Wednesday evening see Saracens’ StoneX Stadium host a very special double header as Berkhamsted host Denstone College in a huge rugby fixture, and Moreton Hall in an equally big Lacrosse fixture.
Both fixtures will be live streamed here on NextGenXV and will be available on the NextGenXV YouTube Channel and through the embedded link below, with the Lacrosse starting at 5pm, and the Rugby kicking off straight after at 6.15pm.
Starting at 5pm the U18 Girls Lacrosse fixture sees Berkhamsted host Moreton Hall, who travel all the way from Shropshire. Both schools are fixtures at the top end of the school game, indeed Berkhamsted have won five national titles, 1994, ’98, 2000, ’16, and most recently in 2019.
2019 is notable though for that is when Moreton Hall lifted the U14 National Title, and that group now make up the U6th yeargroup of this team – immediately marking them out as one of the best around.
Both sides arrive off the back of superb 2022/23 seasons, heading winning the vast majority of their 20+ fixtures, and each have started well, Berkhamsted winning two from three, while Moreton Hall won the Welsh Rallies came within a whisker of victory at Withington Girls.
Interestingly, it will be a first in-season meeting between the two sides outside of the nationals, a fact perhaps not surprising given the distance between them. They are regular foes at the nationals though, having met four times since 2015, drawing that first meeting before Berkhamsted won the next three, once in 2016 in twice in 2020.
So history is in the hosts’ favour, but with Moreton Hall having had such success with this U6th group as youngsters, the sense is that this is too close to call and set to be a brilliant showcase of Lacrosse.
At 6.15pm we are then set for a great showcase of schools rugby as Berkhamsted welcome Denstone College to the StoneX.
Again this is a fixture not often seen, Denstone are based in Staffordshire and simply do not see Berkhamsted often outside of tournament play in 7s, so Wednesday evening is going to be absolutely fascinating.
Both sides arrive with mixed records this season, though largely due to the quality of opposition they have faced. Victories for Berkhamsted, who won the Daily Mail Trophy in 2021, have come against Warwick, first at home in early September, and then last week at Warwick in the first round of the Continental Tyres Schools Cup.
Between those two defeats to Warwick was arguably Berkhamsted’s best performance of the season, they travelled to Bromsgrove and lost by a mere point 18-17, but in competing so well against a side that is looking so formidable, they made a bit of a statement.
On Saturday they had a rough ride at Seaford College, losing 29-0, however last week’s Cup game and Wednesday’s live fixture saw them rotate a bit for that one.
In Denstone College they face a side that is probably as battle-hardened as anyone out there. They had an all-time season last year, reaching the St Joseph’s Festival semi finals and running eventual champions Millfield unbelievably close, becoming the first side other than Millfield to beat Sedbergh in Sedbergh in six years, and only losing once in the regular season, to Ipswich in an absolute thriller.
This season saw them face two of those same sides again to kick off the year, Sedbergh and Ipswich, probably the toughest start to the season of any side this year. They lost both, to two sides on a mission and who, on Saturday live on NextGenXV, put on one of the great displays of schoolboy rugby. Few sides can live with them, and that Denstone made them work so hard for victory was a sign of their quality.
It was means that Denstone are now more aware of the standards that can be achieved than anyone, and they showed that on Saturday in a 27-13 victory over a very good Mount St Mary’s College side.
So we should be in for a cracker in the rugby too on Wednesday evening, in the brilliant setting of Saracens’ StoneX Stadium. Neither is one to miss!
Berkhamsted v Moreton Hall – Lacrosse, Wednesday, 5pm – LIVE on NextGenXV
Berkhamsted v Denstone College – Rugby, Wednesday, 6.15pm – LIVE on NextGenXV