Berkhamsted crowned SOCS Daily Mail Schools Trophy champion


Berkhamsted won the SOCS Daily Mail Schools Trophy for the first time in history after beating Dulwich 24-3 to overtake Sedbergh on the merit board

  • Berkhamsted is the fifth school to win the SOCS Daily Mail Schools trophy
  • Their victory over Dulwich saw them deny Sedbergh a third title in five years
  • Berkhamsted have won eight and drew one of their last nine games to claim the title











Berkhamsted is the 2021 SOCS Daily Mail Schools Trophy winner after completing a magnificent unbeaten streak this fall.

Eight wins and one draw saw the Hertfordshire school become the fifth team to win this national competition since its launch in 2013.

They follow Bradford-based Woodhouse Grove, Wellington (three times), Sedbergh (twice) and Cranleigh to lift the trophy which is contested by more than 100 schools on a merit board basis.

Berkhamsted is the 2021 SOCS Daily Mail Schools trophy winner after beating Dulwich 24-3

Organizers needed calculators to confirm Berkhamsted edged out Sedbergh after the final results last weekend.

Berkhamsted recorded their eighth victory by beating Dulwich, 24-3, to give them an average of 6.44 merit points per game, which was slightly ahead of Sedbergh at 6.22.

Just behind the top two were St Benedict’s of Ealing (6.20), Millfield (6.13) and Clifton (5.90), fifth.

Sedbergh looked set for a third title until last month when they drew against Wellington and lost at home to Millfield.

Hertfordshire School continued a nine-game unbeaten streak to get ahead of Sedbergh for the title

Hertfordshire School continued a nine-game unbeaten streak to get ahead of Sedbergh for the title

Berkhamsted maintained their consistency throughout the fall to reward a team most of the players have been in together for the past six years.

Head Coach Ben Mahoney said: “It was a big team effort where everyone came together.

“Over the past few years we have improved our rugby at school and it is a reward for all the hard work of many coaches and players.”

A number of players are part of England’s Under-18 training squads led by Tobias Elliott, who played for the age group in last summer’s international against Italy.

Tobias Elliott (center) is one of the few Berkhamsted players in the England Under-18 configuration

Tobias Elliott (center) is one of the few Berkhamsted players in the England Under-18 configuration

Elliott contributed a try against Dulwich alongside two by Reuben Logan and one by James Isaac. Opener Cam Raubenheimer scored over 100 points this fall.

Berkhamsted’s best wins came from Abingdon (54-0), Eton (43-0), Northampton School for Boys (54-19) and Haileybury (43-23). The only setback was a draw against Harrow, 10-10.

Sedbergh had to watch and wait as Berkhamsted beat Dulwich. The Cumbrian School finished their matches last week, against Millfield, but lost 20-14 and with it the chance of a third title in five years.

St Benedict’s secured their best third place thanks to a nine-game unbeaten season, the West Londoners’ final victory over Magdalen College School, 37-5. No.8 Cathal Sheehan scored two tries.

Opening half Cam Raubenheimer scored over 100 points for Berkhamsted in the competition

Opening half Cam Raubenheimer scored over 100 points for Berkhamsted in the competition

The Daily Mail Trophy Merit Table | The rugby schools website (schoolsrugby.co.uk)

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