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Schools Rugby Midweek Preview: Big rivals go head to head through the week

20th November 2018
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An exciting couple of days of schools rugby lie ahead, and while many may be keeping an eye on the Champions Trophy and Schools Cup there is some serious rugby elsewhere too.

 

With the cold weather now biting after an unseasonably comfortable opening few weeks of this second half of term, we could see some different styles start to come in. Certainly on Saturday we saw a huge number of games being decided by less than a score, so the excitement levels are definitely high at the moment.

 

Of course much of the attention will be on the knockout competitions, and you can see our previews of those via the links below, but with games such as Denstone College v St Joseph’s College, Bedford v Radley College, and Harrow v Wellington College, to name just a few, over the next couple of days, this non-knockout rugby is certainly high on the agenda this week.

 

Champions Trophy Semi Finals Preview

Schools Cup Last 16 Preview

 

Wednesday

 

Wednesday is a busy day across the country, and one of the most exciting games of the day is likely to be Denstone College v St Joseph’s College in the 4.30pm kick off at Bedford RFC. The two teams look incredibly well matched and have played some excellent rugby this season, a victory would give both huge confidence heading into the final few weeks of term.

 

Another massive game sees St Peter’s York, fresh from a good win against Barnard Castle on Saturday, travel to Amleforth College, who have not had their best season but will be raring to go in this huge midweek game.

 

Elsewhere Cokethorpe are in action at Burford, with Brentwood hosting West Hatch and Cardinal Newman welcoming Steyning Grammar. Meanwhile Duke of York’s are heading to Chatham & Clarendon with QES Kirkby Lonsdale in action at Keswick.

 

There is a massive game in the Scottish Schools Cup as Dollar Academy host St Aloysius’ College. Both have been in outstanding form this year, setting up an excellent semi final, with the winner set to face either Merchiston Castle or George Watson’s in the final, two of the biggest names in Scottish Schools Rugby.

 

There is a strong cross-border clash as Englishmen Ellesmere Colelge host Welshmen Rydal Penrhos, while over in Wales Llandovery College are in action at Pembrokeshire College.

 

Wednesday will also see Emmanuel College host Toby Flood’s old school, King’s Priory, while Shrewsbury travel to Oswestry and Rossall host Rishworth, the former school of George Ford, among others. Meanwhile Cardinal Vaughan make a short trip to Saint Cecilia’s, while Sandringham host Dame Alice Owens, and Dr Challoner’s Grammar travel to Sir William Borlase’s.

 

In the County Cup Hampton take on UCS, while over in the West Midlands Old Swinford Hospital host KES Five Ways. There is a really exciting derby game at Reading Abott RFC at 7pm on Wednesday, as Pangbourne College take on Shiplake College.

 

Judd are travelling to St Olave’s Grammar, while elsewhere Pocklington make the trip to Prince Henry’s and Pate’s Grammar are in action at home to Hereford Cathedral School. KES Aston meanwhile are hosted by Princethorpe College and Wallington County Grammar host Rutlish.

 

Thursday

 

Thursday is a huge day, with some huge games going on. The second Scottish Schools Cup semi final takes place, Merchiston Castle host George Watson’s College. The two actually met a couple of weeks ago, with George Watson’s winning 29-22, so you can be sure that Merchiston Castle are going to be coming flying out ahead of this one. The winner will face either Dollar Academy or St Aloysius’, who meet on Wednesday.

 

Bedford, fresh from a draw with Oakham on Saturday, are hosting Radley College, who won their Oxford derby against Abingdon on Saturday. It is usually a cracking game and should be again.

 

Eslewhere Monkton Combe, after a good victory at the weekend, travel to Warminster, while Robert Smyth host Ratcliffe College, meanwhile a strong Bishop’s Stortford High School side are in action at Framlingham College.

 

There is a huge game in North West London as Harrow, who enjoyed a brilliant win over Kirkham Grammar last week, host Wellington College, who had a strong win over Denstone College. Much will likely depend on how Wellington College organise their playing resources given their Champions Trophy semi final against Bristol Grammar on Tuesday. It could well be a real cracker.

 

As could Cheltenham College v Sir Thomas Rich’s on Thursday evening at Cheltenham RFC. Both are playing good rugby this year and could put on a show. Not far down the road another strong side in the form of Dean Close host Monmouth in another game that should be a classic.

 

Eton College are also in action, hosting Merchant Taylors’, while KES Bath host Bryanstone, and Prior Park College travel to King’s Bruton in what should be a trio of excellent games.

 

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Schools Rugby Midweek Fixtures (predictions in bold):

 

Wednesday

 

Ampleforth College v St Peter’s, York

Brentwood v West Hatch

Burford v Cokethorpe

Cardinal Newman v Steyning GS

Chatham & Clarendon v Duke of York’s RMS

Denstone College v St Joseph’s College (Bedford, 4.30pm)

Dollar Academy v St Aloysius’ College (Scottish Schools Cup semi)

Ellesmere College v Rydal Penrhos

Emmanuel College v King’s Priory

Hampton v UCS (County Cup)

Keswick v QES Kirkby Lonsdale

Old Swinford Hospital v KES Five Ways

Oswestry v Shrewsbury

Pangbourne College v Shiplake College (Reading Abott RFC, 7pm)

Pate’s GS v Hereford Cathedral School

Pembrokeshire College v Llandovery College

Prince Henry’s GS v Pocklington

Princethorpe College v KES Aston

Rossall v Rishworth

Sandringham v Dame Alice Owens

Saint Cecilia’s v Cardinal Vaughan

Sir William Borlase’s GS v Dr Challoner’s GS
St Olave’s GS v Judd

Wallington CGS v Rutlish

 

Thursday

 

Bedford v Radley College

Cheltenham College v Sir Thomas Rich’s (Cheltenham RFC, 7.30pm)

Dean Close v Monmouth

Framlingham College v Bishop’s Stortford HS

Harrow v Wellington College

Eton College v Merchant Taylors’

KES Bath v Bryanston

King’s Bruton v Prior Park College

Merchiston Castle v George Watson’s College (Scottish Schools Cup semi)

Robert Smyth Academy v Ratcliffe College

Warminster v Monkton Combe