Epsom College retained their Sussex Schools 7s title at Christ’s Hospital on Sunday, claiming the Cup ahead of a very strong field.
They sealed their triumph in a final against a side that they knew plenty about from the fifteen-a-side season, Hurstpierpoint College, whom they had defeated in the Champions Trophy semi final.
Before meeting in Sunday’s final, the two sides had to work seriously hard, Epsom came through a tough Group 2 ahead of Caterham, Pangbourne College, King’s Canterbury, and Worth, while Hurstpierpoint emerged from a four team Group 3 ahead of the hosts, Christ’s Hospital, Wimbledon College, and Wisbech Grammar.
Only the top side from each group progressed to the Cup, so it was straight to the semi finals where Epsom beat Group 1 winners and perennial 7s winners, Brighton College, 17-5. Hurstpierpoint meanwhile beat Dulwich College, who already have a 7s title to their name this season by an impressive 40-12 margin after Dulwich had topped Group 4.
Come the final though Epsom just had too much, securing an impressive 31-19 victory that will have them heading into the rest of the 7s season, and Rosslyn Park in a months time, full of confidence.
Henley College won the Plate, consisting of second placed finishers in the group, the AASE side finished second to Dulwich in their pool before beating Caterham 26-21 in the Plate final after a walkover in the semi final.
Meanwhile the Shield was won by Wimbledon College. Those finishing third in their groups contested the Shield and after finishing behind Hurstpierpoint and Christ’s Hospital in Group 3, Wimbledon faced a semi final against Group 4s challengers, Brighton College’s 2nd VII. They won that impressively, 35-0, before a thrilling final against Group 1s New Hall, where Wimbledon just came out on top, 24-22.
The final piece of silverware was the Bowl, contested by sides finishing fourth in their group. Cardinal Newman, from Group 1, picked up the title here, beating Robert Clack 47-26 after a semi final walkover against Wisbech Grammar.
Ultimately the day was about that Cup run though, and both Epsom and Hurstpierpoint will take a huge amount from this. Both beat quality sides in their semi finals in the form of Brighton and Dulwich, results which should fill them with confidence ahead of later challenges.
For Epsom though it was a real day to remember, a first piece of silverware this season and a real gauntlet laid down ahead of the remainder of the school 7s season.
Epsom also won the girls title, with their side winning a round-robin competition ahead of Robert Clack, Reigate Grammar, Worthing College, and host Christ College.
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Sussex Schools 7s Results:
Champions – Epsom College
Plate Winners – Henley College
Shield Winners – Wimbledon College
Bowl Winners – Cardinal Newman
Epsom College 31-19 Hurstpierpoint College
Epsom College 17-5 Brighton College
Hurstpierpoint College 40-12 Dulwich College
Henley College 26-21 Caterham
Henley College w/o Christ’s Hospital
Caterham 19-12 Felsted
Wimbledon College 24-22 New Hall
Wimbledon College 35-0 Brighton College 2nd VII
New Hall 29-5 Pangbourne College
Cardinal Newman 47-26 Robert Clack
Cardinal Newman 27-12 King’s Canterbury
Robert Clack w/o Wisbech GS
Final Group Standings
|Pos||Group 1||Group 2||Group 3||Group 4|
|1||Brighton College||Epsom College||Hurstpierpoint College||Dulwich College|
|2||Felsted||Caterham||Christ’s Hospital||The Henley College|
|3||New Hall||Pangbourne College||Wimbledon College||Brighton College 2nd VII|
|4||Cardinal Newman||King’s Canterbury||Wisbech Grammar||Robert Clack|
|5||Reigate Grammar||Worth||Bye||Peter Symonds’ College|