After such a busy week of rugby last week with the Champions Trophy and Schools Cup kicking off, this week was always going to be a little quieter, but only a little.
There has been rugby all week, and some brilliant rugby at that, with a few catch up games from the knockout competitions thrown in for good measure.
Felsted carried on where they left off at the weekend after that victory against Oakham, beating Bedford 21-0 to send them into the weekend absolutely raring with confidence. They face Eltham College on Saturday.
There were some big scores in Scotland on Tuesday, with Merchiston Castle in fine try-scoring form, beating Morrison’s Academy 71-7. Meanwhile Loretto were in equally punishing form, beating Lomond 63-0.
Back in England there were some really tight games, Queen’s College Taunton taking a 13-10 victory over Mount Kelly, while Wymondham College and King’s Ely drew 15-15 in Norfolk.
The Schools Plate also saw action, Saint Cecilia’s were 50-0 winners over Carshalton to kick off their Plate campaign in style.
There was also some touring rugby as New Zealand’s Lindesfarne College made the trip to RGS Newcastle. It was the hosts that held the upper hand though, winning 25-12.
Wednesday saw a couple of games take place in the Schools Cup, in North B King’s Macclesfield progressed into round three after they beat Bradford Grammar 38-3 in the first second round game to be played.
St Ambrose College meanwhile made it through to the second round as they caught up in the last remaining opening round tie, beating Cheadle Hulme 22-0.
There was a fantastic game at the Twickenham Stoop as Harlequins hosted Emanuel and Reigate Grammar. A brilliant game ensued, with Emanuel taking the spoils 21-8.
Elsewhere Bloxham’s fantastic start to the season carried on with a superb 51-12 win over Cokethorpe, while Claire’s Court were also in fine form, beating Desborough 64-0. Bolton beat Fallibroome 23-0, while Buckswood were 62-14 victors at home to Kent College.
In the North West Manchester Grammar were 12-10 winners at Hutton, while elsewhere there were wins for KES Five Ways, KES Camp Hill, and Ravens Wood.
Probably the most eagerly anticipated game of the day, indeed the week, was the Croydon derby, back after a year’s absence. It did not fail to live up to expectations as Whitgift claimed a fantastic 41-5 victory over the old rivals John Fisher.
In Scotland there were big victories for Dollar Academy and Edinburgh Academy, while is Wales Glantaf were in stunning form, beating Llandovery College 47-5. Rydal Penrhos, meanwhile, beat Oswestry 40-17.
There was an impressive win too for Princethorpe, 50-0 over Welbeck, while St Peter’s Gloucester had a very impressive 27-15 victory over Solihull.
There was a huge amount of County Cup action too, not least in Hertfordshire, where the entire competition took place over a day in a format not dissimilar to the St Joseph’s Festival. A different format, the same outcome though, as Haileybury emerged once again as the Hertfordshire County Champions.
There was plenty of U18 Schools Vase catch up action too, with wins for Wallington County Grammar, Richard Challoner, and Sutton Valence. KES Stratford enjoyed a brilliant 63-17 win over King Henry VIII, Coventry, while St Benedict’s had a spectacularly tight game against Mill Hill, winning 24-22.
Hereford 6th form College meanwhile won the Hereford derby, beating Hereford Cathedral School 21-7, while Hayes, so impressive last year, were in startling form, beating St Olave’s Grammar 77-19. Bishop Vesey’s meanwhile were 48-17 winners at home to QEGS Ashbourne.
Thursday saw the New Zealand tourists, Lindesfarne College, back in action for the second time this week as they travelled to Oakham. After a rousing haka a brilliant game of rugby broke out, with Oakham edging it in a bit of a thriller, 31-26.
Now attention turns to what promises to be another brilliant weekend of schools rugby, packed to the rafters with local derbies. You can see our preview here: Schools Rugby Weekend Preview – Saturday 6th October.
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Images via Mandy Davies & Rydal Penrhos
Schools Rugby Midweek Results:
Carshalton 0-50 Saint Cecilia’s (Schools Plate)
Felsted 21-0 Bedford
Loretto 63-0 Lomond
Morrison’s Academy 7-71 Merchiston Castle
Queen’s College, Taunton 13-10 Mount Kelly
RGS Newcastle 25-12 Lindesfarne College, New Zealand
Wymondham College 15-15 King’s Ely
Bishop Vesey’s GS 48-17 QEGS Ashbourne (Schools Vase)
Bolton 23-0 Fallibroome
Bradford GS 3-38 King’s Macclesfield (Schools Cup)
Buckswood 62-14 Kent College
Cheadle Hume 0-22 St Ambrose College (Schools Cup)
Claire’s Court 64-0 Desborough College
Cokethorpe 12-51 Bloxham
Emanuel 21-8 Reigate GS (Twickenham Stoop, 18.30ko)
Glantaf 47-5 Llandovery College
Glasgow Academy 0-78 Edinburgh Academy
Hayes 77-19 St Olave’s GS (Schools Vase)
Haileybury – County Cup Champions – Hertfordshire
Hereford 6th form College 21-7 Hereford Cathedral School (Schools Vase)
Hutchesons’ 14-64 Dollar Acaedmy
Hutton GS 10-12 Manchester GS
John Cleveland 21-51 Bablake (Schools Bowl)
John Fisher 5-41 Whitgift
KES Birmingham 7-48 KES Camp Hill
KES 5 Ways 33-24 Alcester GS
King Henry VIII, Coventry 17-63 KES Stratford (Schools Vase)
Maidstone GS 10-30 Sutton Valence (Schools Vase)
Mill Hill 22-24 St Benedict’s (Schools Vase)
Princethorpe College 50-0 Welbeck
Ravens Wood 26-15 Simon Langton GS
Rutlish 5-12 Richard Challoner (Schools Vase)
Rydal Penrhos 40-17 Oswestry
St Peter’s, Gloucester 27-15 Solihull
Wallington CGS 16-12 Harris Academy (Schools Vase)
Oakham 31-26 Lindisfarne College, New Zealand