Schools Rugby Weekend Roundup – Saturday 12th November

On a day where England thrilled at Twickenham, the school playing fields were equally exciting.

 

Unfortunately the setting in of the winter weather saw a few games cancelled, but where there was play there was excitement, and some very very close games indeed.

 

Focus On

 

This week’s Focus On fixtures threw up some outstanding games of rugby, and some incredibly close fought matches.

 

Rugby School’s outstanding unbeaten run this season continues as they beat an excellent Abingdon side. It was close though, oh so close, as the most famous rugby school of all fought hard for a 3-0 win.

 

3-0, as all our readers will know, is an incredibly rare result in rugby, so it is almost staggering that there was another 3-0 result in our Focus On fixtures. Champions Trophy holders Bedford hosted one of the NatWest Cup favourites, Warwick. Both had tired bodies from huge midweek Cup fixtures, but it was Bedford who managed to hold out for that most hard fought of victories, 3-0.

 

Things were close at Brighton College too, though with a few more points, as three Marcus Smith penalties secured them a 9-7 victory over Epsom College, who were playing their third game in a week.

 

Harrow’s fantastic unbeaten season continues, they were made to work hard by Eton College but secured an excellent 21-15 victory away from home.

 

There was another good win for Wellington College as they beat Hampton 12-0 thanks to two wonderful tries in a game that was dominated by the wet and slippery conditions.

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There was a huge game in Croydon as John Fisher hosted Dulwich College. It has been a tough year so far for Dulwich but they were in truly sensational form on Saturday, beating their hosts by an outstanding 46-7 margin.

 

Millfield secured a very good win against a Blundell’s side who were played their third game of the week. Millfield took full advantage for a 17-5 victory.

 

Oakham were also playing for the third time in a week, and local rivals Oundle took full advantage at home to secure a fine 14-9 victory over a side who are up there with the best, having reached the Champions Trophy semi finals.

 

Barnard Castle proved us wrong with a fantastic 17-10 away win over last year’s NatWest Cup finalists, QEGS Wakefield. The North East side have been in stunning form, and could now be a side to keep an eye on for the remainder of the season.

 

Tonbridge are another side through to the semi finals of the Champions Trophy, and they showed all of that form on Saturday for an excellent 24-7 victory over St Paul’s.

 

Around the Grounds

 

There were some fantastic games outside of our Focus On fixtures, NatWest Cup champions Bromsgrove beat Monmouth by an impressive 21-0 victory.

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Cheltenham College were on brilliant form too, beating a strong Stowe side 20-3. Bloxham were similarly good, with a 31-0 win over Merchant Taylors’.

 

Arguably the result of the weekend came in the South West as Clifton College showed off all of their talents for a stunning 80-5 victory over Bryanston, a quite outstanding victory and proof once again of just how good this Clifton side are.

 

There was another good win for Cranleigh as they secured a 26-3 victory over Hurstpierpoint College. Haileybury were also in flying form with a 39-0 win over King’s Canterbury.

 

Pocklington picked up a good 34-0 win over Hymers College, while King’s Macclesfield really flexed their muscles for a 40-3 win over Adams Grammar.

 

Marlborough College and Radley College played out a low scoring but highly exciting 3-3 draw that was as tense as they come.

 

Whitgift showed their undoubted class once more for a 31-3 victory in what is normally a close game against RGS High Wycombe. Portsmouth Grammar really showed their form with a brilliant 22-0 victory over Seaford College, while St John’s Leatherhead carried on their outstanding form with a 34-11 win over Reed’s.

 

Sedbergh were once again in dominant form as they beat RGS Lancaster 45-15 in a performance full of skill, muscle, and passion. There was a big result for St Peter’s York, too, they beat RGS Newcastle 17-15.

 

Kirkham Grammar are again probably Sedbergh’s closest challengers in the region this year. They were once again on the road, this time at Sir Thomas Rich’s, where they recorded yet another fantastic win, 45-3.

 

Things were closer in West London as St Benedict’s left it late to beat Wimbledon College, 15-14. The away side led 14-12 but in the final play Conor McPartlin landed a fantastic penalty from wide out on the Wimbledon 10 metre line to secure the win in the most dramatic of fashions.

 

Not far away there was another close game as Tiffin secured a quite brilliant win against Trinity, with the game finishing at 21-17. Trent College, on the other hand, were in utterly dominant form, beating Bradford Grammar 60-0. Caterham, meanwhile, secured a 15-0 win over Sevenoaks, and have now gone 175 minutes without conceding.

 

Friday

 

There were three huge games under the lights on Friday. At Henley Hawks KCS Wimbledon put in a strong display for a 23-12 win against Shiplake College, while Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar were also on form, beating Maidstone Grammar 31-7.

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At West Park Leeds Woodhouse Grove were once again in absolutely stunning form, beating Grammar School at Leeds 49-7, further cementing their lofty Daily Mail Trophy table position in the process.

 

You can see photos from the weekend’s action in our Gallery: Saturday 12th November.

