Schools Rugby Midweek Roundup: U18 Vase dominates an exciting week of rugby

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There was plenty of schools rugby over the course of this week, with the start of the U18 Schools Vase the dominant feature.


There was plenty of other rugby too though, not least Whitgift making a winning start in the U18 Schools Cup. They won the tournament last year and kicked off the first round well in advance of anyone else on Wednesday as they beat St Olave’s Grammar 78-0 to head into the second round.


Elsewhere Hampton kicked off their season with an excellent 19-7 victory over John Fisher, who had beaten Eton in their opener at the weekend, a very strong start from the men in South West London.


There were some exciting games against touring opposition too, on Tuesday Clifton College faced Chilean side The Grange. They had made a few changes after a strong start to the season on Saturday and went down 28-7 to what appears a strong Grange outfit. Then on Thursday Mount St Mary’s played their first game of the season against Cardinal Newman from Argentina. On a blustery day the two sides both had a real go, Newman particularly strong in the set piece and in tight, but Mount St Mary’s defended the channel perfectly for a four tries to two 22-12 victory, a perfect set up ahead of their first game proper against St Peter’s York on Saturday.


Cranbrook had an exciting 33-27 win over Gravesend Grammar on Wednesday, similarly Leicester Grammar won a tight one against Welbeck on the same day, 10-5. In Scotland there was a Cup win for Kelvinside Academy, beating Jordanhill 41-27, while Hutchesons’ Grammar and Glasgow Academy drew 19-19. Meanwhile over in Wales Brynteg got off to a good start, beating Christ College 27-17on Wednesday before Cathedral School, Llandaff beat Monkton Combe 15-10 on Thursday.


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Schools Rugby Midweek Results:




Clifton College 7-28 The Grange (Chile)




Christ College 17-27 Brynteg

Cranbrook 33-27 Gravesend GS

Hampton 19-7 John Fisher

Kelvinside Academy 41-27 Jordanhill (Scottish Schools Cup)

Whitgift 78-0 St Olave’s GS (Schools Cup)

Hutchesons’ GS 19-19 Glasgow Academy

Leicester GS 10-5 Welbeck




Cathedral School, Llandaff 15-10 Monkton Combe

Mount St Mary’s College 22-12 Cardinal Newman (Argentina)


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U18 Schools Vase Round 1 Results/Round 2 Fixtures


North A


Round 1

QEGS Penrith 7-40 Austin Friars

Bye v Bye

QEHS Hexham v Gateshead College

Yarm v Bye

Newcastle School for Boys v Tyne Metropolitan College

Emmanuel College v Bye

KES Morpeth v Bede Academy

Bye v Bye

Bye v Bye

Ampleforth College 12-20 Ripon GS

Bye v Bye

Ilkley GS v Harrogate GS

Bye v Bye

Rodillian v Crossley Heath

Runshaw College v AKS Lytham

Sandbach v Bye


Round 2

Austin Friars v Bye

QEHS Hexham/Gateshead College v Yarm

Newcastle SfB/Tyne Metropolitan v Emmanuel College

KES Morpeth/Bede Academy v Bye

Ripon GS v Bye

Ilkley GS/Harrogate GS v Bye

Rodillian/Crossley Heath v Bye

Runshaw College/AKS Lytham v Sandbach


There were only a couple of confirmed first round results in North A, one seeing Austin Friars head straight to the third round after their 40-7 defeat of QEGS Penrith, a second round bye follows so their next game will be in the third round. The only other result so far in North A also sees a side head straight to Round 3. Ripon Grammar beat Ampleforth College 20-12 and now head straight to the third round where either Ilkley Grammar or Harrogate Grammar will be their opponent.


North B


Round 1

Rydal Penrhos v Bishop Heber

Oswestry 0-45 Shrewsbury

Liverpool College v Birkenhead

St Anselm’s College v St Edward’s College

King William’s College v Castle Rushen

Altrincham GS v Sale GS

Bolton v The Grange

Bye v Bye

Bye v Bye

Newcastle Under Lyme v Adams GS

St Joseph’s College v Thomas Alleynes

Birkdale v Lady Manners

Nottingham HS v Priory Ruskin

King’s Grantham v Carre’s GS

Thomas Rotherham College v Hill House

South Hunsley v Bye


Round 2

Rydal Penrhos/Bishop Heber v Shrewsbury

Liverpool College/Birkenhead v St Anselm’s College/St Edward’s College

King William’s/Castle Rushen v Altrincham GS/Sale GS

Bolton/The Grange v Bye

Newcastle Under Lyme/Adams GS v Bye

St Joseph’s College/Thomas Alleynes v Birkdale/Lady Manners

Nottingham HS/Priory Ruskin v King’s Grantham/Carre’s GS

Thomas Rotherham/Hill House v South Hunsley


There were even fewer games confirmed in the North B section, just one, but it was a superb Shrewsbury victory. There win in outstanding form for a 45-0 defeat of Oswestry, sending them to round 2 where either Rydal Penrhos of Bishop Heber will be waiting for them.


