- The SOCS Daily Mail Schools Trophy is entering its final month of competition
- Epsom College won all six games and currently sit in second place in the table
- They are threatening the dominance of reigning champions Sedburgh
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.
Sedbergh have dominated the last two years, but a far closer finish looks likely this season in the Trophy which is organised on a merit-table basis.
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).
Hampton managed a 12-12 12-12 draw against Berkhamsted in their latest Schools Trophy clash
Fourth-placed Clifton (6.00) have a chance to enter the title race if they can beat Wellington in another top-of-the-table clash this Saturday.
Wellington accounted for Harrow last weekend, 28-14, while Clifton edged Sherborne 12-5.
Sedbergh proved too strong for RGS Lancaster, 67-17, but they are without a fixture thisweekend after Warwick cancelled the scheduled date to concentrate on a National Cup tie next Wednesday against Bromsgrove.
Hampton are another team juggling fixtures and competitions. A 12-12 draw against Berkhamsted maintained a competitive Trophy campaign while they face Rugby next Wednesday in the semi-final of the Champions Trophy.
Triesby back-rower Lucas Mangham and wing Rory Carr earned Hampton a draw in toughconditions.
Canford, who are unbeaten in five games, won another tight game, 16-6, against Bryanston. The crucial try came from lower sixth wing Thomas Matthews.
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