It has been a brilliant midweek of schools rugby, with plenty of top sides trying to pack their final fixtures in before half term.
There were some real highlight games, particularly on Wednesday and Thursday as some of the best sides in the country showed us what they were made of.
Tuesday was the quietest day of the week, with just three fixtures. One of which was in the Schools Bowl and saw KES Lichfield reach the third round after their 33-15 win at Queen Mary’s.
In Scotland, meanwhile, Glenalmond College were on form at home against Morrison’s Academy with a 28-10 win, while over in Wales it was Coleg y Cymoedd that were celebrating after they beat Llandovery College 38-3.
The eyes of the country were on one game in particular on Wednesday as Sedbergh hosted Kirkham Grammar School, two sides with unbeaten records and seriously strong reputations. It was an even first half, with the sides going in at 7-7, however in the second half Sedbergh came through with unbelievable intensity for a 36-7 victory, a seriously impressive win.
Elsewhere there was Schools Plate action as Cheadle Hulme beat Ripley St Thomas 55-7, while in the Schools Vase there was a great result for Newcastle School for Boys, who won 45-27 at Dam Allan’s. Also in the Vase Wallignton County Grammar won 36-17 at Richard Challoner, Dartford Grammar were 38-0 victors at Brentwood, and Austin Friars picked up a 38-10 win over Hutton Grammar.
In the Bowl, meanwhile, Wycliffe College had a strong 38-17 win at Beaufort, while Lady Manners were 52-0 victors against Wales High School, Saint Cecilia’s, meanwhile, beat St Dunstan’s 19-10.
The big focus in terms of the Cup competitions though was the last remaining round 2 tie in the Schools Cup as Judd hosted Whitgift, the 2010 and 2011 champions. Whitgift gave an outstanding account of themselves to win 55-6, booking them a trip to unbeaten Eltham College in Round 3 of the London & South East A section.
Outside of the Cups Norwich kept their cracking run going with a 46-5 win over Bedford Modern, and there were also wins for Bablake, Beth’s Grammar, and The Crypt
Hayes were 29-8 winners over Langley Park to stay unbeaten, while KES Five Ways won 64-7 over Princethorpe College. KES Southampton, Latymer Upper, and Roundwood Park also enjoyed good victories on Wednesday.
In the Cheshire Cup Lymm High School enjoyed a memorable 27-20 win at King Macclesfield, while elsewhere Hymers College performed well for a 33-8 win over Nottingham High School.
Shiplake College were 53-17 victors over Cokethorpe, a mighty performance, while St Albans enjoyed a 31-8 win over St Columba’s. QES Kirkby Londsdale, Worksop College, and Wrekin College also found themselves on the winning side, so too Wimbledon College who beat Tiffin 35-12.
Thursday was a day of big fixtures and big performances, not least from Rugby School who were quite simply sensational as they beat St Edward’s Oxford 70-6.
Bedford also enjoyed an impressive win, 40-12 over Haileybury, while Sutton Valence were almost as impressive a Rugby as they beat Coopers’ Coborn 75-7 away from home.
Sherborne meanwhile were also in great form, enjoying a brilliant 45-12 win away at Bryanston.
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Schools Rugby Midweek Results:
Coleg y Cymoedd 38-3 Llandovery College
Glenalmond College 28-10 Morrison’s Academy
Queen Mary’s 15-33 KES Lichfield (Schools Bowl)
Austin Friars 38-10 Hutton GS (Schools Vase)
Bablake 46-26 KES Aston
Beaufort 17-38 Wycliffe College (Schools Bowl)
Bedford Modern 5-46 Norwich
Beth’s GS 31-19 Robert Clack
Brentwood 0-38 Dartford GS (Schools Vase)
Cranleigh 35-5 Seevic College
The Crypt 49-22 Marling
Dame Allan’s 27-45 Newcastle School for Boys (Schools Vase)
Hayes 29-8 Langley Park
Judd 6-55 Whitgift (Schools Cup)
KES Five Ways 64-7 Princethorpe College
KES Southampton 27-0 Bishop Wordsworth’s 3rd XV
King’s Macclesfield 20-27 Lymm HS
Lady Manners 52-0 Wales HS (Schools Bowl)
Latymer Upper 37-7 Grey Court
Nottingham HS 18-33 Hymers College
QES Kirkby Lonsdale 38-21 Sedbergh 4th XV
Richard Challoner 17-36 Wallington CGS (Schools Vase)
Ripley St Thomas 7-55 Chealde Hulme (Schools Plate)
Saint Cecilia’s 19-10 St Dunstan’s College (Schools Bowl)
Sandringham 14-29 Roundwood Park
Sedbergh 36-7 Kirkham Grammar
Shiplake Collge 53-17 Cokethorpe
St Albans 31-8 St Columba’s College
Tiffin 12-35 Wimbledon College
Worksop College 39-10 RGS Worcester
Wrekin College 26-7 Oswestry
Bryanston 12-45 Sherborne
Coopers’ Coborn 7-75 Sutton Valence
Haileybury 12-40 Bedford
Rugby 70-6 St Edward’s, Oxford