Midlands A


Round 1

Hereford Cathedral School v Hereford 6th form College

RGS Worcester 28-0 Prince Henry’s

KES Stratford 39-7 Kenilworth

Princethorpe v KES Camp Hill

Bablake 22-7 King Henry VIII, Coventry

KES Five Ways 28-14 KES Birmingham

Bye v Bye

Queen Mary’s GS v KES Lichield

Bye v Bye

KES Aston v Birmingham Metropolitan

Bye v Bye

Loughborough College v Ratcliffe College

Bishop Stopford v Bye

Leicester GS v Robert Smyth

Bye v Bye

Wellingborough 12-10 Royal Latin


Round 2

Hereford Cathedral/Hereford 6th form v RGS Worcester

KES Stratford v Princethrorpe/KES Camp Hill

Bablake v KES Five Ways

Queen Mary’s GS/KES Lichfield v Bye

KES Aston/Birmingham Met v Bye

Loughborough College/Ratcliffe College v Bye

Bishop Stopford v Leicester GS/Robert Smyth

Wellingborough v Bye


Midlands A was a far busier section of the competition, RGS Worcester booked their round 2 place with a 28-0 victory over Prince Henry’s, there will face the winner of the Hereford derby, Cathedral School v 6th form College. KES Stratford also booked their passage by beating Kenilworth 39-7, either Princethorpe of KES Camp Hill await them. One round two fixture was completely confirmed, it will be Bablake v KES Five Ways as Bablake beat local rivals King Henry VIII 22-7 and Five Ways beat KES Birmingham 28-14. The final result in Midlands A was a 12-10 win for Wellingborough over Royal Latin, who now have a bye and safe passage to round 3.


Midlands B


Round 1

Aylesbury GS 56-5 Sir William Borlase’s GS

Roundwood Park 21-31 St Columba’s College

Sir John Lawes 31-15 Sandringham

Beaumont v Samuel Ryder

Richard Hale v St Edmunds College

The Perse v Bye

Hitchin Boys v Knights Templar

Bye v Bye

Saffron Walden v Hills Road

Mark Rutherford v Hitchingbrooke

Spalding GS v Gresham’s

Bye v Bye

Wymondham College v Langley

Culford v Thomas Mills

Ipswich v Woodbridge

RGS Colchester v Bye


Round 2

Aylesbury GS v St Columba’s College

Sir John Lawes v Beaumont/Samuel Ryder

Richard Hale/St Edmund’s College v The Perse

Hitchin Boys/Knight Templar v Bye

Saffron Walden/Hills Road v Mark Rutherford/Hitchingbrooke

Spalding GS/Gresham’s v Bye

Wymondham College/Langley v Culford/Thomas Mills

Ipswich/Woodbridge v RGS Colchester


The top end of the Midlands B section saw a decent amount of action, Aylesbury Grammar were sensational for a 56-5 win over Sir William Borlase’s and will now play St Columba’s College, who won away at Roundwood Park 31-21. The only other side to book their passage through were Sir John Lawes, who saw off Sandringham 31-15.


London & South East A


Round 1

Tring v Hemel Hempstead

John Hampden GS v Chesham GS

Longdean v Parmiter’s

Rickmansworth 7-14 QES Barnet

Isleworth & Syon v Orleans Park

Grey Court v Saint Cecilia’s

Rutlish v Esher College

Glyn 22-21 Wallington CGS

George Abbot 24-36 Harris City Academy

Bye v Bye

London Oratory 36-0 Royal Alexandra & Albert

Reigate GS v Bye

Bye v Bye

Worth 5-12 Richard Collyer

Bye v Bye

Worthing 17-24 Eastbourne College


Round 2

Tring/Hemel Hempstead v John Hampden/Chesham

Longden/Parmiter’s v QES Barnet

Isleworth & Syon/Orleans Park v Grey Court/Saint Cecilia’s

Rutlish/Esher College v Glyn

Harris City Academy v Bye

London Oratory v Reigate GS

Richard Collyer v Bye

Eastbourne College v Bye


There was a cracking knockout contest in London & South East A as Glyn and Wallington County Grammar went back and forth, Glyn eventually just edging it 22-21 to set up a second round game against either Rutlish or Esher College. Elsewhere Harris City Acaedmy were 36-24 victors at George Abbot and will heat straight to the third round. There is a cracker lined up for round 2 now, a 36-0 win for London Oratory over Royal Alexandra and Albert sees them face Reigate Grammar next, who had a first round bye. There is even a confirmed third round tie, Richard Collyer v Eastboure College. Both won their opening games, 12-5 at Worth for Richard Collyer and 24-17 at Worthing for Eastbourne, and both have second round byes.


