Monmouth School achieves five wins out of five as they look to rival their 2014 team that won all nine games … but have KCS Wimbledon, Epsom and Kirkham as company in the 2021 SOCS Daily Mail Schools Trophy
- Watch out for Monmouth schools in the 2021 SOCS Daily Mail Schools Trophy
- They have put together a five-game win streak to raise hopes of rivaling the 2014 squad.
- It’s a winning race only equaled by KCS leaders Wimbledon, Epsom and Kirkham
Watch out for the Haberdashers Monmouth Schools in the 2021 SOCS Daily Mail Schools Trophy.
The Welsh school has put together a five-win streak to raise hopes of rivaling the 2014 team that finished fourth overall by pushing Trophy heavyweights Wellington, Sedbergh and Kirkham to the finish.
It’s a winning race this fall alone has been equaled by leaders KCS Wimbledon, Epsom and Kirkham on this national table of merits that has drawn 120 teams.
Watch out for Haberdashers’s Monmouth Schools in the 2021 SOCS Daily Mail Schools Trophy
Monmouth won all nine games seven years ago and rugby manager Jon Despontin is realistic about whether his team will be able to emulate them this time.
He said: ‘We sure have a tough game, but the guys are playing with confidence and freedom, which is great to see.
“We have had a very positive first half of the legislature for us with some excellent results against strong opposition.”
Despontin attributes the success in part to the arrival of former Welsh mainstay Ceri Jones, who spent eight years at Harlequins in a career that earned him two caps in 2007.
“He has contributed enormously to our training,” added Despontin of Jones’ work with a team whose best win was a 29-3 win over Cheltenham College, which is coached by former England winger Olly Morgan.
Captain Theo Mayell leads Monmouth from No. 8 in a group where blocks Seth Butler and Otis Walker provide the power for scrum-half Tom Horan and winger Henry Hurle out.
The Welsh school have put together a five-game winning streak to raise hopes of rivaling the 2014 squad.
Monmouth will resume Trophy matches next Saturday (November 6) in Marlborough after previous victories this fall over Sir Thomas Rich, Malvern, St Peter’s RC of Gloucester and Old Swinford.
Ipswich has also established a score after a 68-15 victory over Northampton School for Boys.
This huge victory follows two other notable scalps over Oundle, 24-19, and Felsted, 21-15. Their matches will get easier next month as Kirkham and Wellington are lined up.
Undefeated Kirkham will travel to Newcastle RGS next Saturday (November 6) after defeating Northampton School for Boys, 29-10, before the half-period break.
Wellington, who has won the Trophy three times, has won four of five games, losing only to Millfield, 26-20, so far in this competition sponsored by SOCS, the school management systems company.