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Schools Rugby Weekend Preview: Saturday 11th January

9th January 2020
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School rugby is back this weekend after the Christmas break following a handful of games on Wednesday.

 

The U18 Academy League is also in action this weekend and therefore a number of schools will be shorn of some of their top players, however there should still be some fantastic action from those still playing rugby this term.

 

This term is also the term for the shortened format of the game and we get our first taste for the term of the shortened game as Pocklington School host a ten-a-side tournament on Saturday before the start of the big wave of seven-a-side tournaments in a couple of weeks time.

 

Saturday

 

First through to the fifteen-a-side action, and there should be some absolute crackers. One that should definitely whet the appetite is that of Schools Cup semi finalists Warwick, bidding for a fourth final in a row, hosting John Fisher for what should be a cracking way to restart the season.

 

Fellow semi finalists Northampton School for Boys are also in action early on as they host Loughborough Grammar, the home side looking to keep their form high heading towards those semi finals later on in the term.

 

Scotland sees plenty of action this weekend, with perhaps no game bigger that the huge clash between traditional titans Dollar Academy and Merchiston Castle. There is plenty to be engaged in across Scottish Schools Rugby though, George Watson’s College host Glasgow Academy, Hutchesons’ Grammar meanwhile head to Linlithgow Academy. Meanwhile Edinburgh Academy host George Heriot’s.

 

There is plenty to be excited about in the North of England, too. Not least as the impressive Mount St Mary’s College head to the ever-challenging Hymers Colege. Manchester Grammar, meanwhile, are in action at Calday Grange Grammar, while Crossley Heath host Altrincham Grammar.

 

One of the biggest games in the North West though will be King’s Macclesfield’s trip to St Ambrose College, two sides that have produced some cracking games.

 

There were a couple of games in midweek, Ravens Wood beating Beth’s Grammar 36-15, while in a massive game to kick the new term off Millfield beat Sir Thomas Rich’s 41-19 away from home.

 

Both Millfield and Sir Thomas Rich’s are in action again on Saturday, Sir Thomas Rich’s heading for a cracking looking game at Solihull, while Millfield head to Portsmouth Grammar for the now traditional triangular fixture with Brighton College which will see the sides tinker with styles and laws across the three fixtures.

 

Ahead of hosting a 7s tournament later in the term, KES Stratford are in 15s action away at Bablake on Saturday, with Repton hosting Abraham Darby and Birkenhead heading to Shrewsbury.

 

In the South East there are some cracking games, Campion head to Skinners’ for what should be a really dogged encounter, while the ever exciting Hampton are in action at Tiffin. Judd meanwhile head to Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar.

 

Eastbourne College and St Benedict’s meet for what promises to be a really strong contest, while St Joseph’s College will be in action at home to Coopers’ Coborn on Saturday.

 

10s

 

Saturday will also see Pocklington host a 10s tournament, the first shortened format competition of the term. Among those attending will be Ampleforth College, Bradford Grammar School, Durham, and Grammar School at Leeds, for what should be a really strong day of rugby to kick off the term with.

 

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Schools Rugby Fixtures – Saturday 11th January (predictions in bold):

 

Saturday

 

Bablake v KES Stratford

Calday Grange GS v Manchester GS

Chislehurst & Sidcup GS v Judd

Crossley Heath v Altrincham GS

Dollar Academy v Merchiston Castle

Eastbourne College v St Benedict’s

Edinburgh Academy v George Heriot’s

George Watson’s College v Glasgow Academy

Hymers College v Mount St Mary’s College

Linlithgow Academy v Hutchesons’ GS

Northampton SfB v Loughborough GS

Portsmouth GS v Brighton College v Millfield (Triangular)

Repton v Abraham Darby

Shrewsbury v Birkenhead

Skinners’ v Campion

Solihull v Sir Thomas Rich’s

St Ambrose College v King’s Macclesfield

St Joseph’s College v Coopers’ Coborn

Tiffin v Hampton

Warwick v John Fisher

 

Pocklington 10s: Ampleforth College, Bradford Grammar, Durham, Grammar School at Leeds, Pocklington

 

Midweek Results

 

Ravens Wood 36-15 Beth’s GS

Sir Thomas Rich’s 19-41 Millfield