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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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
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