Round 3 of the 2018 AASE League proved to be the most seismic of the lot on Wednesday.
There were some fascinating games and outstanding performances throughout, but one result from the Southern Conference stuck out among the rest as Exeter College stunned the reigning champions Hartpury College.
We begin though in the Northern Conference where Gosforth Academy and Bishop Burton College both made it a perfect three wins from three.
Gosforth faced a really good Oaklands College side, who had started with a bang in round one before a bye week. The Newcastle Falcons AASE side edged it though, winning 31-24 to add to their wins over Myerscough College and Stourport.
Bishop Burton meanwhile faced new boys Stourport, who are yet to get off the mark. Bishop Burton, as expected, came away with a 27-7 victory, but with wins over Brooksby Melton and Myerscough too, they a clearly a side to keep an eye on.
Having lost to both Bishop Burton and Gosforth, Myerscough College were desperate to get a win under their belts as a reward for what has actually been some good rugby. That came on Wednesday as they beat Moulton College in style, 41-5.
The story of the day in the South was surely that Exeter College v Hartpury College fixture. Hartpury have one every edition of the competition, including last year, bar one. The side that won the one blemish on the Hartpury record, Exeter. Exeter did arrive with two wins from two, but Hartpury’s stunning seventy point effort over St Paul’s last week marked them out as favourites. What unfolded though was a thrilling points-fest, which Exeter College edged 47-40 to send shockwaves through the AASE League.
One side that will surely be looking to take advantage of those changing waters is Beechen Cliff. The Bath AASE side beat Henely College 39-10 on Wednesday to add to victories over Truro and Filton. That sees them head to Hartpury next week unbeaten and setting up an absolute belter of a game that could have a huge impact on the rest of the campaign for both. The Southern Conference just got very interesting!
The final game in the South saw Truro College claim their first win of the campaign, having been beaten by Exeter and Beechen Cliff, they saw off SGS Filton College 24-7.
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AASE Round 3 Results:
Myerscough College 41-5 Moulton College
Oaklands College 24-31 Gosforth Academy
Stourport High School 7-27 Bishop Burton College
Brooksby Melton College – Bye
Beechen Cliff 39-10 Henley College
Exeter College 47-40 Hartpury College
SGS Filton College 7-24 Truro College
St Paul’s Catholic College – Bye
Round 2 Results:
Bishop Burton College 24-14 Myerscough College
Gosforth Academy 39-12 Stourport High School
Moulton College 19-29 Brooksby Melton College
Oaklands College – Bye
Hartpury College 76-24 St Paul’s Catholic College
Henley College 22-29 Exeter College
Truro College 17-29 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
St Paul’s Catholic College 19-17 Henley College
Hartpury 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