National Round One Southern round-up
The 2013/14 Champion Schools Year 10 and 11 Boys competitions have reached the national knockout stages with teams from across the country battling it out for a place in the quarter-finals.
This year saw a new innovation with the festivals being played at central venues on all-weather pitches to ensure that matches not only were on schedule but the students had a good experience.
The Southern competition was held at Maidenhead RUFC and featured the London-based representatives along with those from Wales and the South West.
On a cold, crisp day in Berkshire, the boys served up some terrific, free-flowing Rugby League which resulted in a couple of highly competitive matches.
The first Year 10 match saw London first seed representatives Hinchley Wood from south west London beat their South West counterparts Chosen Hill 24-16.
The second Year 10 contest was an extremely competitive first half, however the composure of the Welsh side Pencoed in the second half saw them take the win and beat London second seed representatives Gilberd 60-22.
The Year 11 match between Wales first seed Cwm Rhymni and London‘s second seed All Saints from the East End was played under floodlights and proved to a real cracker.
The Londoners, who are relatively new to the game, squeezed out a 22-20 victory to book their place in the National quarter-finals.
The draw for quarter-finals will take place on Wednesday January 8 at Red Hall, Leeds, the headquarters of the RFL.
Hinchley Wood 24 v Chosen Hill 16
Pencoed 60 v Gilberd 22
Cwm Rhymni 20 v All Saints 22