It has been another fantastic midweek of schools rugby action across the country this week, with some absolutely fantastic games of rugby.
Tuesday afternoon saw the U18 Schools Cup, Plate, Vase, and Bowl quarter final draws made and over Wednesday and Thursday some of those regional finals from which the quarter finalists emerge were played out amidst that fascinating background of knowing who future opponents would be.
It leads into an incredible weekend too, one that will be headlined by our live stream on Saturday of Clifton College v Blackrock College, and occasion that is going to be simply immense as arguably the best in England goes up against perhaps the most famous rugby school in the world, certainly in Ireland. You can watch the game on our YouTube Channel, our TikTok channel, or embedded below, and you can check out our preview here: Clifton College v Blackrock College Preview.
That’s what is to come though, here we look back at what has been an exceptional midweek with some incredible games of rugby, including three live streams.
For a look ahead to the weekend, check out our Weekend Preview, or have a listen to the NextGenXV Podcast (embedded below but also available on Acast, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and YouTube).
Bishop Stortford College 28-21 King’s Ely
Norfolk Quadrangular: Langley 5-8 Gresham’s, Norwich 12-5 Gresham’s, Norwich 8-3 Wymondham College
Tuesday was a thriller in Bishop’s Stortford as Bishop’s Stortford College claimed victory 28-21 against King’s Ely. Up in Norfolk there was a County Cup Quadrangular, with Norwich looking particularly impressive, chalking up victories over Langley, Gresham’s, and Wymondham College.
Aylesbury Grammar 66-0 Sir Henry Floyd
Bredon 36-12 Bedstone
Brockenhurst College 7-19 Ryde (County Cup SF)
Claires Court 30-12 Reigate Grammar (Schools Vase) – London & South East Final
Cokethorpe 5-39 Pate’s Grammar
Colfe’s 5-45 Caterham
Fulham Boys 22-24 Cardinal Vaughan (County Cup SF)
Henley College 24-5 Shiplake College
Hill House 50-5 St Peter’s, York 2nd XV
Ipswich 71-5 St Joseph’s College – at Colchester RFC
John Fisher 56-7 Cedars
KES Five Ways 21-12 KES Camp Hill
King’s Priory 0-19 RGS Newcastle 2nd XV
Kin’s Worcester 41-13 Bishop Vesey’s Grammar
Liverpool College 19-28 Stockport Grammar
Magdalen College 31-24 Akeley Wood
Next Phase 0-76 Aylesbury Grammar
Pangbourne College 7-19 Gordon’s
Portsmouth Grammar 24-5 Farnborough 6th form College (Schools Bowl) – South West B Final
Princethorpe College 12-20 Dr Challoner’s Grammar (Schools Vase) – Midlands A Final
Royal Alexandra & Albert 7-27 Ewell Castle
Samuel Whitbread Academy 17-0 Cardinal Newman
Sedbergh 21-13 Wellington College (The Schools Championship) – Live Streamed
Simon Langton Grammar 35-28 Cranbrook
St Anselm’s College 16-19 St Ambrose College (Schools Vase) – North A Final
St Peter’s, Gloucester 34-7 West Buckland (Schools Bowl) – South West A Final
The Grange 24-38 Haberdashers’ Adams (Schools Bowl) – North A R3
The Judd 22-24 Trinity (Schools Cup) – London & South East A Final
The Leys 57-5 Beaumont (Schools Bowl) – Midlands B Final
The Oratory 35-7 Lord Williams’s
Tiffin 5-46 Harrodian
Wirral Grammar 24-17 Cheadle Hulme (County Cup SF)
Yarm 15-43 Scarborough
Wednesday was a massive day, including back to back live streams at Broadstreet RFC as Sedbergh and Wellington College went head to head in a huge block fixture that saw both the 1st XV and 2nd XVs live streamed.
The 1st XV fixture was yet another Broadstreet Classic between these two, Sedbergh winning in incredibly challenging conditions, 21-13, to move within a point of Millfield at the top of The Schools Championship table. You can watch the game again below, where there were some stunning performances from the likes of Kane James.
Over in the 2nd XV game Sedbergh were in utterly sensational form to claim victory over an injury hit Wellington College side, again it was a Sedbergh number 8 that was a dominant figure, Finn White playing out of his skin and scoring an individual try to make watching a full repeat of the game below more than worthwhile.
In many ways though, Kent was playing host to an even bigger game, The Judd v Trinity, two unbeaten teams going head to head in a Schools Cup regional final, made all the more tense by the fact that the national quarter finals had been drawn the day before so the two knew that victory would see them heading to another unbeaten side, Harrow, for the quarter final.
An epic game unfolded, reigning champions Trinity building a lead only for The Judd to come roaring back. Trinity held out though, 24-22 to meet Harrow in a repeat of the U15 semi final from 2019 that took drama to new levels. Their unbeaten season goes on and they continue to impress at every turn, and yet in defeat The Judd may take even more from this. By running a side so close that is by common consensus one of the best around, indeed they are second in the NextGenXV Schools Rugby Table, they have demonstrated exactly how good they are. Despite all the victories, it could be argued that in defeat this is their most significant result yet, proving they can mix it with the very best.
