This week’s Top 5 School Teams of the Weekend sees some sides that made real statements over the weekend on the list.
It was a terrific weekend, with some stellar performances throughout, some top sides went head to head, creating major headlines across the board.
All over the country exciting results were coming through, teams such as Caterham continuing their brilliant unbeaten runs in style, while games like St John’s Leatherhead v Hurstpierpoint College were just fantastic games of rugby.
Top 5 School Teams of the Weekend
Bishop’s Stortford High School
Bishop’s Stortford High School had enjoyed a strong start to the season, with four wins from four. They were favourites to make that five from five against St Columba’s College on Saturday, but few could possibly have expected them to do so in the manner that they did. They put in a simply sensational performance, away from home no less, as they put a stunning 74 points past St Columba’s, conceding none, against a side that had shown no signs of being near that sort of defeat. A stunning performance.
Dulwich have been impressive this season, beating Epsom College and Harrow, while on narrowly losing out to Wellington College on the opening game of the season. Nevertheless, a trip to high-flying Brighton College is not as easy one, and putting in three such performances in a row is a real challenge. Dulwich rose to it though, and in dramatic style. At 17-17 in the last play of the game, they seized on loose ball deep in their own territory and went the length of the field to secure a stunning victory, winning 22-17 and securing their reputation as being one of the very best sides in the country this seaon.
Eton faced Marlborough College on Saturday, a side who were unbeaten and playing some brilliant rugby up to that point. Eton, meanwhile, had had an up and down season to that point a win against Radley in their previous block was a huge plus, however a midweek defeat to Bristol Grammar School in the Champions Trophy would have stung. Their reaction to that defeat was exemplary though, winning 17-14 in a nailbiting and thrilling contest. A brilliant victory and a wonderful response to that tough midweek result.
Millfield v Wellington College is always a massive game, but it felt even bigger this year. Millfield seem back to their best, as their unbeaten start shows, while Wellington College are as good as ever, as their own unbeaten start proved. Both have beaten stellar names, and arrived at Millfield’s Jubillee pitch in fine form. It should have come as no surprise then that what was served up was one of the most intense games of the season, but even so, when it comes it still feels like a treat and a treat it was. Millfield had the edge, taking a 20-12 victory, demonstrating that they absolutely are among the top handful of sides this year, and with it earning a place in our Top 5 this week.
Whitgift arrived at the weekend having won two and lost two of their four games, however their record did not really reflect their standings as those two defeats were to Sedbergh and Wellington College, two of the strongest schools around. Whitgift are definitely on that list too, but without a victory against one of the year’s big hitters that they wanted in order to feel like part of that elite pack. So Saturday’s victory away at Warwick was the perfect result for them, a 23-19 away win over a side that has been on fire this year, the back to back Schools Cup champions who beat them in last year’s Cup semi final. With that, Whitgift now firmly establish that they are among the top few teams in the country.