Millfield continued their fine start to the sevens season by winning yet another trophy, this time at the Llandovery 7s.
The Somerset side won the trophy last year and did so again in style this, topping their Pool and then amassing a total of 195 points in their four knockout games as they swept everyone aside, their second string even reached the knockout, losing to hosts Llandovery College in the last 16.
With Rosslyn Park now just a fortnight away, and Surrey 7s less than a week, this was the perfect step up in intensity for Millfield as they aim for an impressive double at those two tournaments.
With the likes of Filton College, Coleg Sir Gar, and the hosts Llandovery all in attendance, the Llandovery 7s was expected to be a reasonable indicator of form ahead of the nationals at Rosslyn Park. The only indicator that it appears to have shed though is that, barring a shock, the list of potential winners at Rosslyn Park is perhaps a lot smaller than first anticipated. That said, we cannot vouch for squad strengths and circumstance at Llandovery, and much can change before Rosslyn Park.
What we can say with great certainty though is that Millfield are very much in the hunt.
Things had been looking to be pretty much as expected at Llandovery â€“ the Group winners were by and large the favourites for each group, only the fact that Llandoveryâ€™s 2nd VII topped Group F would really be a genuine surprise.
The last 16 then went pretty much according to plan, Neath Port Talbot came close to Coleg Sir Gar than might have been expected and Colstonâ€™s did well to beat Sir Thomas Richâ€™s, but there were no scores that made you think twice. Llandovery and Millfield posted big scores but against 2nd strings.
In the quarter finals we started seeing some surprises though â€“ Filton College beat Sir Gar by 31 points, a huge psychological blow ahead of Rosslyn Park, meanwhile Newport High knocked out the hosts. Millfield beat Hereford Cathedral School, not an unexpected result â€“ nobody would have anticipated a 59-0 scoreline though.
Filton discovered what a psychological blow feels like in the semi finals, Millfield beat them 34-7, a pretty firm statement from the Llandovery Champions, Newport High meanwhile saw off the impressive Colstonâ€™s 21-14 to set up a well deserved final.
It might have been a well deserved final but Millfield were in no mood to make it an even contest they romped to a 47-7 victory, rounding off a perfect day for them with yet another outstanding scoreline.
Over in the Plate Brynteg Comprehensive picked up the trophy after defeating Queen Elizabethâ€™s High School 24-19 after impressive performances in the semi and quarter finals.
However the day was really only about Millfield in the end, they have now won every tournament that they have entered and, along with Wellington College in particular, look very well set indeed heading into the biggest ten days in the school 7s calendar.
What do you think of the Llandovery College 7s results â€“ are Millfield that far ahead of the competition that they have faced, or were the opposition not at the level anticipated? Let us know what you think on @FifteenRugbyXV or through the comment box below.
Champions â€“ Millfield School
Final: Newport High School 7-47 Millfield
Newport High School 21-14 Colstonâ€™s
Millfield 34-7 Filton College
LlandoveryÂ College 21-22 Newport High School
Colstonâ€™s 15-10 Cowbridge
Millfield 59-0 Hereford Cathedral School
Filton College 38-7 Coleg Sir Gar
Llandovery College 45-5 Millfield 2nd VII
Newport High School 38-14 Bro Myrddin
Colstonâ€™s 29-10 Sir Thomas Richâ€™s
Gwyr 14-22 Cowbridge
Millfield 55-0 Newport High School 2nd VII
Llandovery College 2nd VII 7-21 Hereford Cathedral School
Malvern College 0-34 Filton College
Neath Port Talbot 12-19 Coleg Sir Gar
Winners â€“ Brynteg Comprehensive
Final: Queen Elizabeth High School 19-24 Brynteg Comprehensive
Bassaleg School 12-17 Queen Elizabeth High School
Brynteg Comprehensive 26-14 Pembrokeshire College
Bassaleg School 20-19 Cwm Rhymni
Sexeyâ€™s 7-29 Queen Elizabeth High School
Brynteg Comprehensive 47-5 Treorchy Comprehensive
Bro Morgannwg 14-40 Pembrokeshire College
Bassaleg School 45-0 Llandovery 3rd VII
Cwm Rhymni v bye
Sexeyâ€™s w/o Cymer Rhondda
Bro Dinefwr 12-24 Queen Elizabeth High School
Brynteg Comprehensive v bye
Treorchy Comprehensive w/o Gower College
Bro Morgannwg 35-5 Streetsville (Canada)
Pembrokeshire College v bye
2014 Llandovery College 7s â€“ Final Group Standings
Queen Elizabeth HS
Newport High School
Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr
Sir Thomas Richâ€™s
Millfield 2nd VII
Llandovery 3rd VII
Llandovery College 2nd VII
Neath Port Talbot College
Coleg Sir Gar
Hereford Cathedral Sch
Newport High School 2nd VII