London & South East B


Round 1

Davenant v Robert Clack

Bye v Bye

Coopers Coborn v Bye

Southend HS v King John

Beths GS v Dartford GS

Bye v Bye

Wilmington GS v Gravesend GS

Bye v Bye

Chislehurst & Sidcup GS 43-0 St Dunstan’s College

Darrick Wood 0-46 Hayes

Skinners’ 58-10 Oakwood Park GS

Maidstone GS 17-28 Sutton Valence

Chatham & Clarendon v St Lawrence College

Bye v Bye

Duke of York’s RMS v Bye

Sir Roger Manwood’s v Kent College


Round 2

Davenant/Robert Clack v Bye

Coopers Coborn v Southend/King John

Beth’s/Dartford GS v Bye

Wilmington/Gravesend GS v Bye

Chislehurst & Sidcup v Hayes

Skinners’ v Sutton Valence

Chatham & Clarendon/St Lawrence College v Bye

Duke of York’s RMS v Sir Roger Manwood’s/Kent College


Last year’s semi finalists Hayes have set up a second round game at Chislehurst & Sidcup after they beat Darrick Wood 46-0 and Chislehurst and Sidcup saw off St Dunstan’s 43-0. Skinners’ also booked their passage with a 58-10 victory over Oakwood Park, they will face Sutton Valence, who had a good run last year, after they won 28-17 at Maidstone Grammar.


South West A


Round 1

Mount Kelly v Plymouth College

Torquay Boys’ GS 14-42 Wellington

Woodroffe v Thomas Hardye

Yeovil College v The Gryphone

Wells Cathedral v Backwell

Bristol Cathedral Choir v Frome College

St Laurence v Hardenhuish

Sheldon v Malmesbury

St Peter’s, Gloucester v Bye

Royal Wootton Bassett v Cirencester College

Bye v Bye

Marling 5-15 Wycliffe College

Bye v Bye

Holmleigh Park HS v Tewkesbury

Bye v Bye

St Edward’s, Cheltenham v The Cotswold


Round 2

Mount Kelly/Plymouth College v Wellington

Woodroffe/Thomas Hardye v Yeovil College/The Gryphone

Wells Cathedral/Backwell v Bristol Cathedral/Frome College

St Laurence/Hardenhuish v Sheldon/Malmesbury

St Peter’s Gloucester v Royal Wootton Basset/Cirencester College

Wycliffe College v Bye

Holmleigh Park/Tewkesbury v Bye

St Edward’s Cheltenham/The Cotswold v Bye


Wellington School got off to a flyer in South West A, winning 42-14 at Torquay Boys Grammar, a trip to either Mount Kelly of Plymouth College is their reward. Meanwhile Wycliffe College will be heading straight to the third round thanks to a second round bye after their 15-5 win at Marling on Wednesday.


South West B


Round 1

St Edward’s, Oxford 64-21 Lord Williams’

The Oratory v Maiden Erlegh

Forest v Windsor Boys’

Gordon’s v Howard of Effingham

Farnborough 6th form College v Godalming College

Bye v Bye

Kennet v St Bartholomew’s

Park House v Bye

Bye v Bye

Peter Symonds’ College v KES Southampton

Bye v Bye

Exeter v Bye

Bye v Bye

Brockenhurst College v Bournemouth

Bye v Bye

Clayesmore v Poole GS


Round 2

St Edward’s Oxford v The Oratory/Maiden Erlegh

Forest/Windsor Boys v Gordon’s/Howard of Effingham

Farnborough/Godalming College v Bye

Kennet/St Bartholomew’s v Park House

Peter Symonds’ College/KES Southampton v Bye

Exeter v Bye

Brockenhurst/Bournemouth v Bye

Clayesmore/Poole GS v Bye


St Edward’s Oxford had a fun day at the office in their Vase opener, winning 64-21 at home to Lord Williams’, they will next be facing either The Oratory or Maiden Erlegh. Elsewhere there has not been too much rugby, but with a swathe of second round byes, a lot of third round fixtures are soon to be announced.

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