Several School Trophy stars played for professional clubs in Premiership Cup
Clifton captain Ioan Lloyd and Bloxham hooker Alfie Barbeary both played
Sir Thomas Rich's are improving, having lost just one Trophy game so far
Clifton captain Ioan Lloyd is back guiding his team to success in the SOCS Daily Mail Schools Trophy after breaking into the professional ranks for Bristol.
The Wales under-18 player spent his half-term in the Bristol squad for the new Premiership Cup, which is designed to give young talent an opportunity.
Lloyd had his chance in Bristol's match at Northampton where he was a second-half substitute in a 51-24 defeat.
He returned to school duties last weekend when this national competition, sponsored by SOCS, the schools management system, resumed after the half-term break.
Lloyd helped Clifton to a 13-10 win over Blundells to keep his team in the mix for a top 10 finish in this tournament played over the autumn term by the country's top school teams.
Another school boy making his way in the senior game is Bloxham captain and hooker Alfie Barbeary.
Bloxham also had captain and hooker Alfie Barbeary appear for Wasps in the competition
Barbeary, who led England under-18s on tour to South Africa in the summer, appeared as a second-half substitute for Wasps against Gloucester in the Premiership Cup and scored a late try.
Clifton are the only school so far to defeat Sir Thomas Rich's, the Gloucester-based state academy, in Trophy games.
The 'Tommies' are an improving force having beaten Monmouth, 20-7 last weekend to register a fourth win following victories over Bristol GS, King's Worcester and Colston's.
Led by No 8 Joseph Hocking, the team is built round a successful under-15s squad who are now in the senior ranks.
Tries from fly half Fergus Jackson, flanker Kelvin Osawe and lock Will Sanderson overpowered Monmouth.
Sir Thomas Rich's have progressed well during this year's SOCS Daily Mail Schools Trophy
Director of rugby Rhys Davies commented: 'This success is all down to the hard work and commitment of the players who are constantly evolving, challenging each other and adding to their games.
'The team has been led extremely well by Joe, who sets an excellent example both and off the field.'
Marlborough continued their excellent form by fending off the powerful challenge of Canford to win 13-12.
The only try came early on when Marlborough centre Louis de Hennin scored and Billy James converted.
Another in-form team are Brighton College who swept to a 28-0 half-time lead against Skinner's. Jono Conolly, Henry Dunford, Ben Hampel and Henry Mason scored tries in a 28-12 win.
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