Schools Rugby: Weekend Preview – 27th November

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After a simply outstanding midweek of schools rugby it is all set to be a mammoth weekend on the schoolboy rugby scene as some of the biggest games of the season take place.

NextGenXV will be live streaming two of the games, on Friday night we will be screening Hurstpierpoint College v Caterham before a Saturday game that could well be the single biggest game of the season so far as Millfield and Clifton College go head to head in a potentially season defining game.

Those are far from the only two big games though, and right across the country those huge games keep on coming, not least in our Ten to Watch, which this week features some absolute schoolboy classics.

Ten to Watch

Cranleigh v Hampton

A real classic of the last decade or so, this fixture, two fantastic school sides going head to head in what promises to be a superb game of school rugby. It’s a first game in ten days for Hampton after their defeat of Henley College, while for Cranleigh it is an opportunity to bounce back after defeat to Epsom College last time out, whom Hampton also missed out to narrowly earlier in the season. Both have had some really strong performances this year, indeed Epsom College’s defeats of Brighton College and Trinity back in September look more impressive with each passing week, while Hampton have been superb in their performances against the likes of KCS Wimbledon, Dulwich College, and indeed against Brighton College too. It should be a brilliant contest.

Who will win Cranleigh v Hampton?

Harrow v Bedford

Always a big fixture, this one feels particularly interesting, Bedford had a tough out at Oakham last weekend, but then on Wednesday reached the Quarter Finals of the Schools Cup with a defeat of Felsted. Harrow are hoping for the same when they take on Hampton next week, and are heading into this one with an unbeaten streak that runs all the way back to September, when Whitgift’s defence just managed to hold out this impressive Harrow unit. It will be a tough for Bedford but they have put in some impressive displays this year. For Harrow it is a huge opportunity as they look ahead to a stretch of the season that could well prove defining, with that Cup game against Hampton followed by major encounters against both Epsom College and Wellington College, with a very high finish in the Daily Mail Trophy a serious possibility.

Who will win Harrow v Bedford?

Hurstpierpoint College v Caterham

The first of our live games this weekend, and what a game it promises to be at Horsham RFC. We have previewed the game in detail elsewhere, Hurstpierpoint College v Caterham preview, but it is set to be a cracker – these two have not played too often through the years, so Friday night ought to be very special indeed and you can watch it all via the live stream link below, kicking off at 7.15pm on Friday night.

Who will win Hurstpierpoint College v Caterham?

Millfield v Clifton College

Our second live stream of the weekend, kicking off at 2.30pm on Saturday, and what a cracker it promises to be. Arguably the biggest game of the season to date as these two unbeaten sides go head to head in an epic contest. The winner will put themselves into an immensely strong position to contest for the Daily Mail Trophy and each has produced moments of unbelievable quality this season. Quite simply, it is about as big as it gets and with Bristol Bears’ Ioan Lloyd and Tom Whiteley in the commentary box, the off-field should be fantastic too. We have preview the game in detail here: Millfield v Clifton College preview, and you can watch the live stream via the link below and on our YouTube channel, as with all of our streams.

Who will win Millfield v Clifton College?

Oakham v Stamford

A huge game between two big local rivals, and this year, once again, two of the strongest sides on the schools rugby circuit. Oakham in particular have been fantastic, particularly so recently having beated Oundle, Moulton College, and Bedford resoundingly since half term. The big one though was on Tuesday when they travelled to Rugby School in the Schools Cup and beat them 36-26, this being a Rugby School side that has looked utterly brilliant this year. Stamford’s last outing was a defeat to Berkhamsted, but the Hertfordshire side are one of the top four or five sides in the country and are unbeaten all season. Stamford are a tough nut to crack and they will be eager to point that out at the home of their rivals. It will take a big performance, but Stamford are more than capable of that.

Who will win Oakham v Stamford?

