With more favourable weather than experienced during the previous round, all planned matches – bar one – were successfully played at the weekend; scores of specific matches are given below. Let’s look at who improved their position after this week’s rugby:


Summary
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Each one of the top six teams in this week’s table has progressed to the quarterfinals of the Cup by virtue of their respective wins in Round 4. In the process, this sees Wallace HS move into 2nd position ahead of Methodist College (3) after the Belfast side played the much lower ranked Coleraine GS (21) in comparison to Wallace’s opponents from RS Dungannon (14).

Campbell College (6) improve their position this week by two places with a very convincing 50-0 win over the closely ranked Dalriada (8) bringing to an end their run of three successive defeats against other similarly-ranked opponents. Bangor GS (12) also improve their ranking by the same amount as they defeated fellow 3rd Round entrants Rainey ES (13) putting themselves into their highest position so far this season.

1stXV Cup 2017/18, Round 4
Bangor GS 12-3 Rainey ES

Cambridge House 0-45 RS Armagh
Campbell College 50-0 Dalriada
Coleraine GS 3-38 Methodist College
Enniskillen Royal 10-28 Ballymena Academy
RBAI 17-0 Ballyclare HS
RS Dungannon 5-38 Wallace HS
Sullivan Upper 20-13 Down HS
1stXV Bowl 2017/18, QF
BRA 18-12 Lurgan College
Friends’ School 24-22 Dromore HS
Omagh Academy P-P Regent House
Portadown College 17-12 Grosvenor GS
1stXV Trophy 2017/18, SF
Banbridge Academy 24-12 Foyle College
Belfast HS 7-3 Limavady GS

Ulster Schools Rugby Rankings 2017/18 – Week 10

  Team Win Ratio Opponent Rating Score Season Rating Previous Position
1 RBAI 1.000 0.644 812 0.999 1
2 Wallace HS 0.857 0.582 666 0.849 3
3 Methodist College 0.889 0.551 659 0.839 2
4 RS Armagh 0.786 0.547 602 0.779 4
5 Ballymena Academy 0.667 0.618 580 0.753 5
6 Campbell College 0.583 0.664 553 0.723 8
7 Ballyclare HS 0.667 0.543 520 0.686 6
8 Dalriada 0.769 0.470 515 0.677 9
9 Enniskillen Royal 0.818 0.417 507 0.666 7
10 Sullivan Upper 0.667 0.503 489 0.644 10
11 Down HS 0.563 0.523 455 0.607 11
12 Bangor GS 0.553 0.509 432 0.581 14
13 Rainey ES 0.594 0.467 429 0.574 12
14 RS Dungannon 0.600 0.452 423 0.564 13
15 Cambridge House 0.458 0.451 356 0.494 19
16 Omagh Academy 0.462 0.566 352 0.487 15
17 Friends’ School 0.417 0.568 345 0.476 18
18 Lurgan College 0.591 0.351 319 0.446 16
19 Dromore HS 0.423 0.497 317 0.441 17
20 Portadown College 0.357 0.560 309 0.430 21
21 Coleraine GS 0.281 0.605 304 0.421 22
22 Grosvenor GS 0.385 0.465 279 0.393 20
23 Belfast Royal Academy 0.250 0.592 248 0.358 24
24 Limavady GS 0.417 0.424 221 0.328 23
25 Regent House 0.200 0.512 186 0.289 25
26 Larne GS 0.286 0.397 167 0.267 26
27 Carrickfergus GS 0.385 0.311 157 0.254 27
28 Belfast HS 0.308 0.395 154 0.247 30
29 Banbridge Academy 0.214 0.512 150 0.239 31
30 Antrim GS 0.333 0.280 126 0.212 28
31 Foyle College 0.167 0.507 120 0.203 29
32 Strabane Academy 0.250 0.205 102 0.181 32
33 Wellington College 0.000 0.270 0 0.065 33

Ulster Schools Rugby Scores

Given below, to the best of our knowledge, is a full list of results for each Ulster Schools Rugby 1stXV that participates in the Schools’ Cup competition; it does not include training/controlled matches, opponents from outside of Ulster, non-schools’ teams or games against teams who are not 1stXV EXCEPT for ‘Select’ squads, indicated by an asterisk *.

Any letters/numbers appearing in brackets () after a result indicates that it was a competitive fixture; the letter (c,p,b,t) gives the form of competition (cup, plate, bowl, trophy) and the number (1-4,q,s,f) indicates the round at which it was played.

