Bedford were crowned Cup Champions of the inaugural Wisbech Grammar School U18s Floodlit 7s, which provided a fantastic final warm-up before the Rosslyn Park HSBC National Schools 7s next week.
The Tournament opened with the hosts, facing Uppingham, the U16s Floodlit Cup Winners the week previously at Wisbech Grammar School. A confident display from the hosts saw them run out 24-0 winners, scoring 4 tries in the process.
Next up was Bedford vs Culford, who returned from Sunday’s tournament; in a hard fought game Bedford came out 7-0 winners. The third game on saw the 5th side take to the field, Berkhamsted, who faced Uppingham in their 2nd game, Berkhamsted winning 21-0.
Wisbech Grammar then faced Culford in an almost identical re-match to Sunday where they won 34-5. At the half way point Bedford and Berkhamsted faced each other in a high paced and physical encounter – a very tight game was won 12-7 by Bedford, setting up two big games for the hosts in the latter stages of the competition.
First up they faced Bedford, and despite a good start two quick tries put them 14-0 down at half time. A try each way was followed by a final interception score for Bedford who ran out 28-7 winners.
Berkhamsted then beat Culford 19-7 before Bedford beat Uppingham 28-5 to secure the cup – leaving Wisbech Grammar School and Berkhamsted to play for the runner’s up spot. With seven tries shared back and forth it was the hosts who eventually won a very tight game 28-19.
1st (Cup Winners) – Bedford (18 points, (4 wins, 2 try BPs))
2nd (Runners-up) – Wisbech Grammar School (15 points, (3 wins, 3 try BPs))
3rd – Berkhamsted (9 points, (2 wins and 1 try BP))
4th – Uppingham (4 points, (1 win))
5th – Culford (1 point, (1 try BP))