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AASE League: Phase 2 Round 3 Preview – Four sides battle for places in the AASE Final

20th November 2018
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The final round of the AASE League season takes place this week, with teams jostling for their final league placings ahead of the AASE Finals in a fortnight’s time.

 

The top sides from the two Division 1 Pools will meet at Saracens’ Allianz Park for the AASE Final on Wednesday 5th December at 3pm. Meanwhile the other twelve sides will be heading to Derby RFC on Tuesday 4th for the other play offs, with 2nd in Division 1 Pool A playing 2nd in Pool B for 3rd place overall, and so on right the way down to third in Division 2 North vs third in Division 2 South for 13th place overall.

 

Division 1 Pool A

 

Pool A effectively has a semi final this week as reigning champions Hartpury College host Truro College. Both have beaten Gosforth Academy and Brooksby Melton College, who also meet on Wednesday, meaning that they head into this game each with a maximum 10/10 points.

 

Hartpury surely go in with the most confidence having beaten Truro by a stunning 66-5 margin earlier in the season. However in this second phase it has been Truro that have been the more impressive side, beating Brooksby Melton 44-20 and Gosforth 44-22, while Hartpury College beat each side 22-10 and 22-21 respectively. It should be a fascinating end to this Phase 2 group.

 

Division 1 Pool B

 

In Pool B Beechen Cliff are the only side with a perfect record, indeed they have a perfect record through the entire season and look like the strongest side in the entire league. Only Exeter College can knock them off top spot and that would require Exeter College to secure at least a win away at Oaklands College, while Beechen Cliff would need to lost at home to Bishop Burton College.

 

Bishop Burton impressed in Phase 1 but have lost to both Oaklands and Exeter in Phase 2, Beechen Cliff meanwhile have excelled, first beating Oaklands and then last week conquering Exeter for the second time this season. Exeter probably start as favourites against Oaklands, just about, but they will need plenty in their favour to prevent Beechen Cliff from reaching their first AASE final.

 

Division 2 North Pool

 

This week’s North Pool game sees Myerscough College, looking for a first win in Phase 2, host Stourport, who last week secured their first win of the season by beating Moulton College. That has actually left this group wide open, any side could finish bottom, while in all likelihood the winner will finish top of the group.

 

Division 2 South Pool

 

SGS Filton College have been in sensational form after a slow start to the season, highlighted by last week’s stunning 52-7 victory over Henley College, which has guaranteed Henley finishing at the bottom of this group. Filton travel to St Paul’s this week, with the winner guaranteed top spot and a place in the 9th place play off on Tuesday 4th.

 

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AASE League – Phase 2 Round 3 Fixtures (predictions in bold):

 

Division 1 – Pool A

 

Brooksby Melton College v Gosforth Academy

Hartpury College v Truro College

 

Division 1 – Pool B

 

Beechen Cliff v Bishop Burton College

Oaklands College v Exeter College

 

Division 2 – North Pool

 

Myerscough College v Stourport High School

 

Division 2 – South Pool

 

St Paul’s Catholic College v SGS Filton College

 

Tables:

 

Division 1 – Pool A
Pos Team P W D L BPs Points
1 Truro College 2 2 0 0 2 10
2 Hartpury College 2 2 0 0 2 10
3 Gosforth Academy 2 0 0 2 2 2
4 Brooksby Melton 2 0 0 2 0 0

 

Division 1 – Pool B
Pos Team P W D L BPs Points
1 Beechen Cliff 2 2 0 0 2 10
2 Exeter College 2 1 0 1 2 6
3 Oaklands College 2 1 0 1 0 4
4 Bishop Burton 2 0 0 2 0 0

 

Division 2 – North Pool
Pos Team P W D L BPs Points
1 Stourport HS 1 1 0 0 1 5
2 Moulton College 2 1 0 1 1 5
3 Myerscough 1 0 0 1 1 1

 

Division 2 – South Pool
Pos Team P W D L BPs Points
1 SGS Filton College 1 1 0 0 1 5
2 St Paul’s CC 1 1 0 0 1 5
3 Henley College 2 0 0 2 2 2

 

Phase 2 Round 2 Results:

 

Division 1 – Pool A

 

Gosforth Academy 21-22 Hartpury College

Truro College 44-20 Brooksby Melton College

 

Division 1 – Pool B

 

Bishop Burton College 7-23 Oaklands College

Exeter College 17-24 Beechen Cliff

 

Division 2 – North Pool

 

Moulton College 26-21 Myerscough College

 

Division 2 – South Pool

 

SGS Filton College 52-7 Henley College

 

Phase 2 Round 1 Results:

 

Division 1 – Pool A

 

Hartpury College 22-10 Brooksby Melton College

Gosforth Academy 22-44 Truro College

 

Division 1 – Pool B

 

Beechen Cliff 33-5 Oaklands College

Bishop Burton College 10-29 Exeter College

 

Division 2 – North Pool

 

Stourport High School 27-19 Moulton College

 

Division 2 – South Pool

 

Henley College 29-36 St Paul’s Catholic College