The Vase had a massive day of regional finals too, St Ambrose College progressed from North A with a 19-16 victory at St Anselm’s College and will meet Dr Challoner’s Grammar in the quarter finals after they won the Midlands A section with a 20-12 victory over Princethorpe College.
A 17-0 victory for Samuel Whitbread Academy against a very strong Richard Hale side sees them into the quarter finals from Midlands B to face either Durham or reigning champions Mount St Mary’s College from North B.
London & South East A saw a wonderful performance from Claires Court, beating Reigate Grammar 30-12 to put them into the quarter finals to face either Old Swinford Hospital or Ivybridge Community College.
The Schools Bowl also saw action, there was a catch up third round game in North A as Haberdashers’ Adams booked a place in the regional final with a 38-24 victory at The Grange.
There were also regional finals, including both South West sections, where St Peter’s Gloucester reached the quarter finals with a 34-7 victory over West Buckland and Portsmouth Grammar joined them with a 24-5 victory over Farnborough 6th form College.
In the Midlands section The Leys booked their quarter final berth with a stunning 57-5 victory over Beaumont.
There was also plenty of County Cup action on Wednesday, Wirral Grammar reaching their final with a 24-17 victory over Cheadle Hulme, while Ryde booked theirs with a 19-7 victory at Brockenhurst College, and Cardinal Vaughan won a thriller against Fulham Boys, 24-22.
One of the most anticipated games of the day was the Ipswich derby, held at Colcheser RFC as Ipswich andSt Joseph’s College went head to head. The new boys against the old boys, St Joseph’s have long been the dominant side in the area but in recent times Ipswich have stepped up enormously and are now one of the best in the country. On Wednesday they demonstrated as much, and emphatically, winning by a stunning 71-5 margin.
They were far from the only ones in strong form Aylesbury Grammar had two sides out and both were flying, one beating Sir Henry Floyd’s 66-0 and the other winning 76-0 at Next Phase.
Similarly John Fisher were sensational, beating Cedars 56-7, while Caterham won 45-5 at Colfe’s, and Hill House beat a St Peter’s York 2nd XV 50-5.
Scarborough were one form at Yarm, 43-15, while Harrodian were flying at Tiffin, 46-5, Pate’s Grammar meanwhile won 39-5 at Coketorpe, with Bredon securing a 36-12 victory at home to Bedstone.
Henley College won their local derby with Shiplake College, a good game ending 24-5, while along the roadThe Oratory beat Lord Williams’s 35-7. Magdalen College won a thriller over Akeley Wood 31-24, while KES Five Ways were on song v KES Camp Hill, 21-12, and Gordon’s won 19-7 away at Pangbourne College.
Elsewhere there was a cracker between Simon Langton and Cranbrook, going Simon Langton’s way 35-28, while Ewell Castle won 27-7 at Royal Alexandra & Albert.
King’s Worcester beat Bishop Vesey’s Grammar by an impressive 41-13 margin, while Stockport Grammar won 28-19 at Liverpool College and RGS Newcastle’s 2nd XV impressed at King’s Priory, winning 19-0.
Bishop Wordsworth’s 17-15 Bryanston
Dauntsey’s 7-27 Eastbourne College (Schools Vase) South West B Final
King’s Bruton 5-0 Downside
Prior Park College 19-0 Clayesmore
Seaford College 25-14 Hurstpierpoint College – Live Streamed
Sutton Valence 36-8 Ravens Wood (Schools Vase) – London & South East B Final
Thomas Hardye 17-12 Milton Abbey
Thursday took the NextGenXV live streaming cameras to Seaford College in some of the wettest and wildest conditions of the season as they hosted Hurstpierpoint College. Despite conditions a really good game of rugby broke out, with Seaford College finding their way towards a 25-14 victory with some really smart play, particularly at the breakdown. You can catch up on it all below.
In the Schools Vase, last year’s finalists Sutton Valence booked their place in the quarter finals with a 36-8 victory over Ravens Wood, and they will face Eastbourne College, who were again outstanding on Thursday en route to a 27-7 victory at Dauntsey’s.
The South West was where the rest of the day’s action was taking place, an impressive 19-0 victory for Prior Park College over Clayesmore, and some really tight games, Bishop Wordsworth’s edging Bryanston 17-15 King’s Bruton beating Downside 5-0, and Milton Abbey just going down 17-12 to Thomas Hardye.
Still to Come:
Haberdashers’ Abraham Darby v Wrekin College
Hitchin Boys’ v Verulam
Lord Wandsworth College v Peter Symonds’ College (County Cup SF)
Marling v Cleeve
QEGS Penrith v QES Kirkby Lonsdale
Sir William Borlase’s Grammar v John Hampden Grammar
Torquay Grammar v Plymouth College