Brighton College won the HSBC Rosslyn Park National School 7s Colts tournament, beating New Hall in the final.
It was a thrilling final, won at the death by a brilliant Brighton College try that saw them claim the title by a single point at 20-19.
It had been that kind of day, and a desperately unlucky one for New Hall who did brilliantly to get to the final, and endured their own nailbiting win in the semi final, beating Cowbridge 22-21.
There were no such dramas for Brighton College though, who stormed through to the final, beating Y Preseli 20-7 in the final and favourties St John’s Leatherhead 26-12 in the quarter finals following a good 17-12 win over Cheltenham College in the last 16.
That quarter final win was perhaps the key though, St John’s were many people’s favourties, but Brighton College truly showed their class to win a deserved title with a very talented yeargroup.
New Hall deserve plaudits too though, they were inches away from victory in the final, and had beaten the likes of Durham, Cowbridge, Stowe, and Sherborne on the way – quite the cast list.
Over in the U18 Vase the Group stages were taking place, ahead of tomorrow’s knockout rounds.
There was some outstanding rugby on show despite the bitterly cold conditions, with last year’s losing finalists Tonbridge particularly impressive, though Felsted were one side that particularly caught the eye of Fifteen Rugby’s roving reporters.
Bedford were also in fine form, unsurprisingly, their form has been brilliant in all forms of the game, and they went through unbeaten in a group that included the likes of Eltham College, Truro, Colfe’s, and Langley.
Feslted went on to beat the Group C winners St Paul’s in the Elimination Round late in the afternoon, and could well be starting to edge into dark horse territory.
Tomorrow the Vase quarter finals take place, these take the form of a group stage, with the winners of today’s elimination round games split into four groups of four, the losers do the same in the Bowl competition.
The winners of each group then compete in the semi finals of the respective competitions.
Group 1 in the Vase quarter finals sees dark horses Felsted in with last year’s runners up, Tonbridge, an excellent Oratory side, they beat Caerleon 43-0 in the eliminator, and Bradford Grammar.
Group 2 includes last year’s Colts runners up, Eton College, the famous Rugby School, Dulwich College, who won a thrilling eliminator 19-17 over Durham, and Berkhamsted, 50-7 winners over Judd.
In Group 3 Blundell’s are a side in fine form, they knocked out Millfield’s 2nd VII in the eliminator. They are grouped with Bishop Wordsworth’s, Cheltneham College, and Eastbourne College.
Meanwhile in Group 4 one of the big favourites, Bedford, are lurking. They will have it far from their own way though, Seaford College are looking very strong, as are Lord Wandsworth and Bristol Grammar, who beat AKS Arnold 52-0.
Tomorrow also sees the start of the U18 Cup competition and the inaugural edition of the U14 tournament, making Thursday one of the most exciting days of Rosslyn Park.
Today though, the plaudits all go to Brighton College, who put on an outstanding show of 7s throughout the two days of the Colts competition.
HSBC Rosslyn Park National School 7s Colts Champions – Brighton College
Brighton College 20-19 New Hall
Colts Semi Finals
Y Preseli 7-20 Brighton College
New Hall 22-21 Cowbridge
Colts Quarter Finals
Y Preseli 19-15 Whitgift
St John’s Leatherhead 12-26 Brighton College
New Hall 22-17 Durham
Cowbridge 24-10 Bedford
Colts Last 16 Results:
Last 16 1 – RGS High Wycombe 7-17 Y Preseli
Last 16 2 – Whitgift 24-15 Hymers College
Last 16 3 – St John’s Leatherhead 35-10 Loughborough Grammar
Last 16 4 – Cheltenham College 12-17 Brighton College
Last 16 5 – Stowe 21-22 New Hall
Last 16 6 – Durham 31-17 Trent College
Last 16 7 –City of London Freemen’s 5-29 Cowbridge
Last 16 8 – Sedbergh 14-19 Bedford
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) 10-31 City of London Freemens (Group Z)
Cowbridge (Group AA) 26-21 Canford (Group BB)
Sedbergh (Group CC) 26-12 Judd (Group DD)
Bedford (Group EE) 33-21 Eton College (Group FF)
U18 Vase Elimination Round
Pocklington 19-29 Bishop Wordsworth’s
Cheltenham College 29-10 Worksop College
Rugby 26-14 Malvern College
King’s Macclesfield 5-48 Bedford
Tonbridge 54-0 Gunnersbury
AKS Arnold 0-52 Bristol Grammar
Millfield 2nd VII 0-27 Blundell’s
Pembrokeshire 15-31 Eastbourne College
St Paul’s 7-39 Feslted
Whitchurch HS 10-40 Eton College
Bradford Grammar 24-10 St Peter’s, York
Durham 17-19 Dulwich College
Gordon’s 17-32 Lord Wandsworth College
Caerleon 0-43 The Oratory
St Edward’s, Oxford 5-24 Seaford College
Judd 7-50 Berkhamsted
|HSBC Rosslyn Park National School 7s – U18 Vase Quarter Final Groups|
|Group 1||Group 2||Group 3||Group 4|
|Bradford Grammar School||Berkhamsted||Bishop Wordsworth’s||Bedford|
|Felsted||Dulwich College||Blundell’s||Bristol Grammar School|
|The Oratory||Eton College||Cheltenham College||Lord Wandsworth College|
|Tonbridge||Rugby||Eastbourne College||Seaford College|
|HSBC Rosslyn Park National School 7s – U18 Bowl Quarter Final Groups|
|Group 1||Group 2||Group 3||Group 4|
|Caerleon Comprehensive||Durham||Millfield 2nd VII||AKS Arnold|
|Gunnersbury||Malvern College||Pembrokeshire College||Gordon’s|
|St Paul’s||Judd||Pocklington||St Edward’s, Oxford|
|St Peter’s, York||Whitchurch High School||Worksop College||King’s Macclesfield|