If you feel that any information is missing/incorrect, please leave a comment at the bottom stating the correct details along with any ‘evidence’ (website, match report, player) to support your claim.

Antrim GS (ANT)
2nd Sep, Home v CAR: 26-5 W
9th Sep, Home v WEL: 26-0 W
7th Oct, Home v CMB: 0-35 L
11th Nov, Away v PDC: 45-0 L
6th Jan, Away v GRO: 37-7 L (c2)
24th Jan, Away v LIM: 18-6 L (tq)

Ballyclare HS (BCL)
2nd Sep, Home v BMA: 17-0 W
9th Sep, Home v BRA: 12-8 W
16th Sep, Away v CCB: 13-10 L
22nd Sep, Home v LAR: 21-17 W
30th Sep, Home v RBAI 10-38 L
7th Oct, Home v BEL: 56-17 W
11th Oct, Home* v CAR: 22-19 W
14th Oct, Away v LIM: 12-35 W
25th Oct, Away v GRO: 3-53 W
8th Nov, Home v BGS: 31-10 W
25th Nov, Away v DAL: 18-16 L
2nd Dec, Home v FSL: 29-17 W
16th Dec, Home v COL: 52-7 W
6th Jan, Away v RSA: 38-5 L
3rd Feb, Away v RBAI: 17-0 L (c4)

Ballymena Academy (BMA)
2nd Sep, Away v BCL: 17-0 L
9th Sep, Home v WHS: 0-25 L
23rd Sep, Away v BGS: 19-34 W
29th Sep, Home v COL 65-6 W
7th Oct, Home v MCB: 13-17 L
14th Oct, Away v BRA: 7-45 W
21st Oct, Home v SUL: 31-0 W
8th Nov, Away v COL: 0-54 W
25th Nov, Home v DWN: 31-6 W
14th Dec, Away v CCB: 24-26 W
30th Dec, Away v WHS: 17-9 L
3rd Feb, Away v ENN: 10-28 W (c4)

Banbridge Academy (BANB)
13th Sep, Away v RSA: 36-12 L
16th Sep, Away v SUL: 59-21 L
23rd Sep, Home v OMA: 19-27 L
30th Sep, Away v ENN: 48-0 L
7th Oct, Home v LUR: 0-3 L
14th Oct, Home v BGS: 12-26 L
21st Oct, Away v COL: 17-7 L
8th Nov, Home v BEL: 35-10 W
24th Nov, Home v GRO: 14-17 L
29th Nov, Away v RSD: 43-0 L
23rd Dec, Home v LUR: 7-40 L
5th Jan, Away v CMB: 34-22 L (c2)
27th Jan, Home v LAR: 19-10 W (tq)
3rd Feb, Home v FLC: 24-12 W (ts)

Bangor GS (BGS)
9th Sep, Away v RSA: 34-7 L
16th Sep, Home v PDC: 26-14 W
23rd Sep, Home v BMA: 19-34 L
30th Sep, Away v BEL: 7-54 W
7th Oct, Home v SUL: 10-33 L
14th Oct, Away v BANB: 12-26 W
21st Oct, Home v CCB: 0-20 L
25th Oct, Away v BRA: 29-29 D
28th Oct, Home v REG: 38-0 W
8th Nov, Away v BCL: 31-10 L
18th Nov, Away v LUR: 17-17 D
29th Nov, Home v FSL: 31-19 W
2nd Dec, Home v DAL: 30-17 W
16th Dec, Home v DRO: 52-19 W
23rd Dec, Home v RBAI: 0-19 L
6th Jan, Home v DWN: 27-37 L
24th Jan, Away v OMA: 8-8 D (c3)
27th Jan, Home v OMA: 19-7 W (c3)
3rd Feb, Home v RES: 12-3 W (c4)

Belfast HS (BEL)
9th Sep, Home v LIM: 12-17 L
13th Sep, Away v CAR: 0-40 W
23rd Sep, Away v PDC: 31-7 L
30th Sep, Home v BGS: 7-54 L
7th Oct, Away v BCL: 56-17 L
13th Oct, Home v LAR: 5-26 L
21st Oct, Away v FSL: 77-17 L
8th Nov, Away v BANB: 35-10 L
2nd Dec, Away v REG: 41-0 L
13th Dec, Away v WEL: 12-22 W (c1)
6th Jan, Away v RES: 40-15 L (c2)
20th Jan, Home v STR: 20-11 W (tq)
3rd Feb, Home v LIM: 7-3 W (ts)

