Epsom College welcomes defending champions, Wellington College, this Wednesday for the semi-final of the Champions Trophy. This is a rematch of last year’s final, with Epsom looking to reverse that result and progress to the final on Wednesday 4 December.
Kick-off is at 12.45pm, Wednesday 20 November. Parents, OEs and other friends of the College are warmly invited to come along and show their support.
For those unable to attend, we will be broadcasting the game live on our website.
Reaching the Champions Trophy final stages is the pinnacle of schools rugby, and represents an outstanding achievement for the school. Epsom received strong backing this week from schoolboy rugby website, Fifteen Rugby. and from the Daily Mail.
Read the extracts below:
Fifteen Rugby’s School Teams of the Weekend
“On Wednesday [6 November] Epsom College were down in Devon taking on Blundell’s, who incidentally beat Millfield on Saturday, in a Champions Trophy quarter-final. They won 20-0 and played brilliantly.
Three days later [Saturday 9 November], they were back at home and about to face another top schoolboy side, Brighton College. That is a serious challenge for any team, but particularly in Epsom’s situation as suddenly the prospect of a glorious unbeaten season starts to look ever more real, the pressure builds, the strains of back-to-back games become ever more challenging, it is not easy.
In nasty conditions, they used their powerful carriers to dominate the game against Brighton College, scoring tries and defending utterly brilliantly for a 30-0 victory, preserving an unbeaten record that now reads 8/8 and cementing the idea that they are definitely one of the best handful of sides in the country.”
Daily Mail – Epsom College Mount Title Charge
“Epsom College are threatening the dominance of Sedbergh and Wellington in the SOCS Daily Mail Schools Trophy. An unbeaten run has lifted Epsom into second place as this national competition enters its final month.
A 30-0 defeat of Brighton College, including two tries from Bryn Bradley, highlighted the form of Epsom who have won all six games so far in this competition sponsored by the schools management system SOCS.
Next up this Saturday for Epsom, who are coached by former Ireland fly half Paul Burke, are another unbeaten team in fifth-placed Cranleigh who maintained their 100 per cent record by beating RGS Guildford, 29-16. Three debutants in Ben Cregeen, Hugo North and James Patient scored tries.
Wellington, who are looking to win the Trophy for a fourth time, have won all seven of their games so far and lead on an average mark of 6.36 points per match ahead of Epsom (6.33) and third-placed Sedbergh (6.30).”