ACE League: City of Oxford College and Hartpury College march into ACE Finals

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City of Oxford College will face Hartpury College in the 2021 ACE League Final after they topped their respective Division 1 Pools on Wednesday afternoon.

It is a first ever ACE League final for City of Oxford College, who are only in their second campaign, while for Hartpury College it is quite the opposite, they have reached the final in all but two ACE/AASE seasons and have never lost once they have reached the final.

City of Oxford sealed their place by topping Division 1 Pool A thanks to a 31-12 defeat of Truro College, who had not lost since the opening week of the season. The crucial factor was a trying scoring bonus points because SGS Filton College had found some real form, they actually beat City of Oxford last week and on Wednesday put Brooksby Melton College to the sword, 52-18. 

So had City of Oxford not secured the bonus point, they, Truro, and Filton would all have been level on nine points. As it was though, City of Oxford secured the fourth try and will now play their first every ACE League Final in what should be an epic encounter.

Hartpury College are a formidable opponent, they have been the dominant side in the competition by a distance since its formation, and they have been spectacular again this year. Winning every single game.

They have been challenged though, in round one of this second stage Bishop Wand gave them a really close game however on Wednesday they showed their class, this time against Gosforth Academy. Hartpury won it 39-7, scoring six tries in the process to seal their place in the final. The question was whether these that close game against Bishop Wand represents a chink of light for opposition, or whether it represented Hartpury’s ability to find a way to get the job done even when facing a strong challenge, with the way they have played against both Bishop Burton, and now Gosforth, the answer feels very much like the latter.

Their victory sealed their place at the top of the table, and yet another place in the final, it also secured second spot for Bishop Wand after their stunning 69-5 dismantling of Bishop Burton College.

That means that Bishop Wand and SGS Filton College will meet in the 3rd place play off, with Truro College and Gosforth Academy going head to head for fifth, and Brooksby Melton and Bishop Burton playing for 7th.

The remaining play offs will be between the Division 2 sides, who played their final League games of the season on Wednesday too. In the North Pool Stourport High had already sealed top spot, but on WednesdayOaklands College sealed second ahead of Myerscough College, whom they beat 17-10 away from home. Beechen Cliff topped the South Pool with a stunning 52-3 defeat of Gordon’s, leaving their opponents in third and Exeter College in second.

That means that Stourport High and Beechen Cliff will meet in the 9th place play off, Oaklands and Exeter will play for 11th, and Myerscough College and Gordon’s will play in the 13th place play off.

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ACE League Stage 2 Fixtures/Results

Division 1 Pool A

Wednesday 10th November

City of Oxford College 45-18 Brooksby Melton College

Truro College 24-15 SGS Filton College

Wednesday 17th November

SGS Filton College 20-12 City of Oxford College

Truro College 38-36 Brooksby Melton College

Wednesday 24th November

Brooksby Melton College 18-52 SGS Filton College

City of Oxford College 31-12 Truro College

PosTeamWDLBPsPoints
1City of Oxford College201210
2SGS Filton College20119
3Truro College20119
4Brooksby Melton College00333

Division 1 Pool B

Wednesday 10th November

Gosforth Academy 54-14 Bishop Burton College

Hartpury College 14-8 Bishop Wand

Wednesday 17th November

Bishop Burton College 0-64 Hartpury College

Gosforth Academy 26-31 Bishop Wand

Wednesday 24th November

Hartpury College 14-8 Gosforth Academy

Bishop Wand 69-5 Bishop Burton College

PosTeamWDLBPsPoints
1Hartpury College300214
2Bishop Wand201311
3Gosforth Academy10237
4Bishop Burton College00300

Division 2 North Pool

Wednesday 10th November

Oaklands College 7-12 Stourport High School

Wednesday 17th November

Stourport High School 36-14 Myerscough College

Wednesday 24th November

Myerscough College 10-17 Oaklands College

Division 2 South Pool

Wednesday 10th November

Beechen Cliff 35-3 Exeter College

Wednesday 17th November

Exeter College 24-7 Gordon’s

Wednesday 24th November

Gordon’s 3-52 Beechen Cliff

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