Belfast Royal Academy (BRA)
9th Sep, Away v BCL: 12-8 L
23rd Sep, Home v MCB: 3-31 L
30th Sep, Home v SUL 7-27 L
7th Oct, Away v WHS: 38-7 L
14th Oct, Home v BMA: 7-45 L
21st Oct, Away v RSD: 16-12 L
25th Oct, Home v BGS: 29-29 D
11th Nov, Away v DWN: 45-10 L
18th Nov, Home v DAL: 10-26 L
25th Nov, Home v REG: 31-11 W
2nd Dec, Away v COL: 14-19 W
18th Dec, Away v RSA: 40-7 L
20th Jan, Home v SUL: 19-25 L (c3)
3rd Feb, Home v LUR: 18-12 W (bq)

Cambridge House (CMB)
16th Sep, Home v FSL: 0-10 L
23rd Sep, Away v DAL: 18-8 L
30th Sep, Home v GRO 24-17 W
7th Oct, Away v ANT: 0-35 W
14th Oct, Home v CAR: 62-0 W
28th Oct, Home v RES: 15-15 D
4th Nov, Home v REG: 11-14 L
25th Nov, Away v DRO: 34-5 L
2nd Dec, Away v LUR: 14-0 L
5th Jan, Home v BANB: 34-22 W (c2)
25th Jan, Home v REG: 17-13 W (c3)
3rd Feb, Home v RSA: 0-45 L (c4)

Campbell College Belfast (CCB)
16th Sep, Home v BCL: 13-10 W
23rd Sep, Home v WHS: 24-29 L
7th Oct, Home v REG: 40-7 W
14th Oct, Away v COL: 5-17 W
21st Oct, Away v BGS: 0-20 W
11th Nov, Home v FSL: 42-0 W
22nd Nov, Away v RBAI: 8-6 L
25th Nov, Home v SUL: 38-7 W
2nd Dec, Away v MCB: 14-10 L
14th Dec, Home v BMA: 24-26 L
20th Jan, Home v RSA: 7-28 L
3rd Feb, Home v DAL: 50-0 W (c4)

Carrickfergus GS (CAR)
2nd Sep, Away v ANT: 26-5 L
13th Sep, Home v BEL: 0-40 L
23rd Sep, Home v LIM: 22-12 W
7th Oct, Home v FLC: 18-5 W
11th Oct, Away v BCL*: 22-19 L
14th Oct, Away v CMB: 62-0 L
21st Oct, Home v GRO: 15-42 L
18th Nov, Home v STR: 26-5 W
2nd Dec, Home v WEL: 25-7 W
18th Dec, Home v STR: 14-12 W (c1)
6th Jan, Home v REG: 17-40 L (c2)
24th Jan, Away v FLC: 18-5 L (tq)

Coleraine GS (COL)
16th Sep, Away v OMA: 22-22 D
23rd Sep, Home v REG: 29-17 W
29th Sep, Away v BMA 65-6 L
14th Oct, Home v CCB: 5-17 L
21st Oct, Home v BANB: 17-7 W
8th Nov, Home v BMA: 0-54 L
11th Nov, Home v ENN: 20-19 W
18th Nov, Home v MCB: 0-34 L
25th Nov, Away v RSD: 23-10 L
2nd Dec, Home v BRA: 14-19 L
6th Dec, Home v DAL: 7-27 L
16th Dec, Away v BCL: 52-7 L
27th Dec, Home v WHS: 15-45 L
13th Jan, Home v RSA: 17-41 L
24th Jan, Home v FSL: 29-13 W (c3)
3rd Feb, Home v MCB: 3-38 L (c4)

Dalriada (DAL)
9th Sep, Home v GRO: 29-0 W
16th Sep, Home v RES: 22-0 W
23rd Sep, Home v CMB: 18-8 W
14th Oct, Home v FSL: 21-12 W
21st Oct, Away v WHS: 14-0 L
11th Nov, Away v REG: 12-21 W
18th Nov, Away v BRA: 10-26 W
25th Nov, Home v BCL: 18-16 W
2nd Dec, Away v BGS: 30-17 L
6th Dec, Away v COL: 7-27 W
13th Jan, Home v FSL: 24-14 W
20th Jan, Away v DRO: 11-27 W (c3)
3rd Feb, Away v CCB: 50-0 L (c4)

