Harrow yesterday gained revenge on Cranleigh at Twickenham in the annual repeat of the HSBC Rosslyn Park National School 7s at the London leg of the HSBC World 7s Series.
Cranleigh had beaten Harrow 27-19 at Rosslyn Park to lift the National Schools title, just a year on from having won the Plate competition.
However Harrow turned the tables at Twickenham Stadium yesterday in front of tens of thousands of rugby fans, beating Cranleigh by a stunning 32-0 margn.
The famous North West London school have been stars of the 7s circuit this season, winning some of the most prestigious tournaments on the school scene in the lead up to Rosslyn Park. They took a 10-0 lead into half time before accelerating away for the 32-0 win.
In truth, though, the day was about far more than simply the rugby. It was about the opportunity and the experience for both sets of players, as well as their outstanding coaching staff, and their loyal followers of parents, pupils, and old boys and girls.
That experience did not simply stretch to running out on that Twickenham turf in the middle of the final leg of the HSBC World 7s Series, but to having team talks done by Brian O’Driscoll and George Gregan thanks to the HSBC Sport marketing team.
O’Driscoll was charged with inspiring Harrow, while Gregan looked after Cranleigh. The two were certainly taking it seriously, with O’Driscoll today tweeting:
“Still glowing from my team Harrow’s dominating performance yesterday at #London7s. O’Driscoll 1 Gregan 0”
You can see the video of their team talks here: Brian O’Driscoll and George Gregan fire up Harrow & Cranleigh ahead of Twickenham clash.
Both sides included a number of real stars of schools rugby, including Dino Lamb-Cona of Cranleigh and Reuben Bird-Tulloch of Harrow, while Harrow also included Callum Sirker, who looks set to join the England Academy 7s squad.
Full Time: Cranleigh 0-32 Harrow