The first trophies of the 2016 HSBC Rosslyn Park National School 7s were handed out today, with Wimbledon College winning Junior Tournament, and Caldicott winning the Prep Schools Tournament.
It was the second title in a row for Caldicott, who were simply outstanding all day as they stormed to victory, beating a very good Bromsgrove School side 12-5 in the final.
It was a brilliantly competitive final, Caldicott took an early lead, before the Bromsgrove 1st XV turned up the volume pitchside as they arrived from their Twickenham tour ahead of tomorrow’s U18 NatWest Cup final.
That seemed to inspire their young schoolmates, who responded with a late first half try, however Caldicott had a huge amount of support of their own. Indeed Caldicott are perhaps the best supported side that anyone will see in this tournament.
That support had carried them through the day, though such is their quality that they hardly needed it, and helped them surge to score a vital try late in the second half to secure their second successive HSBC Rosslyn Park National Schools 7s Prep Schools title.
Over in the Junior Tournament, Glantaf had been terrorising their opponents all day, but came across a Wimbledon College side in the final who were more than able to match them physically, and had plenty of pace to burn too.
Wimbledon took a 10-0 lead into the second half through two excellent first half scores, their winger showing some electric pace and footwork, startling in someone so young.
However Glantaf were not to be blown away, and scored late in the second half to narrow the gap to 10-7. Given their passion at this point, and their form throughout the competition, many felt that there was a strong chance that they might come charging back.
Wimbledon College had no such fears though, and almost immediately they hit back with t superb try of their own to seal the game at 15-7, and with it collecting the HSBC Rosslyn Park National Schools 7s Junior title, their first since 2010.
It capped a fine day at Rosslyn Park, with the likes of Millfield Prep, St Olave’s, Sedbergh, St Benedict’s, and QEGS Wakefield all impressive in the Junior and Prep competitions.
Over in the Colts there was plenty of excitement in the group stages, where Brighton College, Bedford, and St John’s Leatherhead drew many of the plaudits on what is always the busiest day of the entire tournament.
Among the many impressive performances was a win over the ever strong Wellington College by Trinity, who were later beaten by St John’s Leathehead, who are without doubt one of the favourites for the title tomorrow.
Tomorrow sees Colts last 16, quarter finals, semi finals, and final all take place, while it also sees the first U18 action of the week as the Vase groups stages and elimination round take place ahead of Thursday’s Group quarter finals.
Some brilliant match ups are already in store. At the top of the draw RGS High Wycombe take on Preseli, with the excellent Whitgift playing Hymers College. St John’s Leatherhead, who are one of the favourites, as already mentioned, play Loughborough Grammar.
Cheltenham College take on Brighton College in what ought to be a thriller, while Stowe meet New Hall. Durham play Trent College, with the final two last 16 game still to be finalised.
Once again, the most junior of the Rosslyn Park competitions both lived up to expectations, while the Colts look in great shape to provide another great day of entertainment.
With the finals of that age-group plus the start of the U18 Vase tomorrow, the rugby is only set to keep on coming at that brilliantly high standard.
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Junior Tournament Day 2 Results:
Wimbledon College 15-7 Ysgol Gyfun Glantaf
Wimbledon College 31-14 St Benedict’s
Glantaf 45-7 Bishop’s Stortford High School
Wimbledon College 33-12 Y Pant
St Benedict’s 47-0 Aberdare
Glantaf 34-0 King’s Macclesfield
Bishop’s Stortford High School 36-10 QEGS Wakefield
Prep Schools Day 2 Results:
Caldicott 12-5 Bromsgrove
Caldicott beat Millfield
Bromsgrove beat St Olave’s, York
|Quarter Finals Groups – Final Standings|
|Dubai College||St Olave’s||Sedbergh|
|Westbourne House||Sherborne||Shrewsbury House|
Colts Last 32 Results:
Sutton Valance (Group A) 7-10 RGS High Wycombe (Group B Winners)
Y Preseli (Group C) 28-21 Barnard Castle (Group D)
Marlborough College (Group E) 12-14 Whitgift (Group F)
Monmouth (Group G) 15-19 Hymers College (Group H)
Trinity (Group I) 12-26 St John’s Leatherhead (Group J)
Loughborough (Group K) 21-5 UCS (Group L)
Hinchley Wood (Group M) 12-15 Cheltenham College (Group N)
Brighton College (Group O) 31-12 Millfield (Group P)
Stowe (Group Q) 35-12 St Joseph’s College (Group R)
Sherborne (Group S) 0-29 New Hall (Group T)
Harrow (Group U) 19-24 Durham (Group V)
Trent College (Group W) 26-15 Oakham (Group X)
Glantaf (Group Y) v City of London Freemens (Group Z) – TBC
Cowbridge (Group AA) v Canford (Group BB) – TBC
Sedbergh (Group CC) v Judd (Group DD) – TBC
Bedford (Group EE) v Eton College (Group FF) – TBC
Colts Day 2 Fixtures:
Last 16 1 – RGS High Wycombe v Y Preseli
Last 16 2 – Whitgift v Hymers College
Last 16 3 – St John’s Leatherhead v Loughborough Grammar
Last 16 4 – Cheltenham College v Brighton College
Last 16 5 – Stowe v New Hall
Last 16 6 – Durham v Trent College
Last 16 7 – Glantaf/City of London v Cowbridge/Canford
Last 16 8 – Sedbergh/Judd v Bedford/Eton College