Schools Rugby Midweek Roundup: A massive midweek of rugby draws to a close

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This week has been packed full of schools rugby as the season really kicks into gear with the big kick offs in a couple of competitions.


The Schools Cup began in earnest, while the Champions Trophy also saw action as well as having the second round drawn earlier on today (Friday). Those two tournaments though are covered elsewhere, and you can read about them via the links below, here we will focus on the other rugby that took place this week, including the Schools Vase and so much more.


Schools Cup Roundup

Champions Trophy Roundup & 2nd Round Draw




The action began on Tuesday, with the evening kick off in Clifton the major talking point of the day. Clifton College hosted Millfield in the Ryan Bresnahan Memorial game, raising funds for Meningitis B through A Life for a Cure. Clifton were irrepressible despite the horrendous conditions, storming through to an impressive 29-0 victory.


Elsewhere Oakham were the latest to take on South Africa tourists Martizburg College, going down 22-0, while in the Scottish Schools Cup Loretto were 14-5 victors over Lasswade High School.


There were three games in the Schools Vase, Leicester Grammar performing superbly in Midlands A, beating Bishop Stopford 41-0 to set up a third round tie with Wellingborough, who had a bye.


In London & South East A St Lawrence College beat Chatham & Clarendon 24-5 in a late first round game and breeze through to the third round thanks to a bye. Meanwhile in South West A there was a tense 10-10 draw between Wells Cathedral and Backwell, Backwell going through after scoring first, they must wait to find out their second round opponents though.




Wednesday was a hugely busy day, again with a real showcase game in the evening as Haileybury entertained Llandovery College at Allianz Park. In a carnival atmosphere there was also some great rugby played in the curtain raiser U11 festival played beforehand. Llandovery College started like a train and shot into a lead with wing Louis Rees crossing following a really intelligent kick from the Llandovery half back. Haileybury slowly hit back with some good play and managed to get two penalties from the excellent wing Jack Barnes. However, Llandovery got another penalty to take an 8-6 lead. Haileybury skipper Callum McGurk’s impressive influence was curtailed by a yellow, but his side showed great resilience to score through Ehimen Osebor, who was prominent throughout, giving his side a 13-8 lead at the break.


Llandovery were on top in the second half and battered away but couldn’t get the breakthrough they needed through some resolute Haileybury defence, from Harry West and Ollie Firth in particular. The Welshmen missed a relatively straightforward penalty but from the 22m drop out scored a great try out wide, which was converted to put them in the box seat. Both sides missed a couple of shots at goal but Haileybury’s Jack Barnes stepped up from fully 45m to slot an excellent penalty to send Haileybury into a 16-15 lead in the dying minutes for a dramatic and enthralling victory.


That was far from the only excitement on the day either, as Cokethorpe, Dame Alice Owens, and Claires Court all secured victories by two points or less, as did Lord Wandsworth College in an absolutely stunning game of rugby at Shiplake College that ended an incredible 45-43.


Elsewhere St Ambrose College were on form for a 27-7 victory at Bolton, with Finchley CHS winning 45-14 at Enfield and Gravesend Grammar beating Beth’s Grammar 17-7.


In Scotland Dollar Academy won a good game against Dundee High School, 22-14, while Hutchesons’ Grammar were 28-14 victors over St Columba’s.


Saffron Wladen earned a 14-7 home win over Coopers’ Coborn, with Shebbear beating Plymouth College 19-10 and Truro performing exceptionally well against Ivybridge for a 26-5 victory. Gresham’s meanwhile were in good nick, beating West Norfolk RFC 40-0.


There was also some touring action on Wednesday as Lymm High School looked good once again for a 19-7 victory over South African side Benoni High School.


In the Schools Vase Bishop Heber are through to the third round in North B with a 52-17 defeat of Shrewsbury. Meanwhile in Midlands A there were three games, all in the third round, Bablake beat KES Five Ways 49-19 to progress, while RGS Worcester and KES Stratford will meet in round four after 22-13 and 35-7 victories over Hereford Cathedral and KES Camp Hill respectively.


Midlands B saw action in two games, Aylesbury Grammar continuing their outstanding form for a 50-0 defeat of St Columba’s College, to send them through to the third round, meanwhile The Perse are also through after their 26-3 victory at Richard Hale.


London & South East A saw Glyn head to round 3 thanks to an 18-7 victory at Esher College, they will face Isleworth & Syon, who were very impressive in a 53-21 victory over Saint Cecilia’s. Over in the B section there was plenty of action, perhaps most impressive of all a very tight 20-19 victory for Chislehurst & Sidcup over last year’s semi finalists, Hayes. Sutton Valence will be up next for them after an impressive 34-25 victory, a bit of a thriller, at Skinners’. Meanwhile Duke of York’s RMS also booked passage thanks to a 42-21 victory at Sir Roger Manwood’s.


