The Sedbergh Super 10s take place this Sunday and Monday, the Grand Finale of the schools rugby season.
Kirkham Grammar School are the reigning champions, ending a three year stranglehold on the title from the hosts last year with a thrilling 25-7 victory over Sedbergh in the final, highlights of which you can see below.
This year the same sixteen teams will gather in Cumbria for what is one of the greatest occasions on the school calendar, not just on the field but off it too as Sedbergh School seek to make this an event and occasion to savour for all, where the friendship forged off the field are as important as the rivalries on it.
Once again NextGenXV will be there to live stream both the Buskhome 1 and Buskhome 2 pitches over the two days and all the games will be available on the NextGenXV YouTube Channel as well as embedded later in this article.
Day 1 will see the initial Group Phase take place, with the sixteen sides split into four groups of four (see below). From there the Top two teams will qualify for Day 2’s Cup Groups, two groups of four, and the bottom two heading to the Day 2 Plate Groups, which will follow a the same format. The Cup Group winners meet in the final, with the Plate Group winners similarly meeting in that final.
Sedbergh 10s Groups (Top 2 to Day 2 Cup Groups 1 and 2, Bottom 2 to Day 2 Plate Groups 1 and 2):
|Group 1||Group 2||Group 3||Group 4|
|Sedbergh||Hampton||Kirkham Grammar School||Ipswich|
|Hurstpierpoint College||QEGS Wakefield||Cokethorpe||Dulwich College|
|Brighton College||Seaford College||Stamford||Barnard Castle School|
|KES Bath||King’s School, Macclesfield||RGS High Wycombe||Felsted|
Pitch 1 on Day 1 will open with the hosts, Sedbergh, welcoming Hurstpierpoint College in Group 1. Sedbergh will once again be one of the great favourites heading into this one after a stunning season that has already seen them amass some serious silverware. Hurstpierpoint College meanwhile will be eyeing this 10s format as a format that they could excel in and would love nothing more than to nick one against the hosts to begin the competition.
Following that will be Seaford College v King’s Macclesfield at 11.05, a belter of a game in Group 2. Seaford College were in the Cup stages last year and have had another strong year this, while King’s Macclesfield have been absolutely sensational, going unbeaten through the regular fifteen-a-side season and reaching the final of the U18 Vase at the Rosslyn Park National Schools 7s.
At 11.40am Ipswich and Dulwich College go head to head in Group 4, Ipswich were within a whisker of the final last year and have been even more impressive this year, confirming themselves as a serious player on the national stage, while Dulwich College are one of the most famous names in all of school rugby and would love to get their hands on this title for the first time.
After the lunch break the action returns at 1.30pm, KES Bath take on Sedbergh Group 1, the South West side looking to put the pressure on the hosts, in what by that time is expected to be a very big crowd at the famous Buskhome pitch.
2.05pm sees Cokethorpe and Stamford take to the live stream for the first time in the day from Group 3. Stamford reached last year’s Cup stage and would love to get there again and really make a charge towards the title on Monday, while for Cokethorpe it will be a big opportunity to build on last year’s Plate appearance.
Sedbergh take to Buskhome for the third time in the day at 2.40pm and it’s going to be one of the games of the day, up against fellow heavyweights Brighton College, one of the great Sedbergh 10s side who take this tournament in the very spirit always intended – always playing a “Leavers 10” in the final game of the tournament, regardless of what rests on it.
Following that is another absolute belter, Hampton v Seaford College in Group 2 at 3.15pm, both sides will be by this stage likely locked in a serious battle for a place in the Cup groups on Day 2, with both more than capable of going all the way.
The final game of the day on Buskhome 1 will be at 3.50pm on Sunday, with RGS High Wycombe taking on Cokethorpe in Group 3. RGS High Wycombe are the reigning Plate champions, but will be hoping to be able to make it through to the Cup by this stage this year, such has been their level this year.
Over on Buskhome 2 the action kicks off at 10.30am with Brighton College and KES Bath going head to head in a fantastic Group 1 game to blow the early cobwebs away.
That is followed at 11.05am by a first appearance on the live stream of the day for Kirkham Grammar School, the reigning champions and one of the big favourites again this year, in a Group 3 game against Cokethorpe to kick off with.
Barnard Castle and Felsted are two sides that ought to have big ambitions and each has a good chance of Cup progression. They meet at 11.40am in a first appearance for both in the live stream and in one of the most competitive groups of all, Group 4.
Following lunch the action starts again at 1.30pm and QEGS Wakefield make their live stream debut for the competition, the schools rugby legends take on Group 2 opponents Seaford College in what should be another strong game.
2.05pm then sees Group 3 take over again as RGS High Wycombe and Kirkham Grammar School for head to head, it’ll be a first live appearance of the competition for RGS and a special game given that it pits the reigning Cup and Plate champions against one another.
At 2.40pm Felsted and Ipswich will go head to head in a bit of a local rivalry, one may be from Essex and one Suffolk, but there is not much distance between these two Group 4 sides at all.
Two northern greats, King’s Macclesfield and QEGS Wakefield go head to head in a Group 2 cracker at 3.15pm, before the live stream action on Buskhome 2 closes for the day at 3.50pm as Ipswich and Barnard Castle go head to head in a very tasty Group 4 encounter, both were in last year’s Cup group alongside last year’s champions Kirkham Grammar.
Day 1 Schedule:
|Time||Pitch 1 (Live Streamed)||Pitch 2 (Live Streamed)||Pitch 3|
|10.30am||Sedbergh v Hurstpierpoint College||Brighton College v KES Bath||Hampton v QEGS Wakefield|
|11.05am||Seaford College v King’s Macclesfield||Kirkham Grammar v Cokethorpe||Stamford v RGS High Wycombe|
|11.40am||Ipswich v Dulwich College||Barnard Castle v Felsted||Hurstpierpoint College v Brighton College|
|1.30pm||KES Bath v Sedbergh||QEGS Wakefield v Seaford College||King’s Macclesfield v Hampton|
|2.05pm||Cokethorpe v Stamford||RGS High Wycombe v Kirkham Grammar||Dulwich College v Barnard Castle|
|2.40pm||Sedbergh v Brighton College||Felsted v Ipswich||KES Bath v Hurstpierpoint College|
|3.15pm||Hampton v Seaford College||King’s Macclesfield v QEGS Wakefield||Kirkham Grammar v Stamford|
|3.50pm||RGS High Wycombe v Cokethorpe||Ipswich v Barnard Castle||Felsted v Dulwich College|
The Day 2 Schedule will be released following the Sunday’s Day 1 action, but the top two teams from each group will be in competition across two Cup groups, with the winners of those groups meeting in the 2023 Sedbergh 10s final.
The bottom two sides from Sunday’s groups will meanwhile be split into two Plate groups for Monday, again with the winners meeting in the 2023 Sedbergh 10s Plate final.
Once again both Buskhome 1 and Buskhome 2 will be live streamd, with both pitches available on the NextGenXV YouTube channel and embedded below.
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