Wellington College secured a third Daily Mail Trophy title in a row on Saturday with their victory over St Paul’.
This year’s title comes with the champions still having a game to play, and having had a huge a potentially bountiful clash against Sedbergh cancelled last week.
The third title was wrapped up with a 30-13 victory over St Paul’s, who beat them at the same stage last year, delaying the confirmation of Wellington’s second title.
Behind Wellington things are far from finalised though, with plenty of room for movement. Harrow remain in second place, their title challenge was ended by their recent defeat to Wellington recently, but a strong win over Radley has seen them put themselves in a strong position to finish the year in second.
The big climbers of the weekend were St Peter’s York, whose 66-0 win over Bradford Grammar, their last of the competition, shot them from sixth up to third.
That spelled bad news for Sedbergh, who slipped from third to fifth as they have not had a game this weekend. However they play Millfield in a crucial clash on Wednesday, a win will secure either side a high finish, while defeat will see them slide down the table.
Kirkham Grammar School’s excellent win at King’s Macclesfield sees them stay in fourth place. They are unbeaten in their eleven games, and will hope to make in twelve in midweek. They have undoubtedly played some of the best rugby around, but once again a slightly weaker fixture list sees them just unable to clinch the title.
Clifton College won a thriller at Sir Thomas Rich’s on Saturdya and that sees them move up a place from seventh to sixth, with Rugby School’s victory over Oundle also seeing them climb, from eighth to seventh.
The rise of those two school’s was unfortunate for Brighton College though, their game against Hampton had to be abandoned due to an injury and that sees them slip from sixth to eighth.
Millfield came from behind to beat Monmouth but stay in ninth despite being level on points with Brighton College and Rugby ahead of them, however the teams are separated by League Points currently, with Rugby ahead of Brighton, followed by Millfield. Millfield have a big chance to climb the table on Wednesday when they beat Sedbergh though, potentially as high as fifth, but defeat might see them slip from the Top 10 altogether, adding even more spice to an already huge game of rugby.
Woodhouse Grove remain in tenth thanks to their victory over Hymers College. The 2013 Champions will be hoping to stay there having finished their season, but with Canford and St John’s below them still having fixtures left.
The final word must go to the magnificent Wellington College, whose third title in a row is a truly outstanding achievement. Their fixture list helps their ability to accumulate Merit Points thanks to their ‘opposition bonuses’, but winning ten of eleven fixtures on that circuit really is an incredible feat. To put in that level of consistency for three years in succession is even more impressive and a testament to everyone involved, players, coaches, supporters, parents, even groundstaff. Everyone makes a difference when a school is achieving such brilliant feats.
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|Daily Mail Trophy Table Top 10 – Week Twelve|
|Pos||School||P||W||D||L||League Points||Merit Points|
|1||Wellington College (C)||11||10||0||1||48||7.16|
|3||St Peter’s, York||8||8||0||0||35||6.18|