Dec 11, 2018

Weekend Roundup: Saturday 24th November

 

Another weekend, another absolutely fantastic weekend of school rugby as teams across the country continue to produce some spectacular games and superb performances within those games. 

It was not a weekend of marginal victories like the previous weekend or at least not in as many cases, but it was a weekend of unbelievable intensity and drama, not least in a couple of our ‘Focus On’ fixtures.

 

Focus On

Berkhamsted and St Paul’s played out a top game of rugby, both have been having pretty strong seasons, however, St Paul’s have just had a couple of tricky weeks and Berkhamsted added to that with an excellent 21-15 victory.

Bishop Wordsworth’s v Marlborough College always felt like it might be a really good game of rugby, and so it proved as these two sides shared plenty of points. We had hazarded a guess that form suggested Marlborough might nick it, however on the day it was an excellent performance from Bishop Wordsworth that proved decisive as they secured a 36-22 victory.

One of the results of the weekend was surely Blundell’s 37-5 victory over Bristol Grammar School. Blundell’s were the favourites but a really close game was expected, however, the Devon side was in sensational form, perhaps capitalizing on Bristol’s midweek Champions Trophy exertions.

Bromsgrove picked up another victory this weekend, they faced Stowe and were favourites but absolutely justified that tag with an excellent and controlled 34-7 victory.

Dulwich College responded to last weekend’s heartbreaker against Whitgift with an excellent 22-0 victory at home to Tonbridge on Saturday, proving once again what an excellent outfit they really are.

Hampton has already enjoyed one spectacular last-minute victory this season, and they enjoyed another on Saturday as a brilliant Cranleigh comeback saw the sides level at 17-17 at the death, only for Hampton score in the final play of the game for a sensational and dramatic 24-17 victory.

There was drama in Somerset too as Millfield and Whitgift played out a truly outstanding game of rugby. The lead changed hands five times over the course of the game and both sides gave absolutely everything in one of the finest examples of schools rugby that you will see. Whitgift was the side to come out on a top, an incredibly hard earned 34-28 victory that left both sides exhausted. In many ways, though this was a celebration of schools rugby, with Millfield old boy Sir Gareth Edwards, arguably the greatest player of all time, the guest of honour at the game. A superb advert for the school game.

Saturday also saw some Schools Cup action as Seaford College hosted Wimbledon College. Both sides have been enjoying strong seasons, but Seaford showed their class and outstanding form for a quite brilliant 46-10 victory that sends them into the quarter-finals where they will play the winner of the delayed South West B section, one of Sir Thomas Rich’s, Dean Close, or Marlborough College.

The back to back champions, Warwick, was also in Schools Cup action as they hosted a Uppingham side enjoying a good season. Ultimately Warwick simply had too much as they secured a 38-12 victory that sends them back to the quarterfinals, where they will face a Rugby School side that is playing some stunning rugby and has lost just once all season.

Undoubtedly one of the most hotly anticipated games of the entire weekend was the battle of two unbeaten sides, and two of the best around, Woodhouse Grove v Sedbergh. Both sides are in the midst of an incredibly tough run of games, and a win here was crucial to their ambitions. This excellent Woodhouse Grove side gave absolutely everything that they had, however all season long there was been almost nothing that anyone can do to halt this outstanding Sedbergh juggernaut, and so it proved again as they secured a 35-7 victory. They now go on to Broadstreet RFC on Wednesday for another massive game, this time against Wellington College, which should be a classic.

 

Around the Grounds 

There were fantastic performances all around the country on Saturday, among them an impressive 23-7 victory for RGS Guildford at Abingdon. Elsewhere there was another strong Aylesbury Grammar performance as they beat Watford Grammar 44-5.

Caterham showed their class for a 48-5 victory over worth, while there were tight wins for Campion, Bishop Vesey’s, and Plymouth College over Dartford Grammar, King’s Worcester, and Christ’s Hospital respectively. Manchester Grammar enjoyed a close 17-14 victory over Cheadle Hulme.

Portsmouth Grammar remains in strong form, a 22-5 victory over City of London Freemen’s, Eltham College also remains in stunning for, they beat Cranbrook 41-3, while Colston’s were 40-14 victors at The Crypt. Hymers College, meanwhile enjoyed a stunning performance, beating Birkdale 77-0.

Brighton College enjoyed another good win against John Fisher, 26-10, another fine game between there two who always seem to enjoy a cracking contest. The Judd was in good nick too, beating Langley Park 33-12.

Magdalen College is enjoying a really strong season, and that continued on Saturday with a 48-7 victory over KES Southampton, while Wisbech Grammar made it seven in a row with a 51-24 victory over Culford.

St Joseph’s College wanted to bounce back fast after their defeat to Denstone College in midweek, and they did so well with a 34-25 victory over Gresham’s. St John’s Leatherhead was in quite a sensational form as they beat KCS Wimbledon 41-0, while Stamford kept their momentum going after last week’s brilliant win over Rugby with a 32-14 victory at St Alban's.