Down HS (DWN)
9th Sep, Away v OMA: 0-10 W
16th Sep, Home v GRO: 47-0 W
23rd Sep, Away v SUL 29-3 L
30th Sep, Home v RSA 12-14 L
7th Oct, Away v PDC: 0-38 W
14th Oct, Home* v DRO: 36-10 W
21st Oct, Away v RBAI: 38-18 L
28th Oct, Away v FSL: 21-7 L
11th Nov, Home v BRA: 45-10 W
18th Nov, Home v REG: 48-0 W
25th Nov, Away v BMA: 31-6 L
6th Dec, Away v SUL: 22-5 L
16th Dec, Away v RSD: 7-57 W
6th Jan, Away v BGS: 27-37 W
20th Jan, Away v LUR: 3-44 W (c3)
3rd Feb, Away v SUL: 20-13 L (c4)

Dromore HS (DRO)
16th Sep, Away v LUR: 13-12 L
20th Sep, Away v FSL: 7-7 D
2nd Oct, Home v REG: 31-12 W
14th Oct, Away v DWN*: 36-10 L
21st Oct, Home v PDC: 10-36 L
11th Nov, Home v RES: 15-8 W
18th Nov, Home v RSD: 7-26 L
25th Nov, Home v CMB: 34-5 W
2nd Dec, Away v LAR: 22-26 W
16th Dec, Away v BGS: 52-19 L
5th Jan, Away v FLC: 0-17 W (c2)
20th Jan, Home v DAL: 11-27 L (c3)
3rd Feb, Away v FSL: 24-22 L (bq)

Enniskillen Royal (ENN)
9th Sep, Away v FLC: 3-40 W
16th Sep, Away v REG: 0-45 W
23rd Sep, Home v RSA: 14-7 W
30th Sep, Home v BANB: 48-0 W
7th Oct, Home v RES: 38-14 W
14th Oct, Home v RSD: 18-13 W
21st Oct, Home v FLC: 53-0 W
11th Nov, Away v COL: 20-19 L
18th Nov, Home v PDC: 17-10 W
16th Dec, Away v OMA: 7-31 W
3rd Feb, Home v BMA: 10-28 L (c4)

Foyle College (FLC)
9th Sep, Home v ENN: 3-40 L
13th Sep, Away v STR: 17-22 W
16th Sep, Home v LIM: 5-10 L
23rd Sep, Away v RES: 47-0 L
4th Oct, Home v RSD: 7-31 L
7th Oct, Away v CAR: 18-5 L
21st Oct, Away v ENN: 53-0 L
18th Nov, Away v LIM: 19-12 L
1st Dec, Away v OMA: 29-12 L
5th Jan, Home v DRO: 0-17 L (c2)
24th Jan, Home v CAR: 18-5 W (tq)
3rd Feb, Away v BANB: 24-12 L (ts)

Friends’ School Lisburn (FSL)
8th Sep, Home v RSD: 22-21 W
16th Sep, Away v CMB: 0-10 W
20th Sep, Home v DRO: 7-7 D
23rd Sep, Away v RBAI 27-0 L
4th Oct, Away v GRO: 0-42 W
7th Oct, Away v RBAI: 31-12 L
14th Oct, Away v DAL: 21-12 L
21st Oct, Home v BEL: 77-17 W
28th Oct, Home v DWN: 21-7 W
11th Nov, Away v CCB: 42-0 L
18th Nov, Home v SUL: 29-32 L
29th Nov, Away v BGS: 31-19 L
2nd Dec, Away v BCL: 29-17 L
18th Dec, Home v PDC: 16-14 W
30th Dec, Home v SUL: 3-34 L
13th Jan, Away v DAL: 24-14 L
24th Jan, Away v COL: 29-13 L (c3)
3rd Feb, Home v DRO: 24-22 W (bq)

Grosvenor GS (GRO)
9th Sep, Away v DAL: 29-0 L
16th Sep, Away v DWN: 47-0 L
23rd Sep, Away v RSD 15-0 L
30th Sep, Away v CMB 24-17 L
4th Oct, Home v FSL: 0-42 L
14th Oct, Away v REG: 12-20 W
21st Oct, Away v CAR: 15-42 W
25th Oct, Home v BCL: 3-53 L
18th Nov, Away v LAR: 5-17 W
24th Nov, Away v BANB: 14-17 W
6th Jan, Home v ANT: 37-7 W (c2)
20th Jan, Home v RSD: 7-23 L (c3)
3rd Feb, Away v PDC: 17-12 L (bq)

