Round two of the 2018 AASE League kicks off on Wednesday and the champions enter the fray for the first time.
Hartpury College won the 2017 title in style against Gosforth Academy but had a bye week in the opening round of this year’s competition, as did Moulton College in the Northern Conference.
They both return to action this week, with Oaklands College and SGS Filton College having a rest week.
Bishop Burton College began 2018 with an impressive tight away win at Brooksby Melton College, they will look to back that up on Wednesday in their first home game of the season as they welcome Myerscough College, who lost out to Gosforth Academy but gave last year’s finalists a tough game.
Gosforth themselves meanwhile play their first game of the season as they welcome the league’s new boys, Stourport High School. Stourpourt had a tough start to AASE life with a heavy loss at home to Oaklands College last time out, but will want to bounce back nicely against the side known for their attacking offloading style of play.
Finally in the North Moulton College kick off their season with a home game. They welcome Leicester Tigers’ AASE side, Brooksby Melton College, who will be itching to find their form quickly after last week’s defeat to Bishop Burton.
Hartpury College’s entrance into the fray will certainly be interesting, and they begin with a tough one at home to St Paul’s Catholic College, who last week secured a narrow victory at home to Henley College. Will the champions be as dominant as in previous years, or could St Paul’s challenge them?
Exeter College, the only side in AASE history to take the title from Hartpury, were in fine form at home to Truro College last week and they will be looking to make it two in a row this week as they head to Henley College, who are looking to bounce back after defeat last week.
Truro meanwhile face a challenging task as they host a Beechen Cliff side that put in one of the performances of round 1 in their 42-7 victory over Filton College a second good win from the Bath AASE side could really mark them out as one to watch this season.
AASE Round 2 Fixtures (predictions in bold):
Bishop Burton College v Myerscough College
Gosforth Academy v Stourport High School
Moulton College v Brooksby Melton College
Oaklands College – Bye
Hartpury College v St Paul’s Catholic College
Henley College v Exeter College
Truro College v Beechen Cliff
SGS Filton College – Bye
Round 1 Results:
Brooksby Melton College 24-29 Bishop Burton College
Myerscough College 30-43 Gosforth Academy
Stourport High School 5-46 Oaklands College
Moulton College – Bye
Beechen Cliff 42-7 SGS Filton College
Exeter College 34-21 Truro College (Tuesday)
St Paul’s Catholic College 19-17 Henley College
Hartpury College – Bye
Myerscough College v Moulton College
Oaklands College v Gosforth Academy
Stourport High School v Bishop Burton College
Brooksby Melton College – Bye
Beechen Cliff v Henley College
Exeter College v Hartpury College
SGS Filton College v Truro College
St Paul’s Catholic College – Bye
Bishop Burton College v Oaklands College
Brooksby Melton College v Myerscough College
Moulton College v Stourport High School
Gosforth Academy – Bye
Hartpury College v Beechen Cliff
Henley College v SGS Filton College
St Paul’s Catholic College v Exeter College
Truro College – Bye
Gosforth Academy v Bishop Burton College
Oaklands College v Moulton College
Stourport High School v Brooksby Melton College
Myerscough College – Bye
Beechen Cliff v St Paul’s Catholic College
SGS Filton College v Hartpury College
Truro College v Henley College
Exeter College – Bye
Brooksby Melton College v Oaklands College
Moulton College v Gosforth Academy
Myerscough College v Stourport High School
Bishop Burton College – Bye
Exeter College v Beechen Cliff
Hartpury College v Truro College
St Paul’s Catholic College v SGS Filton College
Henley College – Bye
Bishop Burton College v Moulton College
Gosforth Academy v Brooksby Melton College
Oaklands College v Myerscough College
Stourport High School – Bye
Henley College v Hartpury College
SGS Filton College v Exeter College
Truro College v St Paul’s Catholic College
Beechen Cliff – Bye