There was a brilliant game in Oxford as The Oratory held off a brilliant St Edward’s fightback to hold on to a 17-16 victory in what was a fantastic contest and a brilliant game.

RGS Newcastle continues to impress, beating Lancaster RGS 29-17 on Saturday, while Bishop’s Stortford High School enjoyed a 35-12 win at The Leys.

Norwich bounced back from that narrowest of defeats to Rugby with a superb 4-12 victory over Wymondham College. Meanwhile Reading Blue Coat enjoyed an impressively well contested 16-0 victory over St George’s College, Weybridge.

One of the tightest games of the weekend came at Solihull as they secured a one-point victory over RGS High Wycombe, 28-27, in a superbly contested game of schools rugby.

 

Tom Burrow Cup

Meanwhile, at Silcoates School, the Tom Burrow Cup took place. Held in memory of the former Silcoates pupil, the tournament has been moved from March to November, featuring Yarm, Altrincham Grammar, Austin Friars, Newcastle School for Boys, and the hosts, Silcoates.

Altrincham Grammar and Newcastle School for Boys reached the final, and it was Altrincham that took home the trophy, winning 14-5 at the end of a fantastic day of rugby.

 

 Schools Rugby Weekend Results – Saturday 24th November: 

Focus On 

Berkhamsted 21-15 St Paul’s

Bishop Wordsworth’s 36-22 Marlborough College

Blundell’s 37-5 Bristol GS

Bromsgrove 34-7 Stowe

Dulwich College 22-0 Tonbridge

Hampton 24-17 Cranleigh

Millfield 28-34 Whitgift

Seaford College 46-10 Wimbledon College (Schools Cup)

Warwick 38-12 Uppingham (Schools Cup)

Woodhouse Grove 7-35 Sedbergh

 

Saturday

Abingdon 7-23 RGS Guildford

Ashville College 9-17 Bradford GS

Aylesbury GS 44-5 Watford GS

Bishop Vesey’s GS 15-13 King’s Worcester

Campion 17-12 Dartford GS

Caterham 48-5 Worth

Cheadle Hulme 14-17 Manchester GS

Christ’s College 10-12 Plymouth College

Christ’s Hospital 22-8 King’s Canterbury

Churcher’s College 15-10 Halliford

City of London Freemen’s 5-22 Portsmouth GS

Claires Court 7-17 Windsor Boys

Clifton HS 22-31 Bristol Cathedral

Coopers’ Coborn 14-12 Colfe’s

Crypt 14-40 Colston’s

Durham 21-8 Dame Allan’s

Eltham College 41-3 Cranbrook

Emanuel 20-6 Latymer Upper

Hymers College 77-0 Birkdale

Ipswich 10-17 RGS Colchester

John Fisher 10-26 Brighton College

Judd 33-12 Langley Park

KES Birmingham 33-12 Adams GS

KES Southampton 7-48 Magdalen College

Kingswood 19-44 King’s College, Taunton

Lancaster RGS 17-29 RGS Newcastle

Leicester GS 20-12 Northampton SfB

Leys 12-35 Bishop’s Stortford HS

Morrison’s Academy 14-44 Kelvinside Academy

Newcastle-Under-Lyme 26-32 Bablake

Norwich 41-12 Wymondham College

Nottingham HS 56-7 Bedford Modern

Princethorpe College 5-21 Loughborough GS

Reading Blue Coat 16-0 St George’s College, Weybridge

Reed’s 34-18 Trinity

Rendcomb College 24-17 St Edward’s, Cheltenham

RGS Worcester 37-12 KES Stratford

Rydal Penrhos 14-43 Shrewsbury

Solihull 28-27 RGS High Wycombe

Stewart’s Melville 0-10 Glasgow Academy

St Albans 14-32 Stamford

St Ambrose College 28-12 Merchant Taylors’

St Benedict’s 22-6 UCS

St Edward’s, Oxford 16-17 The Oratory

St George’s Harpenden 44-22 Haberdashers’

St John’s, Leatherhead 41-0 KCS Wimbledon

St Joseph’s College 34-25 Gresham’s

Tiffin 20-0 Coham International

Wellingborough 33-17 King Henry VIII, Coventry

Wilmslow HS 31-22 Calday Grange GS

Wisbech GS 51-24 Culford

 

Tom Burrow Cup:

Final: Altrincham Grammar 14-5 Newcastle School for Boys

Participants: Silcoates, Yarm, Austin Friars, Altrincham Grammar, & Newcastle School for Boys.

 

Still to Come:

Crossley Heath v Queen Ethelburga’s

Glasgow HS v Strathallan

Maidstone GS v St Olave’s GS

Shebbear College v Queen’s College, Taunton

St Peter’s, Gloucester v Kirkham GS

West Buckland v Wellington School

Article by: http://www.fifteenrugby.com

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