Around The World In Seven Days – Week Ending 09/09/2018

International

On another day of high-scoring matches at the Stadionul National Arcul de Triumf in Bucharest, Fiji defeated Samoa 58-8 in a one-sided final to win promotion to the World Rugby U20 Championship for the first time since 2014. Despite being previously unbeaten at this level, Samoa was no match for their Pacific rivals whose marvellous performance earns them the right to play against the elite in international age-grade rugby in Argentina next year. True to form, Fiji served up a feast of running rugby and scored nine tries to help take the overall tally on the day past 50.

Even without injured leading point scorer Will Percillier, Canada had far too much quality for Romania in a one-sided seventh-place play-off when they won 71-14.

New Zealand

Hamilton Boys High defeated Christchurch Boys High 43-25 after losing in the semifinals against the winner of this year's Barbarians Cup St Peter's College. Five close wins in a row for St Peter's College with a combined margin of eight points has earned St Peter's College a third National Top Four Championship. St Peter's stunned Napier Boys’ High School 31-28 - rallying from a 21-0 deficit. St Peter’s finished the season with a 17-3 record and the Moascar Cup for the first time since 2000. St Peter’s won the National Top Four previously in 1987 and 2000.

In the playoff for third Mount Albert Grammar School defeated Feilding High School 16-10. St Peter's Cambridge is the back to back COED champions, they have become the first team since St Kentigern College in 2011 to successfully defend the National coed title - pipping Rangiora High School 33-26.

England

The season has just started this weekend so to start sorting out the puzzle is definitely stupid. A lot of schools had some great wins but it is early days in a long season ahead.

Cranleigh won the corresponding game at Brighton last year but the home advantage this year did not give them the edge in this year's season opener. Brighton won 15-7 in a close fought match with both teams making early season mistakes. Wellington College had a tough season on and off the field last year, yet were still one of the very best around and showed some early season brilliance when they won against highly rated and last season's Champion's Trophy winner, Dulwich College with 27-14. Millfield's talented squad announced their appearance in the 2018/19 season with a bang beating Canford School with 60-3 and in the process took revenge for their defeat last year against Canford in style.

Any trip to Oakham’s Doncaster Close is tough and the men in black have won the last nine of these fixtures. The men in black made it ten this weekend after a close match with 19-12 with the Uppingham fighting until the final whistle. RGS Newcastle continued their recent domination of Durham with a convincing win of 29-10 making them unbeaten against Durham since the 2015/2016 season. Rugby School had an easy game against King's School Macclesfield with 32-8 and is still unbeaten in three years against King's.

St Peter's York was unbeaten last year but lost their first game of the 2018/2019 season against a determined Woodhouse Grove School with 15-32. Woodhouse taking revenge in style after their two losses to St Peter's last year. Warwick and Bromsgrove won the u/18 School's Cup last season with Woodhouse the 2016/2017 season. On Saturday Warwick had a lot easier win (29-10) after the close win in 2017/2018 and Warwick must be confident in continuing their great form of the previous season.

Sedbergh continued their brilliant form of last season beating Whitgift School with  31-24, however, Whitgift whom only lost 4 games last season showed enough class not to be underrated by their opponents of this season as was the case during the previous season.

A lot of action still to come.

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