Schools Rugby Midweek Preview: A massive few days of rugby lie ahead

Following an epic weekend of schools rugby a busy midweek is now upon us and there is going to be some classic action throughout the week.

 

There is Vase action, a little bit of Cup action, plenty of regular fixtures and also an exciting number of touring fixtures, bringing a fitting international flavor to a week that will culminate in the opening games of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

 

Monday

 

The action all begins on Monday evening when South African tourists Maritzburg College take on Eltham College. It is a fast turnaround for Eltham, who were in action at Campion on Saturday, but expect a great occasion and a fun game of rugby.

 

Tuesday

 

Things get slightly busier on Tuesday, and there are another couple of touring games that ought to attract some healthy crowds on the touchline. RGS Newcastle will have a development side out against Argentine side, St Andrews while their countrymen at St Albans College will be in action away at KES Southampton.

 

The Schools Vase also has some exciting action (the full round 1 & 2 draw is at the foot of this piece), 2018 champions Langley make the trip to Wymondham College in Midlands B, the winner there will be through to the second round to play either Culford or Thomas Mills. In the same section Gresham’s make the trip to Spalding Grammar, with the winner there in a great position as they receive a bye straight to round 3.

 

Elsewhere King’s Macclesfield host Cheadle Hulme and Mount Kelly welcome Plymouth College, while in the Scottish Schools Cup Glenalmond College host Earlston High School.

 

Wednesday

 

There are two big U18 Schools Cup games on Wednesday, in Midlands B the 2019 Vase champions, Samuel Whitbread Academy, will travel to Bedford Modern as they aim to replicate last year’s Vase success in the main tournament. A tie against either Bishop’s Stortford College or The Perse is the reward for the winner. Meanwhile in London & South East B Seevic College host Colfe’s, with the winner there facing a Campion side that made it through to the second round thanks to an excellent win over Eltham College on Saturday.

 

Over in the Vase there is plenty of action on Wednesday, North A sees Runshaw College host AKS Lytham, the winner faces Sandbach in Round 2 after they received a first round bye. Meanwhile in North B Lady Manners travel to Birkdale, with either St Joseph’s College or Thomas Alleynes the reward for the winner.

 

Midlands A sees Princethorpe College host KES Camp Hill, KES Stratford await the winners of that one, while over in London & South East A Rutlish and Esher College go head to head for the chance to meet Glyn in Round 2. London & South East B sees Dartford Grammar travel to Beth’s Grammar, with the winner earning a bye straight to Round 3.

 

Elsewhere on Wednesday outside of the knockouts Abraham Darby welcome Queen Mary’s Grammar, while Shrewsbury travel to Wrekin College. There should be a cracking game in the North West as Wirral Grammar and Lymm High School go head to head, and with the likes of St Ambrose College v Altrincham Grammar and Stockport Grammar v Wilmslow High School also going on, there is some fantastic rugby on offer in the region.

 

Over in the South East Watford Grammar host Merchant Taylors’ and Trinity look to build on their Croydon derby success from Saturday as they host Gordon’s. Simon Langton, meanwhile, host Maidstone Grammar and Ewell Castle travel to Royal Alexandra & Albert.

 

Skinners’ travel the short hop to Cranbrook, and Harris City Acaedmy host Reigate College. Meanwhile last year’s U18 Vase semi finalists, Hayes, look to carry on their brilliant for of the last couple of years as they host Glyn.

 

Denstone College have been tearing up trees in this opening couple of weeks and have another opportunity to show their class on Wednesday as they welcome what will be a tough Worksop College outfit, while elsewhere RGS Worcester travel to The Crypt and Shebbear College make the journey to Exeter School.

 

Elsewhere there are some good looking contests such as King Henry VIII Coventry v KES Aston and KES Five Ways v St Joseph’s, while further south Bancroft’s travel to KEGS Chelmsford and Latymer Upper host Saint Cecilia’s, meanwhile King’s Gloucester welcome Katherine Lady Berkeley’s and Marling host Cleeve, with Richard Hale hosting Enfield Grammar.

