Marches 7s: Impressive Blundell’s claim major scalps en route to victory

Blundell’s translated their superb fifteen-a-side from to the school 7s field at the Marches 7s on Sunday as they won this prestigious title.

 

Hosted at Hereford Cathedral School, the Marches 7s is often a big indicator of who will be in the mix at the HSBC Rosslyn Park National School 7s at the end of the month, and Blundell’s will take huge confidence from this victory.

 

They beat former champions Millfield 22-14 in the final, no easy task in any year or competition, while Millfield themselves had beaten the reigning champions, Harrow, 28-12 in their semi final.

 

Blundell’s, meanwhile, had enjoyed a dominant semi final, where they beat Barnard Castle, what a distance they had travelled, by an impressive 19-0 margin.

 

It had been a strange start to the day, with five teams missing. That meant that Group E had to be scrapped and Group G was a side short. Effectively it meant that in the Cup, Plate, and Bowl there would be one quarter finalists with a bye to the semis, while in the Shield there would be three.

 

Having topped a tricky Group F that included Adams Grammar School, Llandovery College, and the Plate winners, AASE legends Hartpury College, Blundell’s were set to play the Group E winners in the quarter finals. That of course meant that they were the beneficiaries of the bye, perhaps keeping them fresh for those outstanding semi final and final performances.

 

Hartpury, as mentioned, picked up the Plate with a 50-0 win over Whitchurch High School, with Beechen Cliff, who finished behind Millfield and Monmouth in Group D, beating Christ College 21-7 to win the Bowl. Malvern College, meanwhile, won the Shield, beating Solihull 35-7 in the final.

 

The story of the day though was that of Blundell’s, who had to beat some of the finest teams in the country to secure this title, and will now look ahead to the rest of the 7s season confident that they can make a huge impression in the very biggest tournaments of all.

 

Marches 7s Results

 

Cup

 

Final

Blundell’s 22-14 Millfield

 

Semi Finals

Millfield 28-12 Harrow

Blundell’s 19-0 Barnard Castle

 

Quarter Finals

Millfield 32-5 Plymouth College

Harrow 21-14 Cheltenham College

Blundell’s v Bye

Barnard Castle 24-10 Ysgol Gyfun Glantaf

 

Plate

 

Final

Hartpury College 50-5 Whitchurch High School

 

Semi Finals

Hartpury College 36-7 SGS Filton College

Whitchurch HS 24-14 Monmouth

 

Quarter Finals

Hartpury College v Bye

SGS Filton College 41-0 Sir Thomas Rich’s

Whitchurch HS 28-12 RGS Worcester

Monmouth 17-7 Dean Close

 

Bowl

 

Final

Beechen Cliff 21-7 Christ College

 

Semi Finals

Beechen Cliff 12-7 KES Bath

Christ College 31-28 Llandovery College

 

Quarter Finals

Beechen Cliff 19-12 King’s Worcester

KES Bath 26-12 Pate’s Grammar

Christ College 12-7 KES Stratford

Llandovery College v Bye

 

Shield

 

Final

Malvern College 35-7 Solihull

 

Semi Finals

Malvern College 38-14 Adams Grammar School

Solihull 17-12 King’s Worcester 2nd VII

 

Quarter Finals

Malvern College v Bye

Adams Grammar v Bye

Solihull 27-12 Hereford Cathedral School

King’s Worcester 2nd VII v Bye

 

Marches 7s – Final Group Standings
Group A Group B Group C Group D
Cheltenham College Harrow Plymouth College Millfield
RGS Worcester Whitchurch High School Dean Close Monmouth
Pate’s Grammar School KES Bath King’s Worcester Beechen Cliff
Hereford Cathedral School Solihull Coleg Sir Gar King’s Worcester 2nd VII

 

Marches 7s – Final Group Standings
Group E Group F Group G Group H
N/A Blundell’s Ysgol Gyfun Glantaf Barnard Castle
N/A Hartpury College Sir Thomas Rich’s SGS Filton

College

N/A Llandovery College Christ College, Brecon KES Stratford
N/A Adams Grammar School N/A Malvern College
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