This weekend saw some absolutely fantastic rugby being played all over the country in one of the fullest weekend’s of 2022 so far.
Despite the U18 Academy League and the Lambs having games, some incredibly strong teams were still able to be put out and they put in some sparkling performances.
There were a couple of Friday games for the first time this year and they lived up to the hype – and some. Ipswich are well and truly on the map now, they travelled to Loughborough University to take on Sedbergh’s U17s with a fairly young side of their own and the two teams put on an awesome show in a real nail biter. Ipswich came through though, securing a 22-19 victory, a result that will resonate right around the country.
Stonyhurst College were also in quite excellent form, they took on Birkenhead and produced another excellent display to seal a 33-18 victory that will leave them feeling full of confidence for the games ahead and indeed the 7s season.
There were so many absolutely brilliant fixtures and performances on Saturday but one of the best of the lot was a thrilling game between Warwick and RGS High Wycombe that went right down to the wire. It was to be Warwick that took it, 22-20, in a game that lived up to the billing entirely.
St Benedict’s meanwhile continue to impress with every game that they play. On Saturday they hosted Glyn and once again they put in a superb display, sealing a fantastic 40-5 victory ahead of a big run of games for the Ealing side. Tiffin were also on song, stepping up against John Fisher for a 15-7 victory.
John Fisher’s great rivals Whitgift were in sparking form as they travelled up to Northampton School for Boys and secured a brilliant 24-0 victory, a magnificent result, especially on the road against a strong side. Brighton College were also absolutely flying though, they were on the road as well and put in yet another wonderful performance to secure a 45-0 victory against Ravens Wood. St George’s Harpenden meanwhile were in great form as well, winning by a stunning 45-5 margin at Brentwood.
Millfield put out a mixed side of leavers from the 1st XV, 2nd XV, and 3rd XV on Saturday, aside from those absent on Academy League and Lambs duty, and they came together magnificently against Welsh Academicals, winning 47-12 in a real celebration of rugby.
In the Midlands, Bablake & King Henry VIII delivered on the promise that they showed through much of last term as they hosted Kirkham Grammar’s U17s and secured an impressive 15-10 win. Meanwhile Loughborough Grammar were very impressive against KES Stratford, winning 36-5. Further North, Hymers College defeated RGS Newcastle’s U17s in a good contest, 15-0.
The North West was, as ever, fairly busy. Lancaster RGS were in top form as they put together an impressive 26-0 victory at Manchester Grammar, while Mount St Mary’s College won an absolute thriller at St Ambrose College, 36-24. King’s Macclesfield were meanwhile in top form with a great 27-8 victory over Wirral Grammar.
Things were busy in Scotland too, where Strathallan showed their class once again in a 29-12 home defeat of Loretto. Edinburgh Academy were in red hot form, they hosted Glasgow High and sealed an excellent 41-14 victory. There was better news for Glasgow Academy, they played an absolute thriller against Morrison’s Academy and came out on the right side of it, 31-27 away from home.
Queen Victoria School had a day to remember, beating Kelvinside Academy 21-7, while George Heriot’s edged out the impressive Hutchesons’ Grammar, 19-14.
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Birkenhead 18-33 Stonyhurst College
Ipswich 22-19 Sedbergh U17s – Loughborough University
Bablake & King Henry VIII 15-10 Kirkham Grammar U17s
Brentwood 5-45 St George’s, Harpenden
Edinburgh Academy 41-14 Glasgow High
Hutchesons’ Grammar 14-19 George Heriot’s
Hymers College 15-0 RGS Newcastle U17s
King’s Macclesfield 27-8 Wirral Grammar
Loughborough Grammar 36-5 KES Stratford
Manchester Grammar 0-26 Lancaster RGS
Millfield 47-12 Welsh Academicals
Morrison’s Academy 27-31 Glasgow Academy
Northampton School for Boys 0-24 Whitgift
Queen Victoria School 21-7 Kelvinside Academy
Ravens Wood 0-45 Brighton College
St Ambrose College 24-36 Mount St Mary’s College
St Benedict’s 40-5 Glyn
Strathallan 29-12 Loretto
Tiffin 15-7 John Fisher
Warwick 22-20 RGS High Wycombe
Still to Come:
ACS Cobham International v Winchester College
Dollar Academy v St Aloysius’ College
Mount Kelly v Devonport Services RFC
Robert Gordon’s College v Aberdeen Wanderers RFC