Schools Rugby Weekend Roundup – Saturday 19th November

Another busy weekend of schools rugby saw some fantastic games across the country with some crucial results.

 

As the season moves towards the business end, results become ever more crucial, particularly in regard to finishing positions in the Daily Mail Trophy. A loss now can alter a team’s position massively.

 

Focus On

 

Our Focus On fixtures were once again hugely exciting. Brighton College were again in fantastic form, seeing off a good Eastbourne College side by a hugely commanding 36-0 margin.

 

Bromsgrove’s good recent form continued as they beat RGS High Wycombe 21-15. It was even closer over in Gloucestershire, where Cheltenham College won by the narrowest of margin’s against Monmouth, 6-5.

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Whitgift held off a Dulwich side that was high on confidence after a big win over John Fisher last week. Whitgift are among the best around, and secured a superb 31-12 victory.

 

Climbing high in the Daily Mail Trophy are Woodhouse Grove, they carried on that fantastic form with another excellent win, 19-5 over Durham.

 

There was a massive game between Hampton and Bishop Wordsworth’s. Bishop Wordsworth’s have been in outstanding form and have reached the NatWest Cup quarter finals, but Hampton would be one of their biggest challenges for a while, and so it proved as the South West London side secured a superb24-22 victory.

 

One of the biggest games of the weekend was the Abingdon derby. Abingdon have been one of the form sides this year, while Radley College have struggled, however a derby always offers a big opportunity for an upset. Abingdon however held onto their form, winning a good game 35-10.

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Arguably the biggest game of the season though was Sedbergh v Warwick. Sedbergh are riding high in the Daily Mail Trophy, as ever, and are one of the best around. Warwick are a top side too though, among the favourites for the NatWest Cup. The winner here would therefore be crucial in the grand scheme of the 2016/17 schools rugby landscape. It was Sedbergh who took the victory in what was a close and thrilling victory, 27-20, a welcome result for the men in brown as they begin a crucial phase in their season.

 

St John’s Leatherhead picked up another good win, but they had to work through a very tough Haileybury side who gave them a stern test. St John’s came through it though, winning 36-21.

 

St Peter’s York carried on their outstanding season with a strong 22-0 win over Barnard Castle, a side who have been in excellent form themselves, proving just what a strong victory that was for St Peter’s.

 

Around the Grounds

 

QEGS Wakefield secured a good away victory at Bradford Grammar, 27-12, while Bristol Grammar were on fine form at home to Colston’s as they secured a superb 57-14 victory.

 

There was good news for Bryanston, who have endured a torrid couple of weeks, they got back to winning ways with a 17-15 win over Portsmouth Grammar.

 

John Fisher recovered from last week’s loss to back up their midweek Cup win with a 13-7 win over Campion. Denstone College impressed greatly as they secured a big 38-7 win over Stamford.

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KCS Wimbledon edged a thriller with Hurstpierpoint College, 24-21, while Seaford College secured a big 41-14 victory over Lord Wandsworth College. Victory was narrower but just as sweet for Eltham College, who beat New Hall 24-20.

 

There was another huge derby this weekend, the Reading derby as Reading Blue Coat and Reading School met. Reading Blue Coat were the side to perform best, taking victory with a 46-7 scoreline.

 

Epsom College bounced back from defeat in the Champions Trophy semi final in midweek to beat RGS Guildford 20-15. Sir Thomas Rich’s meanwhile were in fine try-scoring form as they beat Pate’s Grammar 47-8.

 

There was a fantastic game in London as St Paul’s beat Berkhamsted 19-17, the has become something of a classic recently, always going down to the wire. Another to have gone down to the wire this weekend was Uppingham v Stowe. Uppingham have been having a tough season and would not expect to have beaten Stowe, but they found a way to raise their game, winning 18-15, a superb victory.

