The third day of the HSBC Rosslyn Park National School Sevens saw the start of the Open tournament and with it some high quality performances and a few surprising results.
Group H was the focus of much of the pre tournament build up, it featured Filton, Henley, Ivybridge and Woodhouse Grove alongside Peter Symondâ€™s.
It was quickly dubbed the group of death and so it proved, with Filton, Ivybridge and Woodhouse Grove all finishing on 12 points leaving Woodhouse Grove to qualify due to their superior points difference, after some impressive in-game calculations during their match against Ivybridge.
Group N also produced another tight end, Mount St Maryâ€™s Neath Port Talbot and St Benedictâ€™s all took points from each other to fall level on 12 each, Mount St Maryâ€™s were always in control though, such was the superiority of their points difference.
The big shock of the day though was the loss of Millfield School at the group stages, probably the most prestigious team in Rosslyn Park history, they raced away at the start of the day only to blow a strong half time lead against Cwm Rhymni in their final match.
Llandovery College were another side to cause a few surprises with a group stage knockout, their defeat to Hurstpierpoint left them unable to qualify from Group E.
With those two sides gone, along with Filton and Ivybridge, the competition is as open as ever with Sedbergh looking the most likely side to really take advantage. They finished top of group M without conceding a single point all day and scoring 179 of their own in a quite remarkable dayâ€™s play.
Oaklands and Hampton were two of the pre tournament favourites, they have been paired together in the last 24, meaning that one of them will end up in what looks like being a classy Plate competition.
Bicton and Hartpury have also been paired together in what looks like another barnstorming game, while Group Hâ€™s qualifiers, Woodhouse Grove, face City of London Freemenâ€™s. After escaping that pool, Woodhouse Grove will be expecting great things.
Whitgift were another early favourite for the tournament, they blitzed their way through their Group in fine fashion and their reward is a tie against Solihull.
Defending champions Coleg Sir Gar had to take advantage of the new rule allowing the top two runners up to qualify, they came second to Bicton in Group A but sneak through to set up a fixture with London Oratory, the other runners up.
Sir Gar are one of four Welsh sides to progress but after their victory over Millfield it maybe Cwm Rhymni who lead the Welsh charge, the challenge from north of the border is from Merchiston Castle who face Liverpool College.
If you are looking for a dark horse though Cwm Rhymniâ€™s opposition tomorrow, St Josephâ€™s, might be worth a shout, though that fixture will be tricky given the confidence that must be surging through Cwm Rhymni.
Finals day looks set to be an exciting day of sevens, with a few of the favourites out it is a real chance for a few of the outsiders to get really stuck into this great tournament.
HSBC Rosslyn Park National School Sevens â€“ Open â€“ 1st Elimination Round
Bicton College v Hartpury College
Hampton v Oaklands College
Rydal Penrhos v John Fisher
USA HS All American v Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr
St Josephâ€™s v Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni
Bishop Wordsworth v Truro College
Hurstpierpoint v Kingâ€™s School Macclesfield
Sedbergh v Mount St Maryâ€™s College
Whitgift v Solihull
City of London Freemenâ€™s v Woodhouse Grove
Liverpool College v Merchiston Castle
Coleg Sir Gar v London Oratory