Day two of the 2015 HSBC Rosslyn Park National Schools 7s was as exciting as ever, with the Colts tournament reaching the last 16 stage and the Prep and Junior tournament both being completed.
QEGS Wakefield, winners of last yearâ€™s Colts tournament, and NatWest Cup finalists as an U15 yeargroup themselves last year, are again in the last 16 of the Colts, intriguingly against the side that they lost to in that NatWest Cup final last year, Warwick.
QEGSâ€™ opponents in last yearâ€™s Rosslyn Park Colts final were Wellington College, whose 1st VII are favourites in the Open. Wellington also progressed today, breezing through their pool and then beating Jonny Wilkinsonâ€™s old school, Lord Wandsworth College, 24-5 in the last 32. They will play an excellent Brighton College side in the last 32.
Were Wellington and QEGS to meet this year, it would have to be in the final again, but there are some high class sides standing between them both and that final, not forgetting their last 16 opponents either.
Millfield, as ever, look highly competitive. After topping their pool, they beat Solihull 31-5 in the last 32 and face Canford at 13.00 tomorrow in the last 16. Canford themselves look very good, their 63-0 victory over St Benedictâ€™s in the last 32 was arguably the most impressive of the day.
Perhaps the biggest surprise in the last 16 is the sight of Heathfield Community College, but they have been in brilliant form, and beat what was a fancied Kirkham Grammar School side 26-15 in the last 32, setting up a last 16 tie with Eton College, who beat Bishopâ€™s Wordsworth. Kirkham had fought hard in a tough group along with Uppingham, Kingâ€™s Macclesfield, and Hampton but Heathfield were in fine form come the last 32.
The winner of that Heathfield v Eton tie will play either Clifton College or St Johnâ€™s Leatherhead. Clifton beat Gordons 22-12 in the last 32, while St Johnâ€™s Leatherhead beat Eltham College 24-0 in their game.
Bedford, Festival champions last year, beat Whitgift 29-7 in the last 32 to reach the last 16, where they will play Bromsgrove. Bromsgrove are surely side through to the last 16 by the narrowest margin, after finishing level in Group S on points with Nottingham High School and Kingâ€™s Worcester, before beating Bristol Grammar School in the last 16 by a solitary point, 22-21.
Below them Tonbridge were in fine form, topping their pool before beating Welsh side Glantaf 28-10 to set up a last 16 tie with Stowe, who beat perennial rivals RGS High Wycombe 26-22 in their last 32 game.
It was not a great day overall for the Welsh schools, with Glantaf losing to Tonbridge and Cowbridge being beaten 42-17 by Reigate Grammar School in the last 32, they were the only Welsh sides to get out of the pools. Reigate now play Wallington Country Grammar in the last 16, the winner will play either Brighton College or Wellington College.
Over in the U13 tournaments, the first trophies of the week were awarded. Incredibly, Dulwich (the area) ended up with two finalists. Dulwich College reached the final of the Juniors tournament, with Dulwich Prep School in the final of the Prep tournament.
With a former old boy of both in attendance, England international, Nick Easter, and the Dulwich 1st XV, who play in the NatWest Cup final tomorrow, all in attendance, Dulwich College were clearly inspired in their Juniors final against age old rivals Whitgift.
Having stormed through to todayâ€™s quarter finals they beat Bishop Veseyâ€™s 26-14 ad Devenort 21-12 to set up the final against Whitgift, who had beaten Abingdon and Whitchurch in the semi and quarter finals.
Clearly inspired by their 1st XV heroes, Dulwich absolutely stormed through the final, winning by an incredible 33-0 scoreline. The Dulwich College rugby dynasty certainly appears to live on!
In a show of local support and community Dulwich College, including those 1st XV men with their busy Cup final day tomorrow, all stuck around to watch Dulwich Prep against Caldicott in the Prep final, it was, staggeringly, Caldicottâ€™s 25th appearance in a Rosslyn Park final.
Caldicott ultimately had too much for Dulwich Prep though winning 22-12 in the after Dulwich had twice led.
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HSBC Rosslyn Park National Schools 7s Day 2 Results Summary:
Dulwich College 33-0 Whitgift
Caldicott 22-12 Dulwich Prep School
Colts Last 32(& Group Winners):
QEGS Wakefield (A) 29-7 Ipswich (B)
Manchester Grammar School (C) 12-24 Warwick (D)
Canford (E) 63-0 St Benedictâ€™s (F)
Solihull (G) 5-31 Millfield (H)
Clifton College (I) 22-12 Gordons (J)
St Johnâ€™s Leatherhead (K) 26-0 Eltham College (L)
Kirkham Grammar School (M) 15-26 Heathfield Community College (N)
Bishop Wordsworthâ€™s (O) 12-19 Eton College (P)
Bedford (Q) 29-7 Whitgift (R)
Bromsgrove (S) 22-21 Bristol Grammar School (T)
Tonbridge (U) 28-10 Glantaf (V)
Stowe (W) 26-22 RGS High Wycombe (X)
Reigate Grammar School (Y) 42-17 Cowbridge Comprehensive (Z)
Wallington County Grammar School (AA) 22-12 Abingdon (BB)
Judd (CC) 5-33 Brighton College (DD)
Lord Wandsworth College (EE) 5-24 Wellington College (FF)