It has been an excellent week of Schools Rugby, with some great fixtures to lead us into a busy Friday evening and a great looking Saturday of rugby.
The week’s school rugby news has largely been dominated by the last few remaining Schools Cup, Plate, Vase, and Bowl Last 32 fixtures, but there has been plenty of other rugby going on too.
You can view our roundup of those knockout fixtures here though, including a look ahead to the last 16: U18 Schools Cup, Plate, Vase, & Bowl Roundup.
Tuesday was a relatively quiet day but Merchiston Castle were in flying form in the Scottish Schools Cup as they secured a 35-5 win away at George Heriot’s. Meanwhile in a big Welsh derby, Monmouth got one over on Christ College Brecon with an 18-8 victory.
Wednesday saw plenty of action, not least a fantastic Cheshire Cup victory for Wilmslow High School, who were 40-12 victors over King’s Macclesfield.
There was a massive match at Allianz Park on Wednesday evening as Berkhamsted and Oakham met. A brilliant game unfolded under the lights, with Berkhamsted coming out on top, 36-14.
Mill Hill and Emanuel were also in action in a stadium as they travelled to play under the lights at Rosslyn Park. Mill Hill won a tight game, 10-3.
Elsewhere there was some thrilling games, Tiffin beating Gordon’s 34-29, while QEGS Penrith beat QES Kirkby Lonsdale 31-22, Aylesbury Grammar meanwhile were 34-12 victors over Lord Williams’.
Dr Challoner’s won a thriller against Royal Latin, 21-19, while KES Five Ways enjoyed a strong 33-19 victory over KES Aston and Pangbourne secured a superb 36-0 win away at LVS Ascot.
Over in Wales Llandovery College were back to winning ways, beating Coleg Gwent 26-17, while back in England there was a 36-10 win for Robert Clack over Harris Academy, and a 34-10 win for Bolton at Rossall. Glyn, meanwhile, beat Royal Alexandra & Albert 45-12, while Sir Roger Manwood’s were 46-12 victors over Kent College, and Old Swinford Hospital were in excellent form against St Peter’s Gloucester, winning 25-3.
Thursday saw one particularly special game as Queen’s College Taunton celebrated their 175th Anniversary with a match against The Leys. In part the game was to mark Armistice Day too, and in particular the Hosegood brothers, two of whom went to The Leys and one to Queen’s. All three lost their lives during the First World War but their nephew, Paul Kirton, was in attendance to present the match trophy.
As for the rugby, it was a fantastic game and a brilliant occasion. Refereed by Gallagher Premiership referee Tom Foley. The hosts built a lead but it was The Leys that took victory, coming from behind to win 34-24.
Elsewhere Trent College enjoyed an impressive 40-28 win at Leicester Grammar, while Worth were 31-10 victors at home to Bethany.
Image via Queen’s College, Taunton
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Schools Rugby Midweek Results:
George Heriot’s 5-35 Merchiston Castle (Scottish Schools Cup)
Monmouth 18-8 Christ College, Brecon
Aylesbury GS 34-12 Lord Williams’
Berkhamsted 36-14 Oakham (Allianz Park)
Dr Challoner’s GS 21-19 Royal Latin
KES Aston 19-33 KES Five Ways
Llandovery College 26-17 Coleg Gwent
LVS Ascot 0-36 Pangbourne College
Mill Hill 10-3 Emanuel (Rosslyn Park)
QEGS Penrith 31-22 QES Kirkby Lonsdale
Robert Clack 36-10 Harris City Academy
Rossall 10-34 Bolton
Royal Alexandra & Albert 12-45 Glyn
Sir Roger Manwood’s 46-12 Kent College
St Peter’s, Gloucester 3-25 Old Swinford Hospital
Tiffin 34-29 Gordon’s
Wilmslow HS 40-12 King’s Macclesfield
Leicester GS 28-40 Trent College
Queen’s College, Taunton 24-34 The Leys
Worth 31-10 Bethany