Larne GS (LAR)
16th Sep, Away v WEL: 7-54 W
22nd Sep, Away v BCL: 21-17 L
13th Oct, Away v BEL: 5-26 W
18th Nov, Home v GRO: 5-17 L
2nd Dec, Home v DRO: 22-26 L
6th Jan, Home v LUR: 0-14 L (c2)
27th Jan, Away v BANB: 19-10 L (tq)

Limavady GS (LIM)
9th Sep, Away v BEL: 12-17 W
16th Sep, Away v FLC: 5-10 W
23rd Sep, Away v CAR: 22-12 L
30th Sep, Home v WHS: 0-39 L
7th Oct, Home v STR: 41-7 W
14th Oct, Home v BCL: 12-35 L
25th Oct, Away v RES: 36-17 L
15th Nov, Home v SUL: 28-57 L
18th Nov, Home v FLC: 19-12 W
6th Jan, Away v PDC: 36-5 L (c2)
24th Jan, Home v ANT: 18-6 W (tq)
3rd Feb, Away v BEL: 7-3 L (ts)

Lurgan College (LUR)
16th Sep, Home v DRO: 13-12 W
7th Oct, Away v BANB: 0-3 W
26th Oct, Home v OMA: 15-28 L
11th Nov, Away v RSD: 24-5 L
18th Nov, Home v BGS: 17-17 D
2nd Dec, Home v CMB: 14-0 W
16th Dec, Home v REG: 21-0 W
23rd Dec, Away v BANB: 7-40 W
6th Jan, Away v LAR: 0-14 W (c2)
20th Jan, Home v DWN: 3-44 L (c3)
3rd Feb, Away v BRA: 18-12 L (bq)

Methodist College Belfast (MCB)
23rd Sep, Away v BRA: 3-31 W
30th Sep, Away v OMA: 5-32 W
7th Oct, Away v BMA: 13-17 W
14th Oct, Home v RBAI: 5-16 L
10th Nov, Away v SUL: 5-33 W
18th Nov, Away v COL: 0-34 W
25th Nov, Home v WHS: 32-10 W
2nd Dec, Home v CCB: 14-10 W
3rd Feb, Away v COL: 3-38 W (c4)

Omagh Academy (OMA)
9th Sep, Home v DWN: 0-10 L
16th Sep, Home v COL: 22-22 D
23rd Sep, Away v BANB: 19-27 W
30th Sep, Home v MCB: 5-32 L
7th Oct, Home v RSD: 17-15 W
21st Oct, Away v RSA: 35-5 L
26th Oct, Away v LUR: 15-28 W
18th Nov, Home v WHS: 5-26 L
22nd Nov, Away v RES: 7-12 W
1st Dec, Home v FLC: 29-12 W
16th Dec, Home v ENN: 7-31 L
24th Jan, Home v BGS: 8-8 D (c3)
27th Jan, Away v BGS: 19-7 L (c3)

Portadown College (PDC)
16th Sep, Away v BGS: 26-14 L
23rd Sep, Home v BEL: 31-7 W
30th Sep, Away v RES: 31-22 L
7th Oct, Home v DWN: 0-38 L
14th Oct, Away v RSA: 58-3 L
21st Oct, Away v DRO: 10-36 W
4th Nov, Home v WHS: 17-32 L
11th Nov, Home v ANT: 45-0 W
18th Nov, Away v ENN: 17-10 L
18th Dec, Away v FSL: 16-14 L
29th Dec, Away v RSD: 19-10 L
6th Jan, Home v LIM: 36-5 W (c2)
24th Jan, Away v RES: 13-5 L (c3)
3rd Feb, Home v GRO: 17-12 W (bq)

Rainey ES (RES)
9th Sep, Home v REG: 12-8 W
16th Sep, Away v DAL: 22-0 L
23rd Sep, Home v FLC: 47-0 W
30th Sep, Home v PDC: 31-22 W
7th Oct, Away v ENN: 38-14 L
14th Oct, Home* v STR: 28-0 W
25th Oct, Home v LIM: 36-17 W
28th Oct, Away v CMB: 15-15 D
8th Nov, Home v RSD: 19-7 W
11th Nov, Away v DRO: 15-8 L
22nd Nov, Home v OMA: 7-12 L
2nd Dec, Away v RSA: 45-0 L
16th Dec, Away v SUL: 10-26 W
6th Jan, Home v BEL: 40-15 W (c2)
24th Jan, Home v PDC: 13-5 W (c3)
3rd Feb, Away v BGS: 12-3 L (c4)

