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Schools Rugby Weekend Roundup: Saturday 10th November

12th November 2018
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We have had another fantastic weekend of schools rugby, with some really tight games all over the country.

 

The rain came absolutely hammering down at times, influencing a huge number of fixtures in a pretty major way but that influence also meant that scores were kept close and that the excitement factor was high.

 

Bodies were tired after a busy midweek too, but the quality of rugby remained high right across the country.

 

Focus On

 

Our focus on fixtures provided some real entertainment, not least from Brighton College who showed their outstanding quality in an excellent 29-8 victory over Epsom College, who in midweek had secured their Champions Trophy semi final spot.

 

Clifton College were also in absolutely stunning form on Saturday, they faced a strong Cheltenham College side but put in a sensational performance at home to secure a 43-14 victory.

 

In East Anglia there was a fantastic clash as Langley hosted St Joseph’s College. There was plenty of tension ahead of this one as Langley had narrowly won a meeting between the two in the Cup prior to half term. St Joseph’s were itching to get one back on the Norfolk side, and did so in a real thriller, winning 38-29.

 

In Wiltshere there was a classic schools rugby fixture as Marlborough College hosted Radley College. Both have had good seasons to date, but Marlborough were probably the narrow favourites, however it was Radley that came away with the victory, winning a really tight and tense game of rugby 10-8, a magnificent victory.

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There was another really tight one over in Somerset as two exceptionally sides met, Millfield and Blundell’s. Millfield were the favourites but in another fantastically close game of rugby Blundell’s were the ones to come away with victory, digging exceptionally deep for a memorable 15-14 victory away from home.

 

Northamptonshire saw a massive derby game as Oundle hosted Oakham, and once again it was another unbelievably tight game. Oakham came away with the win, 17-15, but both sides emerged with huge credit after such a close game of rugby.

 

None were as close as the game in South West London though as St Paul’s welcomed Tonbridge, the visitors full of confidence after their victory over Harrow last week. The two simply could not be separated as they ended in a 13-13 victory, deservingly giving the sides a share of the spoils.

 

One side that did secure a commanding victory was the St Joseph’s Festival champions, RGS Newcastle. They hosted St Peter’s York and carried through that form from the Festival to secure a 36-3 victory. The game also served as a Schools Cup third round tie, and they will now face Woodhouse Grove in the regional final, for a place in the national Schools Cup quarter finals.

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Unfortunately the result from QEGS Wakefield v Barnard Castle is yet to be confirmed, while Hampton v Wellington College was cancelled to allow both sets of players to recover after tough Champions Trophy fixtures in midweek.

 

Around the Grounds

 

Elsewhere there were some outstanding performances all around, and some really interesting ones with a view to some upcoming Cup ties, not least Warwick winning 29-0 away at Bedford and Bromsgrove enjoying an outstanding 40-12 home win over Sir Thomas Rich’s. Bromsgrove host Warwick in the Schools Cup on Tuesday in what is sure to be a massive game between the two most recent champions.

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Stonyhurst College were also in outstanding form, winning a massive game at Ampleforth College by an excellent 40-6 margin. Berkhamsted meanwhile were victorious at Stamford, 19-0.

 

Denstone College were also in outrageously strong form, beating Trent College by a brilliant 64-0 margin away from home. Downside are also a side consistently impressing, they beat Prior Park 52-12 away from home.

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There was an exciting draw in Hertfordshire as Haileybury were held to a 10-10 draw by visitors Reed’s. There was a thriller on the South Coast too, Seaford College ended up relatively comfortable victors but there was a real points fest at Portsmouth Grammar, Seaford performing particularly well though for a 45-20 victory.

 

Dean Close were looking strong at Malvern College, winning 50-7, while Whitgift secured a good 27-0 win at RGS High Wycombe. Whitgift face Eltham College in the Schools Cup this week and Eltham remain unbeaten this season after yet another sensational victory, they beat Sevenoaks 62-10.

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Also unbeaten are Rugby School, who were in brilliant for once again in a 38-5 victory over Stowe. Norwich’s fantastic run continues too, they add to their litany of outstanding performances with a 50-14 victory at Gresham’s.

 

Sedbergh also remain unbeaten as they enjoyed another strong 54-13 victory at RGS Lancaster, while one of the country’s other top sides, Woodhouse Grove, also remain unbeaten after a 34-19 win over Grammar School at Leeds. King’s Macclesfield also had a dominant win, 49-0 over Cheadle Hulme. Kirkham Grammar, meanwhile, won a well contested game against Queen Ethelburga’s 36-20.

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At the other end of the scale, St Edward’s Oxford got their first win of the season, and they did so in strong fashion with a 15-0 victory over an Uppingham side that has been playing some strong rugby this year.

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Sherborne were on form, beating Canford 31-8, while Dulwich College continue to look excellent with a 38-10 victory at John Fisher. Cranleigh were also victorious, 27-12 at RGS Guildford.

 

There was a massive game in Scotland between two of the most famous rugby schools in the country, Merchiston Castle and George Watson’s College. A thrillingly tight game of rugby unfolded, but it was the visitors that prevailed, George Watson’s taking a 29-22 victory.

 

Friday

 

There was some awesome rugby on Friday too, not least in the classic clash at Broadstreet RFC as King Henry VIII Coventry and Bablake drew 17-17, a fitting way to end a fantastic game of rugby in front of plenty of support for both sides.

