This weekend saw some fantastic school rugby, with some of the best sides in the country in action.
After a couple of weeks of weather-hit rugby and cancellations galore, this weekend saw just about every fixture go ahead, a perfect way for people to start getting into the 7s mindset.
Five to Watch
Our five fixtures to watch saw five impressive performnaces. Hampton again showed their class with an excellent 41-7 win over St Benedict’s, a brilliant way to bounce back from defeat to Warwick.
Warwick themselves continued their brilliant start to 2018, unbeaten and in fine form. They beat RGS High Wycombe 24-7, and with every passing week they must be feeling more and more confident ahead of their U18 Schools Cup semi final.
So too must their opponents in that game, Whitgift, who are also unbeaten in 2018 and in flying form. They were in action against St Joseph’s College, and once again they pulled out a sublime performance, winning 54-12.
St Joseph’s Festival champions Brighton College were in stunning form on Saturday beating the back to back Schools Cup quarter finalists Judd by a highly impressive 31-0 margin.
Our Five to Watch kicked off on Friday night at Widnes RFC, where King’s Macclesfield’s outstanding start to 2018 continued with another good win, this time beating Wirral Grammar 31-5.
Around the Grounds
John Fisher were in good nick on Saturday as they gear up for the start of the 7s season, beating Tiffin 43-14. Solihull meanwhile continued their good run with a 24-5 win at Loughborough Grammar.
There was a cracking Anglo-Welsh clash between Sir Thomas Rich’s and Llandovery College, with Sir Thomas Rich’s winning 22-14. Meanwhile in Scotland Edinburgh Academy beat Glasgow Academy 20-12, George Heriot’s beat Stewart’s Melville 22-5, at St Aloysius College were 19-12 victors over Dollar Academy.
Elsewhere St Ambrose continue to impress, beating Adams Grammar 12-3, with KES Birmingham 28-5 winners away at Bablake. Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar picked up a really impressive 17-12 win at home to Skinners, while Dartford Grammar once again looked good for a 12-3 win at City of London Freemen’s.
Hymers College picked up a win in a real tight one at Silcoates, 17-15, while Newcastle-Under-Lyme won a thriller over at Manchester Grammar, 24-21. Old Swinford Hospital had a cracking weekend, beating Bishop Vesey’s 40-7, while Repton were 26-7 victors at home to Abraham Darby.
The 7s season kicked off in earnest this weekend with the Seaford 7s on Sunday. Sixteen teams gathered at Seaford College, with Hurstpierpoint College running out as the winners, beating reigning champiosn Bedford 24-12 in the final. You can see our full roundup of the Seaford 7s here: Hurstpierpoint College win Seaford 7s.
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Schools Rugby Weekend Results – Saturday 27th January:
Five to Watch
Hampton 41-17 St Benedict’s
Judd 0-31 Brighton College
Kings Macclesfield 31-5 Wirral GS (Friday)
RGS High Wycombe 7-24 Warwick
Whitgift 54-12 St Joseph’s College
Adams GS 3-12 St Ambrose College
Bablake 5-28 KES Birmingham
Chislehurst & Sidcup GS 17-12 Skinners’
City of London Freemen’s 3-12 Dartford GS
Edinburgh Academy 20-12 Glasgow Academy
Heriot’s 22-5 Stewart’s Melville
John Fisher 43-14 Tiffin
Loughborough GS 5-24 Solihull
Manchester GS 21-24 Newcastle-Under-Lyme
Old Swinford Hospital 40-7 Bishop Vesey’s GS
Repton 26-7 Abraham Darby
Silcoates 15-17 Hymers College
Sir Thomas Rich’s 22-14 Llandovery College
St Aloysius College 19-12 Dollar Academy
Seaford College 7s – Hurstpierpoint College – Cup Champions