Schools Rugby Midweek Roundup: A sensational week of rugby ahead of a big weekend

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It has been a packed week of schools rugby action, with Cup and Vase games aplenty and some exciting tour matches alongside the usual midweek fixtures.


There were a few more that usual, too, with some independent schools having exeat weekend’s this weekend and therefore opting to fill the gap with a midweek fixture.


Here’s what’s been going on each day this week (the Schools Vase section by section Round 1 & 2 layout is at the foot of this article).




There was just one fixture on Monday as Eltham College welcomed South African tourists Maritzburg College. It was a fantastic occasion but the big visitors just had too much for the hosts, who had been in action just 48 hours before, winning 39-14.




On Tuesday it was the turn of the Argentine tourists to take over. St Andrews headed to RGS Newcastle where the hosts’ Development XV performed fantastically well for a 19-5 victory. KES Southampton meanwhile hosted St Albans College, but the hosts could not stop a strong Argentine outfit from taking victory.


In the Schools Vase Gresham’s won 45-8 at Spalding Grammar in Midlands B, and as a result they head straight into the third round thanks to a second round bye. Meanwhile, also in Midlands B, 2018 champions Langley were in brilliant form at Wymondham College, winning 60-10 to progress to the second round, where they will host either Culford or Thomas Mills.


Elsewhere Cheadle Hulme were in excellent for for a 33-17 victory over King’s Macclesfield, while Mount Kelly won 17-7 at home to Plymouth College. Glenalmond College meanwhile are into the next round of the Scottish Schools Cup thanks to a 28-15 victory over Earlston High.




Wednesday saw a couple of Schools Cup games, perhaps most impressively a 50-0 victory for 2019 Vase champions Samuel Whitbread, who were in action at Bedford Modern. Seevic College also progressed to Round 2, they were sensational at home to Colfe’s, winning 61-0.


There was a massive touring game as Maritzburg College turned out for their second game of the week. The South Africans were at Millfield, where the atmosphere was white hot on a packed Gareth Edwards pitch, the pavilion three or four rows deep. The game was a brutish physical encounter, filled with tension, but it was the hosts who came out on top by a couple of points at 15-13.


The Schools Vase saw plenty of action, Dartford Grammar looked in great form for a 21-5 victory at Beth’s Grammar, a result that sends them straight to the third round in London & South East B thanks to a second round bye. Over in London & South East A Duke of York’s RMS are into round 3 thanks to a 45-5 home victory over Sir Roger Manwood’s, while Esher College will take on Glyn thanks to a 24-19 victory at Rutlish.


In Midlands A KES Camp Hill booked a trip to KES Stratford thanks to a good 28-14 victory at Princethorpe College, with Birkdale and Lady Manners drawing 24-24 in North B.


Outside of the knockout competitions Trinity continued their fine start to the year with a 25-10 victory over Gordon’s, while Merchant Taylors’ won an absolute thriller at Watford Gramamr, 36-31. Simon Langton were in good nick against Maidstone Grammar, winning a good contest 26-19, while Royal Alexandra & Albert and Richard Hale earned strong victories over Ewell Castle and Enfield Grammar respectively.


Lymm High School and Wirral Grammar played out an absolute thriller in the Cheshire Cup, Lymm just getting the edge with a 20-18 victory. St Ambrose College were meanwhile in sensational form against Altrincham, winning 50-0.


Elsewhere Wrekin College won a cracking game against Shrewsbury 19-15, while Saint Cecilia’s and KES Five Ways both enjoyed dominant days. King Henry VIII Coventry were 15-0 victors over KES Aston, while Hayes, looking so impressive this year once again, were 46-22 victors at home to Glyn.


There was a really tight game in the south east as Skinners’ edged a low scoring one at Cranbrook, 8-3. It was close at The Crypt too, where RGS Worcester ran out 24-19 victors, meanwhile Exeter were 39-12 victors over Shebbear College. The depth of quality at Denstone College this year was on real display as the second XV looked mightily impressive for a 31-10 victory against Worksop College.
There was also Scottish Cup action on Wednesday, with Glasgow Academy beating Gordonstoun 53-7 and Strathallan winning 82-5 at Linlithgow Academy, Hutchesons’ and Boroughmuir meanwhile drew in an absolute thriller, 39-39.




Thursday had some great action, not least a continuation of the flying start to the season from Uppingham, who had probably their most impressive victory in a few seasons, winning 46-0 at Bedford.


Perhaps even more impressive though was a 35-5 victory for Cheltenham College at home to Marlborough College. The two had very similar records heading into Thursday’s game and a tight one was expected, but Cheltenham played exceptionally well for a strong victory.


Elsewhere there was a brilliant 48-0 victory for Monkton Combe against Sexey’s, while Stewart’s Melville warmed up for Saturday’s clash with RGS Newcastle with a good 32-10 victory over Loretto.


The action continues on Friday ahead of a massive round of game on Saturday, and you can see all of our previews and predictions here, School Rugby Weekend Preview: Saturday 21st September.


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Schools Rugby Midweek Results:




Eltham College 14-39 Maritzburg College (South Africa)




Glenalmond College 28-15 Earlston HS (Scottish Schools Cup)

King’s Macclesfield 17-33 Cheadle Hulme

Mount Kelly 17-7 Plymouth College

RGS Newcastle 19-5 St Andrews (Argentina)

Spalding GS 8-45 Gresham’s (Schools Vase)

Wymondham College 10-60 Langley (Schools Vase)




Bedford Modern 0-50 Samuel Whitbread (Schools Cup)

Beth’s GS 5-21 Dartford GS (Schools Vase)

Birkdale 24-24 Lady Manners’ (Schools Vase)

Cranbrook 3-8 Skinners’

Crypt 19-24 RGS Worcester

Denstone College 2nd XV 31-10 Worksop College

Duke of York’s RMS 45-5 Sir Roger Manwood’s (Schools Vase)

Exeter 39-12 Shebbear College

Glasgow Academy 53-7 Gordonstoun (Scottish Schools Cup)

Hayes 46-22 Glyn

Hutchesons’ GS 39-39 Boroughmuir HS (Scottish Schools Cup)

KES Five Ways 67-25 St Joseph’s

King Henry VIII, Coventry 15-0 KES Aston

Latymer Upper 0-35 Saint Cecilia’s

Linlithgow Academy 5-82 Strathallan (Scottish Schools Cup)

Millfield 15-13 Maritzburg College (South Africa)

Princethorpe College 14-28 KES Camp Hill (Schools Vase)

Richard Hale 33-7 Enfield GS

Royal Alexandra & Albert 43-15 Ewell Castle

Rutlish 19-24 Esher College (Schools Vase)

Seevic College 61-0 Colfe’s (Schools Cup)

Simon Langton GS 26-19 Maidstone GS

St Ambrose College 50-0 Altrincham GS

Trinity 25-10 Gordon’s

Watford GS 31-36 Merchant Taylors’

Wirral GS 18-20 Lymm HS

Wrekin College 19-15 Shrewsbury




Bedford 0-46 Uppingham

Cheltenham College 35-5 Marlborough College

Monkton Combe 48-0 Sexey’s

Stewart’s Melville 32-10 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 24-24 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 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 14-28 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 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 8-45 Gresham’s

Bye v Bye

Wymondham College 10-60 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

Gresham’s v Bye

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 19-24 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

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 5-21 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 w/o Kent College


Round 2

Davenant/Robert Clack v Bye

Coopers Coborn v Southend/King John

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 45-5 Sir Roger Manwood’s


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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