Rosslyn Park HSBC National School 7s: St John’s Leatherhead seal the Vase in a thrilling final

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St John’s Leatherhead claimed the 2017 Rosslyn Park HSBC National School 7s U18 Vase final after a thrilling final against Cheltenham College.


St John’s had been magnificent all tournament, topping a tough group on day one before beating The Perse 42-0 in their elimination round game yesterday afternoon.


In today’s quarter final groups they topped a monstrously hard pool ahead of QEGS Wakefield and Blundell’s, sending them into semi final group two.


There they met Eastbourne College, a favourite among many spectators, and Oakham, the NatWest Champions Trophy semi finalists, both of whom they beat.


Cheltenham College, meanwhile, had come through some tricky groups of their own, beating Monmouth and Stowe to top quarter final group B, before seeing off the challenge of two very strong semi final pool competitiors in St Peter’s York and Bromsgrove.


Heading into the final, a close a tense game was expected, and so it proved, but not initially. St John’s absolutely flew out of the traps, and for a while it looked as though the men who performed so well in the Surrey 7s might run away with this final.


They took a 19-0 lead, and Cheltenham looked in dire straights. This is 7s though, and the game can turn on a sixpence. The men in red and black pulled one back to make it 19-7, though St John’s replied almost instantly to stretch the lead back out to 26-7 at the half time break.


Whatever was said at half time must have worked for Cheltenham though, they came flying out of the traps, scoring a quick couple of tries and holding onto the ball for almost the entire duration of the half as they closed it to 26-19.


With the game entering the final play they piled on the pressure again, creating a chance. Despite the onslaught though, St John’s kept their heads, forcing Cheltenham wide so that when they eventually did breach the defence it was in the corner with a tough conversion.


That was exactly as it played out, and with the wind picking up it really was a near impossible conversion, a smart bit of defensive work from St John’s.


It was a brave and exciting comeback from Cheltenham College, but ultimately for their play over the day and their outstanding rugby in the first half of this fantastic final, the Vase ended up in the right hands, but what a way to decide it, this was a final that will live long in the memory.


Over in the Bowl competition, for those that lost in the Vase elimination round, Epsom College picked up the trophy. The South West Londonders topped their quarter final group before ousting Pocklington and Millfield 2nd VII in their semi final pool to set up a final against Stockport Grammar School, who had seen off the challenge of Wallington County Grammar and Bloxham in their semi final group.


In the final Epsom were just too good and too powerful in the end, starting fast and only accelerating from there to take a quite brilliant 31-0 win, walking home with the Rosslyn Park HSBC National School 7s Bowl title.


Walking away with the Vase after a stunning day of play though were St John’s Leatherhead, whose rise over the last year or so has been truly impressive.


Overall, the plate was a real success, with perhaps the real highlight being the number of genuine ‘Vase’ teams that made it towards the latter stages of the competition, adding some real romance and excitement to the comepetition.


Rosslyn Park HSBC National School 7s Vase Results:


U18 Vase Final

St John’s, Leatherhead 26-24 Cheltenham College


U18 Bowl Final

Epsom College 31-0 Stockport Grammar School


U18 Vase Semi Final Groups (Final Standings, 1-3):


Group 1 Group 2
Cheltenham College St John’s, Leatherhead
St Peter’s, York Eastbourne College
Bromsgrove Oakham


U18 Bowl Semi Final Groups (Final Standings, 1-3):


Group 1 Group 2
Epsom College Stockport GS
Millfield B Wallington CGS
Pocklington Bloxham


U18 Vase Quarter Final Groups:


Vase A Vase B Vase C
St Peter’s, York Cheltenham College Bromsgrove
Felsted Monmouth Reed’s
Berkhamsted Stowe St Pauls


Vase D Vase E Vase F
St John’s, Leatherhead Eastbourne College Oakham
QEGS Wakefield Eltham College Queen Ethelburga’s
Blundell’s King’s Worcester Ysgol Y Preseli


U18 Bowl Quarter Final Groups:


Bowl A Bowl B Bowl C
Millfield B Pocklington Epsom College
Shawnigan Lawe B Loughborough Sir William Borlase
Simon Langton GS Kingswood Malvern College


Bowl D Bowl E Bowl F
Bloxham Stockport GS Wallington CGS
The Perse Ipswich Marlborough College
Seaford College Tiffin Bradford GS


U18 Vase Elimination Round Results:


Berkhamsted (A) 29-24 Shawnigan Lake (B)

St Peter’s York (C) 19-14 Simon Langton GS (D)

