School 7s: Harrow crowned kings of Reigate Charity 7s


Harrow are this year’s Reigate Rugby Sevens champions after beating a spirited Reigate team in a special final which saw international referee Wayne Barnes preside over.


The 34-14 score-line meant the North London side would take the crown of a successful tournament consisting of 32 teams from schools across the South-East.


International referee and guest of the tournament, Wayne Barnes, said of his involvement in the final: “It was a cracking final to be part of, a really impressive display from Harrow.


“We’ve been lucky with the weather and it’s been great to see boys and girls on a Sunday afternoon out playing rugby and enjoying themselves.”


Harrow’s path to the final was not an easy one, having to pass tough tests against Hampton, Epsom, and Brighton.


However, having got there, it was their final from the word go as they made a quick start, racing to a comprehensive, early lead, and remained in control up until Barnes’ final whistle, securing their second major title of the term, following the Marches 7s.


The tournament saw its share of success as Whitgift won the plate final 40-19 over Portsmouth GS, and Hampton won the shield final against Berkhamsted 34-0. Reigate’s Max Coyle was named player of the tournament as selected by the team of referees.


Fulton were this year’s winners of the girls’ Reigate Sevens tournament, beating Christ’s Hospital 49-5 in the final.


Organiser of the tournament, Jonny Hylton, said: “It’s been a fantastic day. This tournament has been gathering momentum year on year and now acts as a great precursor to Rosslyn Park.


“Tournaments like this are great for the players as it gives them the chance to play teams they wouldn’t usually play against, and develop core skills they can take through sevens, or translate to the fifteen game.”


Special guest Barnes couldn’t hide his admiration for the players taking part in the tournament: “There were some really quality players out there today.


“We’ve seen so many quality players come through this tournament in the past, players who’ve ended up playing professional rugby, England Sevens. It’s been wonderful to see some of the stars of the future first-hand.”

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