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King’s College Wimbledon continue their five-match undefeated streak to take the early lead

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King’s College Wimbledon continues their five-match undefeated run to take the early lead in the SOCS Daily Mail Schools Trophy… with former Harlequins hooker David Ward playing a part in their success

  • King’s College Wimbledon are the leaders of the SOCS Daily Mail Schools Trophy
  • A 32-24 win over champion Cranleigh continued their five-game unbeaten run
  • Two attempts by Drew Bone saw a comeback after Cranleigh led 24-7 at halftime











King’s College Wimbledon are the surprising early leaders of the SOCS Daily Mail Schools Trophy.

A 32-24 win over champion Cranleigh continued a five-game undefeated run in this national earnings table sponsored by the school management system company.

Two tries through the half of the line led Drew Bone to a comeback after Cranleigh led 24-7 at halftime.

King’s College Wimbledon are the early leaders of the SOCS Daily Mail Schools Trophy

KCS has steadily improved over the years, as head of rugby Tom Rogers explained: ‘We reached the quarter-finals of the national cup before Covid stepped in and that run showed what could be achieved.

“And we knew we had a good squad behind them – it’s just a shame Covid took a year away from them.”

For example, the 2021 team is making up for lost time by beating Reed’s, London Oratory, St George’s and Wimbledon College for the Cranleigh match.

Ex-Harlequins hooker David Ward helped the team before taking over at Bristol Women's

Ex-Harlequins hooker David Ward helped the team before taking over at Bristol Women’s

Haileybury took their game against Seaford College to Saracens' StoneX Stadium

Haileybury took their game against Seaford College to Saracens’ StoneX Stadium

KCS has a largely unsung squad led by forwards Seth Eley, who is at Harlequins academy, plus rear rowers Cameron McAlpine and Hugo Nicholls.

The bond with Quins was strengthened when hooker David Ward helped the team before joining the Bristol women’s team as coach earlier this year.

The undefeated KCS, next up against Trinity after halftime, has a small lead in a competition that was beaten to former champions Wellington in Millfield last Saturday, 26-20.

Among the chasing pack is the undefeated Kirkham, Lancashire school, who also recorded five wins, the latest a 29-10 win over Northampton School for Boys at Loughborough University.

Kirkham is still powered by try-scoring prop Rhys Fray who scored three tries in this latest win.

However, Haileybury missed a late kick that would have resulted in more than a 13-13 draw

However, Haileybury missed a late kick that would have resulted in more than a 13-13 draw

Although Haileybury overthrew Oundle 16-14, they lost in another exciting game to St Albans 17-10'

Although Haileybury overthrew Oundle 16-14, they lost in another exciting game to St Albans 17-10′

Brighton College have also found their stride by scoring 100 points in a three-way run over Dulwich (37-0), Trinity (21-7) and RGS High Wycombe (42-5). Wing Keelan Farrell scored three tries in the win over RGS.

Haileybury is another school to host games in larger venues. They took their game against Seaford College to Saracens’ StoneX Stadium but missed a late kick that would have resulted in more than a 13-13 draw.

Though Haileybury fell to Oundle 16-14, they lost 17-10 in another close match to local rivals St Albans.

2018 champion Sedbergh is finding form after two wins in a week at Oakham, 17-7, and St Peter’s, 28-7, in which center Ben Redshaw scored two tries.

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