The AASE League moves into a crucial stage this week as the penultimate round of Phase 1 of the League takes place.
Following the next two rounds each conference splits in two. The top 4 in the Northern Conference will play their own mini-conference, as will the bottom 3, with the same process taking place in the Southern Conference.
After those mini-conferences each sides will have a final league placing in their conference and will play the equivalent side from the other conference on AASE Finals Day.
The next two weeks then are crucial for sides securing those all important top four places in each conference, opening up the chance to compete for a place in the main AASE final at Allianz Park in December.
Bishop Burton College and Gosforth Academy already have their places in the top half split confirmed. Bishop Burton are currently top of the league, a point clear of Gosforth, but have a bye week. That gives Gosforth the opportunity to go top when they travel to Moulton College on Wednesday, however with Moulton currently in fourth and in a real scrap with Myerscough College and Oaklands College, you can be sure that they will be going all guns blazing.
Brooksby Melton College currently sit in third, just a point away from mathematically confirming a top 4 place that looks virtually certain at this point anyway. They host Oaklands on Wednesday, who also have every chance of a top 4 place and will be itching to achieve it.
At the foot of the table Myerscough College, who could yet sneak into the top 4, host Stourport High School, who are yet to pick up a win. This is Stourport’s last chance prior to the split to pick up a win as they have a bye next week.
As in the Northern Conference, the top two sides in the Southern Conference have already confirmed their places in the Top 4 split. Beechen Cliff sit top of the table, five points clear of Exeter College, who have a game in hand.
This week the two meet in an enthralling top of the table clash, Beechen Cliff’s last game prior to the split, while Exeter play next week too. Both have beaten Hartpury, utterly changing the dynamics of the conference, and are sure to put on a wonderful game of rugby in Exeter on Wednesday.
Hartpury sit in third currently and are likely to make it through to the top half, however they face a tough challenge on Wednesday as they welcome Truro College who are in fourth place at the moment and will be desperate for points to ensure they stay in that top half.
St Paul’s Catholic College also have every chance, they host SGS Filton College this week and the Bristol side are without a win this season. A bonus point win would all but guarantee St Paul’s moving into the top four at least for this week, given that Hartpury and Truro are meeting and one will therefore lose points.
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AASE Round 6 Fixtures (predictions in bold):
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
Northern Conference Table
Southern Conference Table
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
Gosforth Academy 36-31 Bishop Burton College
Oaklands College 22-31 Moulton College
Stourport High School 5-59 Brooksby Melton College
Myerscough College – Bye
Beechen Cliff 40-21 St Paul’s Catholic College
SGS Filton College 12-26 Hartpury College
Truro College 38-19 Henley College
Exeter College – Bye
Bishop Burton College 18-10 Oaklands College
Brooksby Melton College 57-0 Myerscough College
Moulton College 20-17 Stourport High School
Gosforth Academy – Bye
Hartpury College 19-50 Beechen Cliff
Henley College 36-26 SGS Filton College
St Paul’s Catholic College 42-43 Exeter College
Truro College – Bye
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
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
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