Seaford College v Brighton College

This is a huge game and one with plenty of intrigue to it as well. Brighton College have proven themselves to one of the absolute top teams in the country, with a run to the final of the St Joseph’s Festival and an unbeaten record that stretches back to mid-September. Since half term they have been sublime, beating Tiffin in style before the most clinical final ten minutes you will see against Epsom College en route to a 31-15 victory. A trip to Seaford College is a challenge for anyone though, Seaford are a big and physical side with some real quality sprinkled around as well. When their game clicks it is an absolute joy to watch, and if both sides are on form then the way they match up should make for something brilliant. One of the games of the weekend, without doubt.

Who will win Seaford College v Brighton College?

Sherborne v Cheltenham College

Sherborne and Cheltenham College are two sides whose records probably do not quite reflect the quality of some of their play. Sherborne are on a good run at the moment though, a strong win over Marlborough College followed by a Cup victory over Ivybridge Community College have them riding high, and there is a real sense of momentum ahead of this game. Cheltenham are riding a confidence wave too though after an epic victory last Thursday night at Kingsholm, where they beat local rivals Sir Thomas Rich’s 25-22 in a joyous evening of school rugby. Saturday should be another such occasion between two sides that have the ability to play some top class rugby.

Who will win Sherborne v Cheltenham College?

St Benedict’s v John Fisher

The St Benedict’s machine continues to march on, so much so that they made our Top 5 School Teams of the Weekend for last week. They are unbeaten in their regular season games, only a tight loss to the awesome Harrow in the Cup spoiling a completely unblemished season, and they are riding right at the top end of the Daily Mail Trophy and are in with a shot of the big prize. So this game against John Fisher is key to that aim, but it will be one of their tougher ones, John Fisher have had some great press this week and will be really keen to prove themselves against such a high riding side. They are on a tough run though, so will need to turn things around or St Benedict’s magnificent season will continue.

Who will win St Benedict's v John Fisher?

Tonbridge v Radley College

This is a mouth-watering game. These two actually met at Radley College back in October, and it was then that this outstanding Tonbridge side ended Radley College’s run that had seen them as one of the form teams in the whole country since the start of the year. Tonbridge have been sublime this season, only Harrow and a stunning Skinners’ performance have got the better of them, and last week they put in a brilliant effort against Dulwich. With Radley and Wellington their last two games, they will be keen to finish on a supreme high. Radley meanwhile are unbeaten since half term but two of their four games have been cancelled so they will be itching simply to get into form and rhythm on Saturday. They have three games left, and a victory on Saturday would help get their momentum absolutely flying for a cracking end to the year.

Who will win Tonbridge v Radley College?

Warwick v Rugby

This should be a really interesting game, both sides have a bit of a point to prove. Rugby knocked Warwick, the perpetual finalists, out of the Cup a fortnight ago in a really tight 13-10 victory. Then on Wednesday Rugby were knocked out themselves in a classic against Oakham. So Rugby are going to be absolutely itching to bounce back from that, while Warwick are going to be desperate to prove their point that they can better Rugby after such a close encounter. With both having faced and challenged each other so recently, the competition on Saturday should be fierce and it ought to make for an absolute classic.

Who will win Warwick v Rugby?

Friday 26th November

Along with our live stream of Hurstpierpoint College against Caterham, there are some other fantastic looking fixtures this weekend. Not least Magdalen College v Shiplake College in a classic Friday night light encounter. It should be a cracking game and one to keep a close eye on – we will be live streaming Shiplake College’s next Friday night game against Pangbourne College on the 10th December.

Elsewhere, Lymm High School and Calday Grange Grammar go head to head in a great looking game in the north west, while Kirkham Grammar School stretch their legs against Northern Irish opposition in the form of Ballymena Academy, which should be an absolutely superb schools rugby occasion. Meanwhile Chatham & Clarendon go up against St Lawrence College while Sevenoaks face Wetherby.

Saturday 27th December

Our Ten to Watch is far from the only excitement this weekend, and one game definitely worth paying attention to is Berkhamsted v RGS High Wycombe. Berkhamsted are unbeaten and flying high, a tilt at the Daily Mail Trophy title is a real possibility. They ought to have the advantage of RGS, however the Wycombe men are full of confidence after their smashing victory over Bromsgrove last time out.

