Wellington College showed their formidable 7s strength to win the Windsor 7s on Sunday, putting in some astonishing displays along the way.
Wellington have won four of the last five Rosslyn Park National Schools 7s Festivals, including the last three in a row, and reached the final of the one they missed out on. However this year they will compete in the Open tournament after a shake up in the tournament entry.
The likelihood is that that will prove a much tougher ask, and as such Wellington now offer 7s as a full time Lent Term sport and, judging by Sundayâ€™s showing, it is more than paying off â€“ such was their dominance.
They topped a classy Pool that included Henley College, St Benedictâ€™s, St Edwardâ€™s Oxford, and a young RGS High Wycombe squad with more than half an eye on their upcoming NatWest Cup semi final.
Having won four out of four in that group they then took on Bryanston in the quarter finals, winning 12-7, before an astonishing 31-0 win over Eton College sealed their place in the final.
Nothing could have prepared onlookers for what was to come in the final, a simply breathtaking nine-try rout of Radley College, 57-7. A Sam Aspland-Robinson hat-trick in the final grabs the headlines, however seeing skipper Brett Heron cross the whitewash as he continues his return form a serious injured will have brought a big smile to the face of the Wellington faithful.
It was a shame for Radley to go down so heavily in the final, but having battled all day it was always likely to be a tricky game for them.
The Oxfordshire based school qualified for the Cup knockouts in second place in their group after losing to Rugby, and followed that with a tough 21-19 win over Stowe, who had looked so impressive to top a pool that also contained Hampton and Eton.
Radley put in a sensational performance in their semi final against Bedford, winning 26-14 against the side who had knocked out a dangerous Henley College side by an astonishing 40-5 scoreline in the previous round. However that performance perhaps just took to much out of Radley who could do nothing other than congratulate Wellington on a fine performance in the final.
In the Plate competition Abingdon made light of only having had two 7s training session this term as they beat Hampton, and then St Benedictâ€™s before beating RGS High Wycombe 14-7 to lift the trophy.
The big lesson of the day though was that once again Wellington College are looking strong, very strong, and a charge on the Rosslyn Park Open title is not looking at all unlikely â€“ what a story that would be.
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2014 Windsor 7s Knockout Results:
Final: Wellington College 57-7 Radley College
Wellington College 31-0 Eton College
Bedford 14-26 Radley College
Wellington College 12-7 Bryanston
Eton College 12-7 Rugby
Stowe 19-21 Radley College
Bedford 40-5 Henley College
Plate Final: Abingdon 14-7 RGS High Wycombe
2014 Windsor 7s Group Standings
RGS High Wycombe
St Edwards, Oxford