RBAI (RBAI)
23rd Sep, Home v FSL: 27-0 W
30th Sep, Away v BCL: 10-38 W
7th Oct, Home v FSL: 31-12 W
14th Oct, Away v MCB: 5-16 W
21st Oct, Home v DWN: 38-18 W
22nd Nov, Home v CCB: 8-6 W
25th Nov, Away v RSA: 0-12 W
16th Dec, Home v WHS: 10-9 W
23rd Dec, Away v BGS: 0-19 W
3rd Feb, Home v BCL: 17-0 W (c4)

Regent House (REG)
9th Sep, Away v RES: 12-8 L
16th Sep, Home v ENN: 0-45 L
23rd Sep, Away v COL: 29-17 L
2nd Oct, Away v DRO: 31-12 L
7th Oct, Away v CCB: 40-7 L
14th Oct, Home v GRO: 12-20 L
28th Oct, Away v BGS: 38-0 L
4th Nov, Away v CMB: 11-14 W
11th Nov, Home v DAL: 12-21 L
18th Nov, Away v DWN: 48-0 L
25th Nov, Away v BRA: 31-11 L
2nd Dec, Home v BEL: 41-0 W
16th Dec, Away v LUR: 21-0 L
6th Jan, Away v CAR: 17-40 W (c2)
25th Jan, Away v CMB: 17-13 L (c3)

RS Armagh (RSA)
9th Sep, Home v BGS: 34-7 W
13th Sep, Home v BANB: 36-12 W
23rd Sep, Away v ENN: 14-7 L
30th Sep, Away v DWN: 12-14 W
14th Oct, Home v PDC: 58-3 W
21st Oct, Home v OMA: 35-5 W
11th Nov, Away v WHS: 19-13 L
25th Nov, Home v RBAI: 0-12 L
2nd Dec, Home v RES: 45-0 W
18th Dec, Home v BRA: 40-7 W
6th Jan, Home v BCL: 38-5 W
13th Jan, Away v COL: 17-41 W
20th Jan, Away v CCB: 7-28 W
3rd Feb, Away v CMB: 0-45 W (c4)

RS Dungannon (RSD)
8th Sep, Away v FSL: 22-21 L
23rd Sep, Home v GRO 15-0 W
4th Oct, Away v FLC: 7-31 W
7th Oct, Away v OMA: 17-15 L
14th Oct, Away v ENN: 18-13 L
21st Oct, Home v BRA: 16-12 W
8th Nov, Away v RES: 19-7 L
11th Nov, Home v LUR: 24-5 W
18th Nov, Away v DRO: 7-26 W
25th Nov, Home v COL: 23-10 W
29th Nov, Home v BANB: 43-0 W
16th Dec, Home v DWN: 7-57 L
29th Dec, Home v PDC: 19-10 W
20th Jan, Away v GRO: 7-23 W (c3)
3rd Feb, Home v WHS: 5-38 L (c4)

Strabane Academy (STR)
13th Sep, Home v FLC: 17-22 L
30th Sep, Away v WEL: 5-47 W
7th Oct, Away v LIM: 41-7 L
14th Oct, Away v RES*: 28-0 L
18th Nov, Away v CAR: 26-5 L
18th Dec, Away v CAR: 14-12 L (c1)
6th Jan, Home v WEL: 57-0 W (t1)
20th Jan, Away v BEL: 20-11 L (tq)

Sullivan Upper (SUL)
16th Sep, Home v BANB: 59-21 W
23rd Sep, Home v DWN 29-3 W
30th Sep, Away v BRA: 7-27 W
7th Oct, Away v BGS: 10-33 W
14th Oct, Away v WHS: 22-7 L
21st Oct, Away v BMA: 31-0 L
10th Nov, Home v MCB: 5-33 L
15th Nov, Away v LIM: 28-57 W
18th Nov, Away v COL: 29-32 W
25th Nov, Away v CCB: 38-7 L
6th Dec, Home v DWN: 22-5 W
16th Dec, Home v RES: 10-26 L
30th Dec, Away v FSL: 3-34 W
20th Jan, Away v BRA: 19-25 W (c3)
3rd Feb, Home v DWN: 20-13 W (c4)