Over in the South West former Cup champions St Peter’s Gloucester were sensational in South West A, a 71-0 victory over Royal Wootton Bassest. Meanwhile in the B section St Edward’s Oxford booked passage with a 21-15 victory over The Oratory, and Gordon’s will join them thanks to a 47-28 victory at Forest School.


The Schools Bowl, for those knocked out in the opening round of the Vase, also kicked off on Wednesday. St Dunstan’s College started brightly, earning a 47-0 victory over Darrick Wood, while Roundwood Park were 29-15 victors at Sir William Borlase’s. Sandringham were on form, a 45-0 victory over Samuel Ryder helping them though, similarly Maidstone Grammar, who won 40-0 at Oakwood Park.




Thursday was another busy day but without a doubt the headline was Rugby School’s trip to Harrow. Rugby have been in stunning form this season but there was some expectation that a good Harrow side would cause them more problems than anyone else had managed to so far. Harrow did cause some problems, but Rugby had the answers a pulled out yet another top class performance for a brilliant 52-14 away victory.


Elsewhere King’s Canterbury were on form at Worth for a 31-17 victory, while Beechen Cliff’s non-AASE side were very good at Prior Park, winning 56-0. Wycliffe College hosted a really good contest against Cathedral School, Llandaff, and came out on top 17-14.


There were a couple of other really exciting looking game in the form of Eton College v Tonbridge and Monkton Combe v Kingswood, but those results are yet to come through.


Meanwhile there was yet more Vase action on Thursday as 2018 champions Langley continued their excellent progress in Midlands B with a 34-10 victory over Culford. Over in the Bowl Wallington County Grammar won 38-5 at Rutlish.


You can see the full lay of the land in the U18 Schools Vase below the roundup of all the results from the week below.


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Schools Rugby Midweek Results:




Bishop Stopford 0-41 Leicester GS (Schools Vase)

Clifton College 29-0 Millfield (Ryan Bresnahan Memorial)

Loretto 14-5 Lasswade HS (Scottish Schools Cup)

Oakham 0-22 Maritzburg College (South Africa)

St Lawrence College 24-5 Chatham & Clarendon (Schools Vase)

Wells Cathedral 10-10 Backwell (Schools Vase)




Aylesbury GS 50-0 St Columba’s College (Schools Vase)

Bablake 49-19 KES Five Ways (Schools Vase)

Bolton 7-27 St Ambrose College

Chislehurst & Sidcup GS 20-19 Hayes (Schools Vase)

Cokethorpe 8-7 Royal Latin

Dame Alice Owens 21-20 Broxbourne

Dollar Academy 22-14 Dundee HS (Scottish Schools Cup)

Enfield GS 14-45 Finchley CHS

Esher College 7-18 Glyn (Schools Vase)

Forest 28-47 Gordon’s (Schools Vase)

Gravesend GS 17-7 Beth’s GS

Haileybury 16-15 Llandovery College – Allianz Park

Hereford Cathedral 13-22 RGS Worcester (Schools Vase)

Hutchesons’ GS 28-14 St Columba’s

Isleworth & Syon 53-21 Saint Cecilia’s (Schools Bowl)

KES Stratford 35-7 KES Camp Hill (Schools Vase)

Lymm HS 19-7 Benoni HS (South Africa)

Oakwood Park 0-40 Maidstone GS (Schools Bowl)

Reading 22-24 Claires Court

Richard Hale 3-26 The Perse (Schools Vase)

Saffron Walden 14-7 Coopers’ Coborn

Sandringham 45-0 Samuel Ryder Academy (Schools Bowl)

Shebbear College 19-10 Plymouth College

Shiplake College 43-45 Lord Wandsworth College

Shrewsbury 17-52 Bishop Heber HS (Schools Vase)

Sir Roger Manwood’s 21-42 Duke of York’s RMS (Schools Vase)

Sir William Borlase’s GS 15-29 Roundwood Park (Schools Bowl)

Skinners’ 25-34 Sutton Valence (Schools Vase)

St Dunstan’s College 47-0 Darrick Wood (Schools Bowl)

St Edward’s, Oxford 21-15 The Oratory (Schools Vase)

St Peter’s, Gloucester 71-0 Royal Wootton Bassett (Schools Vase)

Truro 26-5 Ivybridge Community College

West Norfolk RFC 0-40 Gresham’s




Eton College v Tonbridge – Still to come

Harrow 14-52 Rugby

Langley 34-10 Culford (Schools Vase)

Monkton Combe v Kingswood – Still to Come

Prior Park 0-56 Beechen Cliff 2nd XV

Rutlish 5-38 Wallington CGS (Schools Bowl)