Millfield B (E) 5-19 Felsted (F)

Kingswood (G) 14-29 Stowe (H)

Cheltenham College (I) 47-0 (Z) Loughborough

Pocklington (J) 10-14 Monmouth (K)

Malvern College (L) 7-29 St Paul’s (M)

Epsom College (N) 19-22 (O) Reed’s

Bromsgrove (P) 33-26 (Q) Sir William Borlase’s

QEGS Wakefield (R) 31-19 Seaford College (S)

Blundell’s (T) 42-12 Bloxham (U)

The Perse (V) 0-42 St John’s Leatherhead (W)

King’s Worcester (X) 28-26 Ipswich (Y)

Eastbourne College (AA) 25-12 Tiffin (BB)

Bradford Grammar (CC) 21-35 Ysgol Y Preseli (DD)

Marlborough College (EE) 19-24 (FF) Oakham

Stockport GS (GG) 20-26 Eltham College (Runner Up 1)

Queen Ethelburga’s (HH) 21-12 Wallington CGS (Runner Up 2)


HSBC Rosslyn Park National Schools 7s Vase Final Group Standings (1-5) 170 Teams:


Group A Group B Group C Group D
Berkhamsted Shawnigan Lake St Peter’s York Simon Langton Grammar
Nelson College Christ College Brecon Langley Radley College
UCS Loretto Hayes RGS Guildford
King’s Macclesfield Churcher’s College Shawinigan Lake 2nd VII Ysgol Bro Dinefwr
Colston’s AKS Arnold Hymers College Bishop Gore


Group E Group F Group G Group H
Millfield B Felsted Kingswood Stowe
Welbeck RGS Newcastle Wallington CGS Royal Hospital School
RGS Worcester Worksop College Emanuel Brynteg Comprehensive
Ysgol Gyfun Bryn Tawe RGS Lancaster Royal Alexandra & Albert Richard Huish
Torquay BGS Prior Park College Birdgewater College Michaelhouse A


Group I Group J Group K Group L
Cheltenham College Pocklington Monmouth Malvern College
Merchant Taylors’ Portsmouth GS Durham KCS Wimbledon
Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr Dean Close Bede’s New Hall
King’s Bruton Gower College Esher College King’s Canterbury
Mount Kelly Lord Wandsworth College Michaelhouse B Wycliffe College


Group M Group N Group O Group P
St Paul’s Epsom College Reed’s Bromsgrove
Downside Abingdon King’s College Taunton Judd
Cokethorpe Shore Sydney CoE Gravesend GS Trinity
Ampleforth College KES Bath St David’s Cabot Learning Federation
Coleg Gwent St Olave’s GS Llandaf Manchester GS


Group Q Group R Group S Group T
Sir William Borlase’s QEGS Wakefield Seaford College Blundell’s
Pangbourne College Hill House Eton College Taunton
Wellington Ysgol Sir Thomas Picton Birkdale Bristol Grammar
KES Stratford Sir Joseph Williamson’s Duke of York’s RMS Mount St Mary’s College
Gunnersbury Gordon’s Greenhill Hereford Cathedral


Group U Group V Group W Group X
Bloxham The Perse St John’s Leatherhead King’s Worcester
Campion Shiplake College Christ’s Hospital Wirral GS
Cardinal Newman The Oratory Yarm Worth
Wrekin College Sutton Valence Bedford Modern Bishop Heber High School
St Dunstan’s College King John Clayesmore Ardingly College


Group Y Group Z Group AA Group BB
Ipswich Loughborough Eastbourne College Tiffin
The Leys Uppingham Whitchurch Maidstone GS
Queen’s College Taunton Truro Plymouth College Shrewsbury
Dauntsey’s St Peter’s Gloucester Cooper’s Coborn Liverpool College
Steyning GS QEH Harrodian Latymer Upper


Group CC Group DD Group EE Group FF
Bradford GS Ysgol Y Preseli Marlborough College Oakham
Milton Abbey St Edward’s Oxford Wisbech Grammar School Pembrokeshire College
Bablake Stonyhurst College Melksham Oak Ellesmere College
Treorchy Comprehensive Ysgol Gyfun Bro Morgannwg QES Barnet Sevenoaks
Ibstock Place Rutlish Akeley Wood QES Kirkby


Group GG Group HH
Stockport GS Queen Ethelburga’s
Eltham College Brentwood
Weston College Ashville College
Coleg Sir Gar B Windsor Boys’
Stockport GS Bassaleg
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