game in Buckinghamshire, with Stowe edging it 28-23.

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Brighton College picked up another tight win, 13-11 over Trinity, while Stamford won their derby at Uppingham, 24-3.

 

There was a huge 53-7 win for Wellington College, who beat Sherborne 53-7, with Dylan Moss secured 28 points for the second week running, helping his side avenge their shock defeat last year.

 

Friday

 

There were also four Friday night games, starting with a spectacular spectacle under the lights in Yorkshire as Woodhouse Grove beat Bradford Grammar 29-14.

 

Further south Caterham beat Colfe’s 29-17, while Wallington CGS put forty points on Langley Park and Windsor Boys beat Latymer 20-14.

 

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Schools Rugby Weekend Results:

 

Focus On:

 

Abingdon 18-13 Warwick

Bromsgrove 28-31 Millfield

Canford 51-5 Epsom College

Cheltenham College 16-42 Rugby

Eltham College 17-39 Felsted

Kirkham GS 55-0 Denstone College

QEGS Wakefield 15-24 St Peter’s, York

Sedbergh 60-13 Durham

Tonbridge 27-7 Radley College

Whitgift 13-6 John Fisher

 

Around the Grounds:

 

Ashville College 26-48 Mount St Mary’s College

Bablake 32-12 Princethrope College

Barnard Castle 23-12 Pocklington

Bedford Modern 55-3 London Oratory

Bishop Wordsworth 40-12 Kingswood

Bloxham 53-12 Dean Close

Brentwood 17-55 Bishop’s Stortford College

Bryanston 22-29 Blundell’s

Cardinal Vaughan 5-54 Wisbech GS

Cheadle Hulme 19-29 Stockport GS

Chislehurst & Sidcup GS 8-31 Campion

Christ College 19-10 Hereford Cathedral School

City of London Freemen’s 6-15 Christ’s Hospital

Dulwich College 12-22 Bedford

Eastbourne College 43-9 Cranbrook

Ellesmere College 16-11 King Henry VIII, Coventry

Haileybury 43-7 St Albans

KES Stratford 30-18 Bishop Vesey’s

KES Southampton 51-3 Ryde School

KCS Wimbledon 34-22 Eton College

King’s College, Taunton 8-30 Bristol GS

King’s Worcester 31-14 Loughborough

Loretto 53-47 Dundee HS

Manchester GS 57-0 St Anselm’s College

Marlborough College 15-45 Clifton College

Merchant Taylors’ 5-7 UCS

Merchiston Castle 10-27 Stewart’s Melville

Mill Hill 5-12 Sevenoaks

Monmouth 22-23 Sir Thomas Rich’s

New Hall 32-10 Dartford GS

Norwich 0-49 Langley

Pangbourne College 6-22 Portsmouth GS

QEH 0-39 Pate’s GS

Queen’s College, Taunton 34-10 Mount Kelly

Reed’s 29-12 King’s Canterbury

RGS Guildford 5-33 St John’s Leatherhead

RGS High Wycombe 3-14 Berkhamsted

RGS Newcastle 30-14 Austin Friars

Rossall 17-41 Giggleswick

Seaford College 42-9 Reigate GS

Shiplake College 0-52 Cranleigh

Skinners’ 8-28 Judd

St Ambrose College 20-14 Grammar School at Leeds

St Benedict’s 3-23 Hampton

St Edward’s, Oxford 24-3 Magdalen College

St Joseph’s College, Stoke 0-42 Newcastle-Under-Lyme

St Paul’s 14-31 Harrow

St Peter’s, Gloucester 15-5 Solihull

Stowe 28-23 Oundle

Strathallan 34-21 Fettes College

Taunton 12-31 Colston’s

Trinity 11-13 Brighton College

Uppingham 3-24 Stamford

Wellington College 53-7 Sherborne

Worksop College 8-56 Trent College

Worth 3-13 Hurstpierpoint College

Yarm 29-12 Dame Allan’s

 

Friday

 

Caterham 29-17 Colfe’s

Wallington CGS 40-14 Langley Park

Winsdsor Boys 20-14 Latymer

Woodhouse Grove 29-14 Bradford GS

 

Still to Come

Bishop’s Stortford HS v RGS Colchester

Dauntsey’s v Downside

Hymers College v Ampleforth College

KES Birmingham v Stafford GS

Lord Wandsworth College v Churcher’s College

Plymouth College v Truro School

Prior Park College v Monkton Combe

Wimbledon College v St George’s College, Weybridge

Wirral GS v Wilmslow HS

Wycliffe College Cokethorpe

Wymondham College v Gresham’s

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