 

If you have any photos, videos, or reports from the weekend’s school rugby, please do send them in via email (writers@fifteenrugby.com ), Facebook (www.facebook.com/FifteenRugby ), or via Twitter (@FifteenRugbyXV).

 

Schools Rugby Fixtures – Saturday 12th November (predictions in bold):

 

Focus On

Abingdon 0-3 Rugby

Bedford 3-0 Warwick

Brighton College 9-7 Epsom College

Eton College 15-21 Harrow

Hampton 0-12 Wellington College

John Fisher 7-46 Dulwich College

Millfield 17-5 Blundell’s

Oundle 14-9 Oakham

QEGS Wakefield 10-17 Barnard Castle

St Paul’s 7-24 Tonbridge

 

Around the Grounds

Austin Friars 19-12 Giggleswick

Bishop’s Stortford College 7-10 The Perse

Bishop Vesey’s GS 16-8 Bablake

Bloxham 31-0 Merchant Taylors’

Brentwood 14-10 Ipswich

Bristol GS 22-23 King’s Worcester

Bromsgrove 21-0 Monmouth

Cheadle Hulme 38-15 Bolton

Cheltenham College 20-3 Stowe

Christ’s Hospital 12-5 Worth

Churcher’s College 6-14 Pangbourne College

Claire’s Court 8-19 Reading Blue Coat

Clifton College 80-5 Bryanston

Colfe’s 17-23 Eltham College

Cranleigh 26-3 Hurstpierpoint College

Dollar Academy 10-21 Merchiston Castle

Duke of York’s RMS 46-7 Ashford

Eastbourne College 12-0 Skinners’

Ellesmere College 20-5 Calday Grange GS

Emanuel 41-3 St Dunstan’s College

Exeter School 19-22 Truro School

Glenalmond 22-12 Loretto

Glyn 24-10 Gunnersbury

Gresham’s 0-10 Norwich

Haileybury 39-0 King’s Canterbury

Hymers College 0-34 Pocklington

KES Bath 15-0 QEH

KES Birmingham 16-12 Princethorpe College

KES Southampton 15-7 Lord Wandsworth College

King’s Bruton 27-5 Monkton Combe

King’s College, Taunton 7-29 Taunton School

King’s Macclesfield 40-3 Adams GS

Kingswood 22-15 Colston’s

London Oratory 14-22 Campion

Loughborough 10-7 Nottingham HS

Magdalen College 26-0 Aylesbury GS

Malvern College 21-10 Dean Close

Marlborough College 3-3 Radley College

Merchant Taylors’, Crosby 21-14 Wilmslow HS

Mill Hill 0-15 Uppingham

Northampton School for Boys 24-10 Leicester GS

Pate’s GS 19-12 KES Stratford

Portsmouth GS 22-0 Seaford College

Prior Park College 0-10 Downside

Ratcliffe College 5-30 Wellingborough

Reed’s 11-34 St John’s Leatherhead

Reigate GS 26-0 Sutton Valence

RGS Guildford 29-17 Judd

RGS High Wycombe 3-31 Whitgift

RGS Lancaster 15-45 Sedbergh

RGS Newcastle 15-17 St Peter’s York

RGS Worcester 31-14 Old Swinford Hospital

Robert Gordon’s College 12-36 Fettes College

Royal Hospital School 3-8 The Leys

Sevenoaks 0-15 Caterham

Sherborne 3-14 Canford

Sir Thomas Rich’s 3-45 Kirkham GS
Stamford 19-11 Berkhamsted

St Ambrose College 7-10 Lymm HS

St Benedict’s 15-14 Wimbledon College

St Columba’s College 26-21 St George’s Harpenden

St Edward’s College v Rydal Penrhos – Cancelled

St Edward’s, Oxford 13-10 The Oratory

St George’s College, Weybridge 5-3 City of London Freemen’s – NatWest Vase

St Peter’s Gloucester 64-0 The Crypt

Stonyhurst College v Ampleforth College – Cancelled

Tiffin 21-17 Trinity

Trent College 60-0 Bradford GS

Wallington CGS 14-5 Latymer Upper

Watford GS 13-5 Haberdashers

Wellington School 8-0 Queen’s College, Taunton

Windsor Boys 0-15 UCS

Wirral GS v Manchester GS – Cancelled

Worksop College 55-21 Ashville College

Wycliffe College 37-21 Sidcot

Wymondham College 22-7 Wisbech GS

Yarm 12-19 Durham

 

Friday

Chislehurst & Sidcup GS 31-7 Maidstone GS

Shiplake College 12-23 KCS Wimbledon

Woodhouse Grove 49-7 Grammar School at Leeds

 

Still to come:

Cokethorpe v King Henry VIII, Coventry

Cooper’s Coborn v Richard Hale

Dartford GS v Bishop’s Stortford HS

Dauntsey’s v Bishop Wordsworth’s

Felsted v New Hall

Langley v St Joseph’s College

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