There are some great games not far from there, too. Eton College v Dulwich College is a staple classic of the school scene and this year could produce a wonderful game of rugby. Meanwhile look out for Reading Blue Coat, who appeared on our live stream on Thursday in that stunning U18 Vase performance, hosting Tiffin. Meanwhile at The Oratory, there should be an exciting match-up as St Edward’s Oxford come to town.

Into Oxford, where Abingdon host a very impressive RGS Guildford side, who last week claimed victory against St Paul’s, look out for that one. Further west still, King’s Worcester look to keep up that post-Modus Cup momentum when the host Old Swinford Hospital, meanwhile Malvern College  host King’s great rival RGS Worcester, in a game that should be a cracking contest. 

Uppingham v Oundle is a massive game, these are two great old rivals in every department and tend to have some fantastic games against each other, expect a huge crowd on Uppingham’s storied Leicester playing fields, where some great names have made their mark against Oundle. Bablake & King Henry VIII will pose a big threat at Loughborough Grammar, and not too far from there Worksop and Wisbech Grammar will go head to head. In Northamptonshire, meanwhile, Wellingborough host KES Stratford.

Norwich, who seem to be really hitting their stride, host The Leys on Saturday, while it’s a massive game in Cambridge for The Perse as they welcome Samuel Whitbread Academy, along the road, Merchant Taylors’make the trip out to East Anglia to take on New Hall and outside of Bury St Edmunds it is Culford v Gresham’s, while in Hertfordshire Richard Hale host Watford Grammar, and St Albans travel to Mill Hill. 

Further into the South East, KCS Wimbledon v Emanuel could be very tasty, KCS have been utterly brilliant all season and both sides were in stunning form recently, scoring over 70 points and scoring tries aplenty, if both open up then it could be a thriller. Elsewhere in London, Campion host Bedford Modern, while for City of London Freemen’s it’s a visit from Worth, while Langley Park and Ravens Wood also go head to head as well as Latymer Upper and UCS.

Skinners’ are having an absolutely glorious season and will have another chance to add to that on Saturday when they welcome a strong Eltham College side. Meanwhile it’s a trip to St Olave’s for Colfe’s, and Chislehurst & Sidcup welcome Coopers’ CobornRGS Colchester are in action at Bancroft’s.

St Paul’s have a big game on Saturday, coming off the back of that defeat to RGS Guildford, taking on a Solihull side that also have a point to prove. Trinity meanwhile are full of confidence after their defeat of Whitgift in the Schools Cup in midweek and are playing some of the best rugby around right now, they travel to The Judd but will need to stay sharp to keep their run going.

Elsewhere, Reed’s host London Oratory and Maidstone Grammar head to Dartford Grammar, with Sir Joseph Williamson’s heading to Gravesend Grammar. Towards the South Coast, Christ’s Hospital have a tricky game at Churcher’s College, while KES Southampton host Ryde.

Portsmouth Grammar travel along from the South Coast for a tricky game against Bishop Wordsworth’s, meanwhile further West the big Taunton derby is one to look out for King’s College Taunton v Taunton School, always a passionate occasion. Fellow rivals Queen’s College are in action at Monkton Combe, while King’s Bruton are at home to Warminster and QEH host Kingswood.

Colston’s look to bounce back from their Schools Plate defeat as they host Exeter School, while Bristol Grammar and Pate’s Grammar go head to head in a big one. Rendcombe College meanwhile host Clifton High and Dauntsey’s welcome Wells Cathedral.

Sir Thomas Rich’s, who have had some great games this year, head to The Crypt, of whom the same could be said. Meanwhile there are two big Anglo-Welsh clashes, Hereford Cathedral hosting Christ College in a fixture with real history behind it, and Wellington School welcoming Cathedral School Llandaff.

From the South West to the North West, where St Anselm’s College fresh from their Vase triumph in midweek, host Ellesmere College. Meanwhile Kirkham Grammar look to continue their sparkling rugby with a trip to Merchant Taylors’, and Bolton head to Birkenhead. Manchester Grammar, are at Wilmslow High, while AKS Lytham travel to Hutton Grammar.