 

St Peter’s Gloucester enjoyed a tight 22-17 victory over The Crypt, while in the Schools Vase Samuel Whitbread went into the regional final in Midlands A, where they will face Aylesbury Grammar, after a 20-3 victory at Bishop’s Stortford College.

 

You can see a selection of images from the weekend’s rugby here: Gallery – Saturday 10th November.

 

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Schools Rugby Weekend Results – Saturday 10th November:

 

Focus On

 

Brighton College 29-8 Epsom College

Clifton College 43-14 Cheltenham College

Hampton v Wellington College – Cancelled

Langley 29-38 St Joseph’s College

Marlborough College 8-10 Radley College

Millfield 14-15 Blundell’s

Oundle 15-17 Oakham

QEGS Wakefield v Barnard Castle – Result too late

RGS Newcastle 36-3 St Peter’s, York (Schools Cup)

St Paul’s 13-13 Tonbridge

 

Saturday

 

Ampleforth College 6-40 Stonyhurst College

Bancroft’s 5-52 RGS Colchester

Bedford 0-29 Warwick

Bishops Stortford HS 39-17 Ipswich

Bristol GS 22-11 King’s Worcester

Bromsgrove 40-12 Sir Thomas Rich’s

Chislehurst & Sidcup GS 19-24 Maidstone GS

Churcher’s College 13-23 Pangbourne College

Christ’s Hospital 38-3 Reigate GS

City of London Freemen’s 17-0 Emanuel

Coopers’ Coborn 21-51 Richard Hale

Crossley Heath 36-31 Silcoates

Culford 33-7 Woodbridge

Dame Allan’s 27-7 Newcastle SfB

Dollar Academy 61-7 Strathallan

Dundee HS 15-12 Loretto

Ellesmere College 12-20 Calday Grange GS

Exeter 14-7 Truro

Framlingham College 43-7 King’s Ely

Glasgow Academy 12-29 George Heriot’s

Glenalmond College 26-29 Robert Gordon’s College

Gresham’s 14-50 Norwich

Haberdashers’ 15-25 Watford GS

Haileybury 10-10 Reed’s

Harrow 25-17 Northampton SfB

Hereford Cathedral School 19-8 Wrekin College

Hurstpierpoint College 49-8 Trinity

Hymers College 5-34 Pocklington

John Fisher 10-38 Dulwich College

KCS Wimbledon 5-29 Skinners’

KES Bath 22-7 QEH

KES Birmingham 54-7 Princethorpe College

KES Southampton 26-5 Lord Wandsworth College

King’s Canterbury 22-0 Worth

King’s Macclesfield 49-0 Cheadle Hulme

King’s Rochester 50-0 Kent College

Kingswood 5-40 Colston’s

Lancaster RGS 13-54 Sedbergh

Langley Park 20-24 Campion

Loughborough GS 15-31 Nottingham HS

Magdalen College 19-5 Aylesbury GS

Malvern College 7-50 Dean Close

Merchiston Castle 22-29 George Watson’s College

Mill Hill 8-22 Shiplake College

Monkton Combe 32-17 King’s Bruton

Monmouth 34-14 King’s College, Taunton

Pate’s GS 19-31 KES Stratford

Portsmouth GS 20-45 Seaford College

Prior Park College 12-52 Downside

Queen Ethelburga’s 20-36 Kirkham GS

Ravens Wood 60-5 Robert Clack

RGS Guildford 12-27 Cranleigh

RGS High Wycombe 0-27 Whitgift

RGS Worcester 5-7 Old Swinford Hospital

Royal Hospital School 26-20 The Leys

Rugby 38-5 Stowe

Sevenoaks 10-62 Eltham College

Sherborne 31-8 Canford

Sir Joseph Williamson’s 28-6 Judd

Stamford 0-19 Berkhamsted

Stewart’s Melville 15-12 Edinburgh Academy

St Albans 50-0 QES Barnet

St Columba’s College 5-52 St George’s, Harpenden

St Dunstan’s College 5-52 Wallington CGS

St Edward’s College 34-20 Rydal Penrhos

St Edward’s, Oxford 15-0 Uppingham

St George’s College, Weybridge 31-7 Tiffin

St Lawrence College 17-27 Duke of York’s RMS

Sutton Valence 22-17 Caterham

Taunton 39-5 Bryanston

Trent College 0-64 Denstone College

Wellingborough 3-29 Bloxham

West Buckland 34-17 Plymouth College

Windsor Boys’ 12-47 UCS

Wirral GS 14-10 Manchester GS

Woodhouse Grove 34-19 Grammar School at Leeds

Worksop College 20-0 Ashville College

Wycliffe College 0-17 Wellington School

Wymondham College 10-45 Wisbech GS

 

Friday

 

Bishop’s Stortford College 3-20 Samuel Whitbread (Schools Vase)

King Henry VIII, Coventry 17-17 Bablake (at Broadstreet RFC)

St Peter’s, Gloucester 22-17 The Crypt

 

Results too late:

 

Bradford GS v Giggleswick

Durham v Yarm

Enfield GS v Dame Alice Owen’s

Eton College v Abingdon

Felsted v New Hall

Kelvinside Academy v Hutchesons’ GS

King William’s College v Liverpool College

Latymer Upper v Gunnersbury

Merchant Taylors’ v Wilmslow HS

St Ambrose College v Lymm HS

Wimbledon College v Dartford GS