Millfield have secured the inaugural honours in The Schools Championship, winning the competition with a perfect three from three record.
Millfield and Sedbergh, those two perennial rivals at the top of the school game met in the decider and, like so many games in this inaugural edition of The Schools Championship, could barely be separated.
A week later than initially scheduled an incredibly tight contest broke out that fizzed and sparkled, ending 15-10 in Millfield’s favour.
It follows a stunning victory over Whitgift back in mid-November and an absolutely thrilling 31-28 victory at Wellington College in early October, surely the game of the Championships. The highlights, below, are simply extraordinary.
Sedbergh kicked the whole competition off with a stunning 46-10 defeat of Whitgift, who would face Wellington College in a thrilling 28-29 defeat the following week, and then it was a long two and a half month wait for Sedbergh to take the field again, heading to Broadstreet RFC for their annual game with Wellington College, winning that 21-13.
Ultimately though, it all boiled down to the final game, Millfield v Sedbergh, two of the most storied names in the schools rugby world.
Either would have been a worthy champion, but with Millfield adding this first TSC to their record 8th St Joseph Festival back in October, it has truly been a remarkable year for the Somerset side.
It all started in tricky circumstances at that superb opening weekend of the season, going down to Clifton College and looking in need of a touch more physicality, followed ten days later by a narrow lost to Coleg Sir Gar. Millfield were not about to sit and sulk though, they learned their lessons, pulled up their socks, and set about building an extraordinary season.
Ioan Emanuel and George Timmins led the response to the physical challenge up front, the likes of Ieuan Davies, Tom Howlett, and Steffan Emanuel sparkling in the backline, among so many others, with Jon Mallett and Freddie Gabbitas orchestrating behind the scenes, to spark a stretch of fourteen games unbeaten (including that St Joseph’s Festival title), right up to victory over Sedbergh in the final round of The Schools Championship.
An extraordinary season, from some exceptional players and coaches, at the outstanding hotbed of schools rugby.
The Schools Championship Final Standings
Full Results List:
Round 1: Sedbergh 46-10 Whitgift
Round 2: Whitgift 28-29 Wellington College
Round 3: Wellington College 28-31 Millfield
Round 4: Millfield 52-19 Whitgift
Round 5: Wellington College 13-21 Sedbergh
Round 6: Millfield 15-10 Sedbergh
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