 

The big touring games continue on Wednesday and this one will be a mammoth one as Millfield look to recover from Saturday’s disappointment against RGS High Wycombe when they welcome what is sure to be a very powerful and impressive South African group from Maritzburg College, not a game to be missed.

 

There are also three Scottish Schools Cup games on Wednesday as Glasgow Academy host Gordonstoun, Hutchesons’ Grammar welcome Boroughmuir High School, and Strathallan travel to Linlithgow Academy.

 

Thursday

 

Thursday has some massive fixtures including the last of the midweek Vase games as Ipswich host local rivals Woodbridge in Midlands B, RGS Colchester await the winners of that.

 

Arguably the game of the day will be Cheltenham College v Marlborough College. Both have perfect records so far this season and, unusually, already have a common opponent in the form of Stowe. Cheltenham beat them 38-21 on Saturday, while on the opening weekend Marlborough won 24-10, suggesting that Thursday’s clash could be a bit of a classic.

 

It will also be worth casting an eye towards Bedford who have had a tough start to their campaign, struggling against Oundle and Rugby. They face Uppingham on Thursday and will be eyeing it up as a chance to bounce back, particularly as they have a strong record against them down the years. However Uppingham are off to a flying start, beating first the Leys and then putting fifty past The Perse. They will fancy this one too.

 

Elsewhere Monkton Combe host Sexey’s and in another exciting tour game St Albans host their namesakes, St Albans College of Argentina. Meanwhile in Scotland there is a top clash as Stewart’s Melville welcome Loretto.

 

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Schools Rugby Midweek Fixtures (predictions in bold):

 

Monday

 

Eltham College v Maritzburg College (South Africa)

 

Tuesday

 

Glenalmond College v Earlston HS (Scottish Schools Cup)

KES Southampton v St Albans College (Argentina)

King’s Macclesfield v Cheadle Hulme

Mount Kelly v Plymouth College

RGS Newcastle v St Andrews (Argentina)

Spalding GS v Gresham’s (Schools Vase)

Wymondham College v Langley (Schools Vase)

 

Wednesday

 

Abraham Darby v Queen Mary’s GS

Bedford Modern v Samuel Whitbread (Schools Cup)

Beth’s GS v Dartford GS (Schools Vase)

Birkdale v Lady Manners’ (Schools Vase)

Cranbrook v Skinners’

Crypt v RGS Worcester

Denstone College v Worksop College

Duke of York’s RMS v Sir Roger Manwood’s (Schools Vase)

Exeter v Shebbear College

Glasgow Academy v Gordonstoun (Scottish Schools Cup)

Harris City Academy v Reigate College

Harrogate GS v Yarm

Hayes v Glyn

Hutchesons’ GS v Boroughmuir HS (Scottish Schools Cup)

KEGS Chelmsford v Bancroft’s

KES Five Ways v St Joseph’s

King Henry VIII, Coventry v KES Aston

King’s Gloucester v Katherine Lady Berkeley’s

Latymer Upper v Saint Cecilia’s

Linlithgow Academy v Strathallan (Scottish Schools Cup)

Marling v Cleeve

Merchant Taylors’, Crosby v Ashton 6th form College

Millfield v Maritzburg College (South Africa)

Princethorpe College v KES Camp Hill (Schools Vase)

Richard Hale v Enfield GS

Royal Alexandra & Albert v Ewell Castle

Runshaw College v AKS Lytham (Schools Vase)

Rutlish v Esher College (Schools Vase)

Seevic College v Colfe’s (Schools Cup)

Simon Langton GS v Maidstone GS

St Ambrose College v Altrincham GS

St Andrew’s v St Bede’s

Stockport GS v Wilmslow HS

Trinity v Gordon’s

Watford GS v Merchant Taylors’

Wirral GS v Lymm HS

Wrekin College v Shrewsbury

 

Thursday

 

Bedford v Uppingham

Cheltenham College v Marlborough College

Ipswich v Woodbridge (Schools Vase)

Monkton Combe v Sexey’s

St Albans v St Albans College (Argentina)

Stewart’s Melville v Loretto

 

U18 Schools Vase Draw:

 

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

 

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

 

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 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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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