Worth 17-31 King’s Canterbury

Wycliffe College 17-14 Cathedral School, Llandaff


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 0-53 Bishop Heber

Oswestry 0-45 Shrewsbury

Liverpool College v Birkenhead

St Anselm’s College v St Edward’s College

King William’s College 50-3 Castle Rushen

Altrincham GS v Sale GS

Bolton v The Grange

Bye v Bye

Bye v Bye

Newcastle Under Lyme 27-20 Adams GS

St Joseph’s College w/o Thomas Alleynes

Birkdale 24-24 Lady Manners

Nottingham HS v Priory Ruskin

King’s Grantham 55-10 Carre’s GS

Thomas Rotherham College v Hill House

South Hunsley v Bye


Round 2

Bishop Heber 17-52 Shrewsbury

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

King William’s v Altrincham GS/Sale GS

Bolton/The Grange v Bye

Newcastle Under Lyme v Bye

St Joseph’s College v Birkdale/Lady Manners

Nottingham HS/Priory Ruskin v King’s Grantham

Thomas Rotherham/Hill House v South Hunsley


Midlands A


Round 1

Hereford Cathedral School 10-7 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 31-27 KES Lichield

Bye v Bye

KES Aston v Birmingham Metropolitan

Bye v Bye

Loughborough College 55-5 Ratcliffe College

Bishop Stopford v Bye

Leicester GS w/o Robert Smyth

Bye v Bye

Wellingborough 12-10 Royal Latin


Round 2

Hereford Cathedral 13-22 RGS Worcester

KES Stratford 35-7 KES Camp Hill

Bablake 49-19 KES Five Ways

Queen Mary’s GS v Bye

KES Aston/Birmingham Met v Bye

Loughborough College v Bye

Bishop Stopford 0-41 Leicester GS

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 w/o Samuel Ryder

Richard Hale w/o St Edmunds College

The Perse v Bye

Hitchin Boys v Knights Templar

Bye v Bye

Saffron Walden 10-33 Hills Road

Mark Rutherford 20-60 Hitchingbrooke

Spalding GS 8-45 Gresham’s

Bye v Bye

Wymondham College 10-60 Langley

Culford w/o Thomas Mills

Ipswich 51-0 Woodbridge

RGS Colchester v Bye


Round 2

Aylesbury GS 50-0 St Columba’s College

Sir John Lawes v Beaumont

Richard Hale 3-26 The Perse

Hitchin Boys/Knight Templar v Bye

Hills Road v Hitchingbrooke

Gresham’s v Bye

Langley 34-10 Culford

Ipswich v RGS Colchester


London & South East A


Round 1

Tring 29-19 Hemel Hempstead

John Hampden GS 19-0 Chesham GS

Longdean w/d Parmiter’s

Rickmansworth 7-14 QES Barnet

Isleworth & Syon 43-10 Orleans Park

Grey Court w/d 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 v John Hampden

Parmiter’s v QES Barnet

Isleworth & Syon 53-21 Saint Cecilia’s

Esher College 7-18 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 12-14 Robert Clack

Bye v Bye

Coopers Coborn v Bye

Southend HS w/o 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 5-24 St Lawrence College

Bye v Bye

Duke of York’s RMS v Bye

Sir Roger Manwood’s w/o Kent College


Round 2

Robert Clack v Bye

Coopers Coborn v Southend

Dartford GS v Bye

Wilmington/Gravesend GS v Bye

Chislehurst & Sidcup 20-19 Hayes

Skinners’ 25-34 Sutton Valence

St Lawrence College v Bye

Duke of York’s RMS 42-21 Sir Roger Manwood’s


South West A


Round 1

Mount Kelly 15-7 Plymouth College

Torquay Boys’ GS 14-42 Wellington

Woodroffe v Thomas Hardye

Yeovil College v The Gryphone

Wells Cathedral 10-10 Backwell

Bristol Cathedral Choir v Frome College

St Laurence w/d Hardenhuish

Sheldon w/d Malmesbury

St Peter’s, Gloucester v Bye

Royal Wootton Bassett w/o 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 v Wellington

Woodroffe/Thomas Hardye v Yeovil College/The Gryphone

Wells Cathedral v Bristol Cathedral/Frome College

Hardenhuish v Malmesbury

St Peter’s Gloucester 71-0 Royal Wootton Basset

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 Bye

Forest v Windsor Boys’

Gordon’s w/o 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 44-7 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 21-15 The Oratory

Forest 28-47 Gordon’s

Farnborough/Godalming College v Bye

Kennet/St Bartholomew’s v Park House

Peter Symonds’ College v Bye

Exeter v Bye

Brockenhurst/Bournemouth v Bye

Clayesmore/Poole GS v Bye

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