King’s Macclesfield have a tough task on their hands, they travel up to Sedbergh, fresh from that stunning game from Sedbergh at Broadstreet against Wellington College, truly one of the great schoolboy games. Sedbergh will need to be back up at that level again on Saturday, and will doubtless be determined to.

Their old rivals, Barnard Castle have a huge north-eastern derby against Durham, while RGS Newcastle travel down to QEGS Wakefield for another classic clash. Meanwhile look out for Woodhouse Grove, the unsung heroes of this season, they host Hymers College. Elsewhere Bradford Grammar are at Pocklington and Giggleswick welcome Stonyhurst College.

Scotland has some massive games this weekend too, including a game that has produced some classics down the years, Merchiston Castle v George Heriots. Elsewhere in Edinburgh George Watson’s head to Edinburgh Academy, with Stewart’s Melville hosting Dollar Academy.

Hutchesons’ Grammar will be looking to extend their stunning season to date when they welcome Balfron High, while Dundee High host Robert Gordon’s College and Morrion’s Academy head to Bell Baxter. Meanwhile Strathallan and Fettes College go head to head in one that could be a cracker.

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Friday 26th November

Ballymena Academy v Kirkham Grammar

Chatham & Clarendon v St Lawrence College

Hurstpierpoint College v Caterham

Lymm High v Calday Grange Grammar

Magdalen College v Shiplake College

Wetherby v Sevenoaks

Saturday 27th November

Abingdon v RGS Guildford

Bancroft’s v RGS Colchester

Barnard Castle v Durham

Bell Baxter v Morrison’s Academy

Berkhamsted v RGS High Wycombe

Birkenhead v Bolton

Bishop Wordsworth’s v Portsmouth Grammar

Bristol Grammar v Pate’s Grammar

Campion v Bedford Modern

Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar v Coopers’ Coborn

Churcher’s College v Christ’s Hospital

City of London Freemen’s v Worth

Colston’s v Exeter

Cranleigh v Hampton

Culford v Gresham’s

Dartford Grammar v Maidstone Grammar

Dauntsey’s v Wells Cathedral

Dundee High v Robert Gordon’s College

Edinburgh Academy v George Watson’s College

Eton College v Dulwich College

Giggleswick v Stonyhurst College

Glasgow High v St Columba’s

Gravesend Grammar v Sir Joseph Williamson’s

Harrow v Bedford

Hereford Cathedal v Christ College

Hutchesons’ Grammar v Balfron High

Hutton Grammar v AKS Lytham

KCS Wimbledon v Emanuel

KES Southampton v Ryde with Upper Chine

King’s Bruton v Warminster

King’s College, Taunton v Taunton

King’s Worcester v Old Swinford Hospital

Langley Park v Ravens Wood

Latymer Upper v UCS

Loughborough Grammar v Bablake & King Henry VIII, Coventry

Malvern College v RGS Worcester

Merchant Taylors’, Crosby v Kirkham Grammar

Merchiston Castle v George Heriot’s

Mill Hill v St Albans

Millfield v Clifton College

Monkton Combe v Queen’s College, Taunton

New Hall v Merchant Taylors’

Norwich v The Leys

Oakham v Stamford

Pocklington v Bradford Grammar

QEGS Wakefield v RGS Newcastle

QEH v Kingswood

Reading Blue Coat v Tiffin

Reed’s v London Oratory

Rendcomb College v Clifton High

Richard Hale v Watford Grammar

Seaford College v Brighton College

Sedbergh v King’s Macclesfield

Sherborne v Cheltenham College

Skinners’ v Eltham College

St Anselm’s College v Ellesmere College

St Benedict’s v John Fisher

St Olave’s Grammar v Colfe’s

St Paul’s v Solihull

Stewart’s Melville v Dollar Academy

Strathallan v Fettes College

The Crypt v Sir Thomas Rich’s

The Judd v Trinity

The Oratory v St Edward’s, Oxford

The Perse v Samuel Whitbread Academy

Tonbridge v Radley College

Uppingham v Oundle

Warwick v Rugby

Wellingborough v KES Stratford

Wellington School v Cathedral School, Llandaff

Wilmslow High v Manchester Grammar

Woodhouse Grove v Hymers College

Worksop College v Wisbech Grammar

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