AASE Round 5 Preview & Predictions

The AASE League continues on Wednesday with the 5th Round, and one game in particular in the South looks set to capture the imagination.

 

Last year’s champions, Exeter College, face the most successful side in AASE history, Hartpury College. That is far from the only important game though as sides try to establish themselves in the top half ahead of the league split.

 

Northern Conference

 

Oaklands College have a chance to extend their advantage at the top of the table when they host Bishop Burton College. The Saracens affiliates have lost a game, while Gosforth and Worcester have not, but a game in hand has enabled them to get ahead, and with Gosforth having a bye week this week, Oaklands have a chance to really extend that advantage. The other will, of course, have the opportunity later to catch up, but it’s always good to have the points on the board, as they say.

 

Worcester 6th form College are just a point behind though and can keep the pressure on if they beat Moulton College. At home, and against a side that are yet to win a game, they will be confident, but Moulton are now pushovers, they have claimed the losing bonus point in every game this season.

 

The final game in the north sees bottom of the table Myerscough College take on fourth placed Brooksby Melton College. It is a somewhat misleading statement though, because Myerscough have only played two games so far, compared to four by Brooksby Melton.

 

Southern Conference

 

All eyes will be on the headline clash between Hartpury College and Exeter College, the winners of every AASE title up until last year against the side that took their crown. Both sit at the top end of the Southern Conference, Hartpury four points clear thanks to their game in hand with Exeter College in second with three from three. A bonus point win for Exeter would send them top even without the game in hand because of Hartpury only getting the winning bonus in three out of four games, but a win for Hartpury would put some serious distance between the two.

 

Chasing just a point behind Exeter are St Paul’s Catholic College, who have a bye week, which gives Henley College the chance to overtake them. Henley are just four points behind St Paul’s and they are at home against the bottom side, Beechen Cliff, who are without a point so far. It will be far from an easy game though, Beechen Cliff are better than their record suggests.

 

Finally in the South there is an opportunity for at least one side to claim their first win of the season as Truro College welcome SGS Filton College to town. Filton have lost four form four and Truro three from three, with each level on a single point thanks to a losing bonus point each. Whoever wins on Wednesday will gain a huge confidence boost that could be crucial for the rest of the season.

 

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AASE Round 5 Fixtures (predictions in bold):

 

Northern Conference

Myerscough College v Brooksby Melton College

Oaklands College v Bishop Burton College

Worcester 6th from College v Moulton College

Gosforth Academy – Bye

 

Southern Conference

Hartpury College v Exeter College

Henley College v Beechen Cliff

Truro College v SGS Filton College

St Paul’s Catholic College – Bye

 

AASE Northern Conference Table
Pos Team P W D L BP Points
1 Oaklands College 4 3 0 1 4 16
2 Gosforth Academy 3 3 0 0 3 15
3 Worcester 6th form College 3 3 0 0 3 15
4 Brooksby Melton College 4 1 0 3 3 7
5 Bishop Burton College 3 1 0 2 1 5
6 Moulton College 3 0 0 3 3 3
7 Myerscough College 2 0 0 2 0 0

 

AASE Southern Conference Table
Pos Team P W D L BP Points
1 Hartpury College 4 4 0 0 3 19
2 Exeter College 3 3 0 0 3 15
3 St Paul’s Catholic College 4 3 0 1 2 14
4 Henley College 3 3 0 1 2 10
5 SGS Filton College 4 0 0 4 1 1
6 Truro College 3 0 0 3 1 1
7 Beechen Cliff 3 0 0 3 0 0

 

Round 4 Results:

 

Northern Conference

Bishop Burton College 7-70 Gosforth Academy

Brooksby Melton College 21-24 Worcester 6th form College

Moulton College 24-38 Oaklands College

Myerscough College – Bye

 

Southern Conference

Beechen Cliff 7-24 Hartpury College

Exeter College 36-5 St Paul’s Catholic College

SGS Filton College 14-34 Henley College

Truro College – Bye

 

Round 3 Results:

 

Northern Conference

Gosforth Academy 68-26 Moulton College

Oaklands College 33-17 Brooksby Melton College

Worcester 6th form College 30-17 Myerscough College

Bishop Burton College – Bye

 

Southern Conference

Hartpury College 34-5 SGS Filton College

St Paul’s Catholic College 32-22 Beechen Cliff

Henley College 41-26 Truro College

Exeter College – Bye

 

Round 2 Results:

 

Northern Conference

Brooksby Melton 36-52 Gosforth Academy

Moulton College 31-35 Bishop Burton College

Myerscough College 3-22 Oaklands College

Worcester 6th form College – Bye

 

Southern Conference

Beechen Cliff 20-40 Exeter College

SGS Filton College 14-21 St Paul’s Catholic College

Truro College 14-56 Hartpury College

Henley College – Bye

 

Round 1 Results:

 

Northern Conference

Bishop Burton College 10-48 Brooksby Melton College

Oaklands College 33-38 Worcester 6th form College

Moulton College – Bye

Myerscough College v Gosforth Academy (Postponed to 1st November)

 

Southern Conference

Exeter College 60-15 SGS Filton College

Hartpury College 19-8 Henley College

St Paul’s Catholic College 24-17 Truro College

Beechen Cliff – Bye

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