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Kirkham becomes the first team to record six victories in the SOCS Daily Mail Schools Trophy

Kirkham becomes the first team to record six victories in the SOCS Daily Mail Schools Trophy, while Brighton College hosts the Wallabies on tour.

  • Kirkham recorded their sixth win by beating RGS Newcastle last Saturday
  • Kirkham’s career has lifted them to fourth place behind leader Sedbergh
  • Trinity scored a second notable victory in a week by beating Epsom


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Kirkham is the first team this season to post six victories in the SOCS Daily Mail Schools Trophy.

The Lancashire team was runner-up in 2015 and is now set to lift this national competition contested during the fall period by more than 100 teams on a point system on the merit table.

Kirkham recorded victory number 6 by beating RGS Newcastle last Saturday, 57-7, in the first of five games the following month.

Australia used Brighton College as a training base for the Fall Internationals

Australia used Brighton College as a training base for the Fall Internationals

Prop Rhys Fray scored two attempts in a dominant forward display. He continued an outstanding campaign that included a hat-trick against Northampton School for Boys before the half-period break.

The overall display was praised by coach Aled Trenhaile, who said: “It was probably the best so far against a very competitive team.”

His team will face Ipswich on Tuesday at Loughborough University, followed by Leicester GS at the Sandbach club in Cheshire on November 20.

Kirkham’s career has lifted them to fourth place behind leader Sedbergh, whose five wins have brought a better average of 6 per game compared to 5.43 for Kirkham.

Sedbergh, who hosts Warwick on Saturday, resumed after the break and posted a 31-5 win over Denstone. Halfbacks Will Wootton and Will Roue scored a try.

The Wallabies followed teams from England and South Africa using the Brighton facility.

The Wallabies followed teams from England and South Africa using the Brighton facility.

The Wallabies followed teams from England and South Africa using the Brighton facility.

Trinity, which ended KCS Wimbledon’s unbeaten streak last week, posted a remarkable second win in a week by posting a 35-16 result at home to Epsom.

The victory ended Epsom’s five-game unbeaten streak and continues the improvement in form at Trinity, the Croydon-based school, which nearly surprised champions Cranleigh early in the campaign.

Brighton College had a brief period of observation for half a term when the touring Wallabies used the school as a training base before their fall internationals.

Covid regulations stopped the Brighton team from training alongside Australians following teams from England and South Africa that have used the facility in recent years.

Brighton, who started Marcus Smith en route to the England squad, hosts The Tiffin School on Saturday in their first game since the half-period break.

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