Wallace HS (WHS)
9th Sep, Away v BMA: 0-25 W
23rd Sep, Away v CCB: 24-29 W
30th Sep, Away v LIM: 0-39 W
7th Oct, Home v BRA: 38-7 W
14th Oct, Home v SUL: 22-7 W
21st Oct, Home v DAL: 14-0 W
4th Nov, Away v PDC: 17-32 W
11th Nov, Home v RSA: 19-13 W
18th Nov, Away v OMA: 5-26 W
25th Nov, Away v MCB: 32-10 L
16th Dec, Away v RBAI: 10-9 L
27th Dec, Away v COL: 15-45 W
30th Dec, Home v BMA: 17-9 W
3rd Feb, Away v RSD: 5-38 W (c4)

Wellington College (WEL)
9th Sep, Away v ANT: 26-0 L
16th Sep, Home v LAR: 7-54 L
30th Sep, Home v STR: 5-47 L
2nd Dec, Away v CAR: 25-7 L
13th Dec, Home v BEL: 12-22 L (c1)
6th Jan, Away v STR: 57-0 L (t1)

* Played as/against ‘Select’ squad
^ Match abandoned after halftime
# Match not played; bye recorded


Ulster Schools Rugby Rankings FAQS

Every season people ask questions about these calculations and we welcome them as, in the past, it has helped us to improve the system. Feel free to post your queries, but you may find an answer to one of our FAQs below:

What is the point of the ranking system? The Ulster Schools Rugby Rankings was mainly designed so that every one of the 33 teams involved with Ulster Schools’ 1stXV rugby could be ranked using the data available, without the need for every team to have played against every other.

How is the ranking calculated for each team? The three biggest factors taken into account are: win percentage (number of wins, draws, and losses), opponent rating (the strength of sides faced), and competitive rating (their progression within the various competitions). Inactivity penalties are also scored thereby preventing less active schools being ranked higher than they deserve. The formula produces a score for each team using these factors which allows them to be ranked in order from 1 to 33.

How are these figures actually used to rank the teams? Teams are placed in order firstly by score then by competitive rating, then by form and finally, opponent strength. If there is a still a tie at this point other factors such as head-to-head record, competitive match-ups and inactivity penalties may be taken into account, but it is unlikely that this would be needed, and has so far proven to be so.

Are points/tries for/against taken into account? YES. This is a big change brought in last season which means not only W, D and Ls are important but how they are achieved matters too (although to a lesser extent). Points are now added/subtracted depending on a team’s points difference per game and the opponents these points were scored against.

Hey, my team defeated that one! Should we not be above them? Not necessarily: the Ulster Schools Rugby Ranking for each team is based on the season as a whole, not a head-to-head basis, so often teams can be ranked below those which they have beaten. Don’t worry, if you’re truly better than they are it will show eventually!

What does the score for each team represent? The score shown beside each team is a measure of performance. This is a number between 0 to approx. 1000; the higher the number the better the performance. This allows teams to be compared week-on-week and even season-on-season as the same score in any two weeks represents the exact same level of performance.

So then, what does the rating of each team represent? The decimal rating assigned to each team represents a calculated estimation of that team’s ability. To put it another way, if every team played every other in a full season, the number shown is what win percentage would be expected of each team, given the data available. This is why teams’ ratings change week-on-week even if they haven’t played; it is a comparison with the ability of every other team.

How is opponent strength calculated? Previously, an average was taken across the season as a whole up to that point, but now the average is calculated using the strength of opponent dependant on how strong they were when they actually played the team in question. This has led to a more accurate representation of a team’s performance and stops the situation whereby a team could see their performance improved/downgraded without actually playing that week.

How do inactivity penalties work? Penalties for inactivity accumulate from week to week if a school does not take part in a representative fixture and are factored into the calculation by lowering the a team’s opponent rating. This helps to prevent schools being unfairly ranked above others as sometimes happened with the original system.

What about abandoned games? The result of an abandoned game will be taken into account when more than one half has been played and if one team is winning by seven points or greater when it is stopped; if either one of these conditions is not met the teams involved will only be awarded any points scored during the course of the game.

Do you agree or disagree? We'd love to read your comments.