 

Friday

 

Merchant Taylors’ ‘Rugby Week’ ended in absolutely stunning fashion on Friday evening as they heaped points on Shiplake College for a brilliant 47-0 win.

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There was a great win for St Benedict’s, too. They beat Trinity 29-15, while The Oratory were on tour in Ireland, beating St Gerard’s 18-15.

 

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Schools Rugby Weekend Results:

Focus On

Brighton College 36-0 Eastbourne College

Bromsgrove 21-15 RGS High Wycombe

Cheltenham College 6-5 Monmouth

Dulwich College 12-31 Whitgift

Durham 5-19 Woodhouse Grove

Hampton 24-22 Bishop Wordsworth’s

Radley College 10-35 Abingdon

Sedbergh 27-20 Warwick

St John’s Leatherhead 36-21 Haileybury

St Peter’s York 22-0 Barnard Castle

 

Around the Grounds

Bedford Modern 34-19 St Albans

Birkenhead v Rydal Penrhos – Cancelled

Bloxham 57-10 Bishop Vesey’s GS

Bradford GS 12-27 QEGS Wakefield

Brentwood 33-24 Bishop’s Stortford HS

Bristol GS 57-14 Colston’s

Bryanston 17-15 Portsmouth GS

Campion 7-13 John Fisher

Caterham 3-17 St George’s College, Weybridge

Churcher’s College 12-26 KES Southampton

City of London Freemen’s 0-29 Reigate GS

Cranbrook 26-17 Dartford GS

Dauntsey’s 15-26 Kingswood

Denstone College 38-7 Stamford

Felsted 19-17 Royal Hospital School

Giggleswick 15-13 Ampleforth College

Grammar School at Leeds v Hymers College – Cancelled

Hereford Cathedral School 0-34 RGS Worcester

Hurstpierpoint College 21-24 KCS Wimbledon

KES Birmingham 5-37 Loughborough

King Henry VIII, Coventry 23-20 Ratcliffe College

King’s Macclesfield 47-5 Wilmslow HS

King’s Worcester 18-10 Malvern College

Langley Park 35-13 Tiffin

Latymer Upper 10-15 Colfe’s

London Oratory 19-35 Wimbledon College

Lord Wandsworth College 14-41 Seaford College

Magdalen College 33-8 KES Stratford

Manchester GS v Altrincham GS – Cancelled

Mill Hill 24-19 Emanuel

New Hall 20-24 Eltham College

North Berwick 12-26 Loretto

Norwich 14-19 The Perse

Prior Park College 17-5 King’s Bruton

Queen’s College Taunton 31-0 QEH

Ravens Wood 19-19 Chislehurst & Sidcup GS

Reading Blue Coat 46-7 Reading

RGS Colchester 10-20 St Joseph’s College

RGS Guildford 15-20 Epsom College

RGS Newcastle 42-7 Dame Allan’s

Sir Thomas Rich’s 47-8 Pate’s GS

Skinners’ 17-23 Reed’s

Solihull 20-22 Nottingham HS

Stafford v Bablake – Cancelled

St Ambrose College v Sandbach – Cancelled

St Paul’s 19-17 Berkhamsted

St Olave’s 19-40 Judd

Stockport GS v Bolton – Cancelled

Uppingham 18-15 Stowe

Wellingborough 40-10 Princethorpe College

Wisbech GS 36-26 Worksop College

 

Friday

KES Bath v Beechen Cliff – Postponed

Merchant Taylors’ 47-0 Shiplake College

St Benedict’s 29-15 Trinity

St Gerard’s 15-18 The Oratory

 

Still to Come:

Bishop’s Stortford College v Framlingham College

Halliford v Wallington CGS

Hutton GS v Cheadle Hulme

Isleworth & Syon v Cardinal Vaughan

King’s College Taunton v Exeter School

Leicester GS v Langley

Northampton SfB v King’s Grantham

Pocklington v Yarm

Watford GS v UCS

West Buckland v Plymouth College

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