It has been a bust few days of schools rugby as the first weekend moved into the first midweek of the season.
There is more rugby to come on Friday evening ahead of a massive Saturday of schools rugby, but prior to that there was some real excitement on Wednesday and Thursday.
There has also been plenty of U18 Schools Vase action this week, which we will cover elsewhere, but suffice to say it was been an exciting first round!
A good day of rugby on Wednesday saw a strong win for Pangbourne College against Reading as they took a 34-5 victory, giving them an excellent start to the season.
Shrewsbury were in flying form too as they beat Wrekin College by an impressive 38-0 margin. Just as impressive were Truro School, who beat Truro College’s 2nd XV 48-5, no mean feat when you bear in mind that their 1st XV is a very strong AASE side.
Elsewhere Simon Langton will be feeling good this weekend after they beat Kent College 22-5, while it was a strong day for Christ’s Hospital too as they beat Ryde 24-14. Bethany, meanwhile, were 9-3 winners at home to St Dunstan’s.
One of the top performers of all though were Nottingham High School, who bounced back from a defeat to Stamford at the weekend, that could have gone either way until a couple of late scores took the game away from them, to set up a superb 47-7 win at Hill House, filling them with confidence ahead of their game against Bishop Vesey’s on Saturday – who had a storming win last weekend.
Thursday was a big day as some major sides went head to head, not least in the South West where Canford hosted Bryanston. It was a big game for both, particularly Canford who had a tough loss to Millfield on Saturday. For Bryanston it was the first game of the season, and it was they who came away with the smiles after a strong performance saw them secure a 34-17 win away from home.
Dean Close had also been in action at the weekend with a good win over RGS Worcester. They travelled to Magdalen College, who themselves had enjoyed a win on Saturday, over Bloxham. Dean Close continued to show the quality that we saw on Saturday though, beating their hosts 27-7 for a perfect start to the season.
Monkton Combe also made it a perfect start after they had beaten Clayesmore on Saturday. They welcomed Cathedral School Llandaff on Thursday and produced a brilliant performance to secure a 63-5 victory.
Meanwhile in Scotland there was a thriller in Loretto as Fettes College secured an exciting 47-30 victory in a wonderful game of rugby.
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Schools Rugby Midweek Fixtures (predictions in bold):
Bethany 9-3 St Dunstan’s
Christ’s Hospital 24-14 Ryde
Kent College 5-22 Simon Langton GS
Hill House 7-47 Nottingham HS
Pangbourne College 34-5 Reading
QES Kirkby Londsdale 33-22 Lancaster RGS 2nd XV
Shrewsbury 38-0 Wrekin College
Truro 48-5 Truro College 2nd XV
Canford 17-34 Bryanston
Loretto 30-47 Fettes College
Magdalen College 7-27 Dean Close
Monkton Combe 63-5 Cathedral School, Llandaff