Northampton School for Boys are the leading team from the state sector so far in this season's SOCS Daily Mail Schools Trophy.
A flying start has brought four wins in September culminating in a 37-5 win over St Joseph's of Ipswich in this national competition sponsored by the school management system, SOCS.
This latest win prompted head coach Mark Lee to say his team had played some of the best rugby since the school reached the final of the national knockout final in 2013 when they lost to Dulwich.
His eldest son, Jamie, who joined Northampton full time last season, was in the team who won the national vase in 2016.
Besides St Joseph's, NSB have also accounted for Loughborough Endowed, Solihull and another leading state rugby school in St Thomas Rich's of Gloucester.
The wins put NSB in fourth place in the Trophy merit table which is led by champions Wellington, who have won five games, Sedbergh (four games) and QEGS Wakefield (three).
Whitgift found winning form again after failing to beat Wellington and Sedbergh this season
Whitgift, who have failed narrowly to beat Wellington and Sedbergh this season, found winning form again by staging a memorable comeback to pip Warwick, 27-26, after they had conceded 19 points in the first seven minutes.
A try by No 8 Harry Dugmore and a Joe Parkes conversion completed a hectic match to give Whitgift consolation after those two defeats.
Parkes kicked 12 points in all including improving tries by Ade Lipede and Ollie Norris.
Chris Wilkins, Whitgift's head coach, said: 'It was a very poor start but we showed a lot of character to comeback. It was quite a game.'
This year's Daily Mail Schools Rugby Trophy is well underway.
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