St Peter’s York secured the Rosslyn Park HSBC National Schools 7s Colts title with a thrilling 15-12 victory over Millfield in the final.
It was their first ever title at Rosslyn Park, having reached the Vase final at U18 level, a brilliant achievement made all the more special for them through beating Rosslyn Park’s most successful side in the final, Millfield.
Indeed St Peter’s had almost been checking off legendary sides of this tournament on their way through, heading up Group G yesterday before beating Durham in yesterday’s last 32.
On Thursday they kicked off their day with a 26-21 victory over a very good Epsom College side that had attracted plenty of attention throughout the Colts tournament thanks to their superb touchline support, but had then attracted even more due to their play.
Up next for St Peter’s were the reigning champions, Sedbergh, and another thrilling game that ended again in a 26-21 victory for the York school. It was a superb performance against a side that had been playing some utterly brilliant rugby over the two days.
Then came a semi final against the surprise package of this Colts tournament, Uffculme. Uffculme had been superb throughout, including a brilliant 40-14 victory over Langley in the quarter finals. They came unstuck against St Peter’s though, the champion side showing their class to score some delightful tries for a 31-5 victory.
That set up the final against Millfield, who had to get there the hard way, facing some absolute stars of this Colts competition. On Wednesday they had come through Group Y before an impressive 29-10 victory over Dean Close in the last 32.
Thursday brought yet more top Colts sides against them, first a 31-5 victory over Barnard Castle before a meeting with Ysgol Gyfun Glantaf, who had sailed under the radar yet their results at U14 and U13 level here in the past should have forewarned people.
Millfield were unbowed though, coming through a really tough game to win 14-10 setting up a semi final against Hurstpierpoint College. Hurstpierpoint had been brilliant and were again in the semi final, only some stellar defence at the end from Millfield stopped the south coast side form making it through, again Millfield scoring some great tries and showing that stoic defence for a 19-14 victory.
So to the final, and what a final it was, St Peter’s took a 5-0 lead within seconds of kick off but Millfield levelled and then converted for the lead midway through the half. Already the tension was bubbling.
St Peter’s only added to it when they scored right on the stroke of half time for a 10-7 lead, but already it was clear that this was a Colts final of the highest quality, mistakes were at an absolute premium.
St Peter’s extended their advantage to 15-7 early in the second half, but again Millfield struck back, this game was on a knife edge. At 15-12 with a couple of minutes on the clock, it was anyone’s game still.
Millfield had the ball, and among the St Peter’s support there was almost a sense of dread as the patience and ball skill shown by Millfield became mesmerising. However equally patient was this outstanding St Peter’s York defence. No matter how often Millfield pushed and probed, St Peter’s were resolute, and when the opportunity to make the tackle came they made it and then were ferocious on the deck.
It worked a treat, eventually they forced the turnover and all that was left was to kick the ball out. It was heartbreaking for Millfield, over two days they had worked so hard and had been outstanding in the final, as they had been all tournament.
Ultimately though this special group of St Peter’s York players just had a little too much. In both attack and defence they were spectacular and in the final their clinical edge in when they scored and how they defended proved the difference.
It marks a proud day for St Peter’s, their first Rosslyn Park title and won in style across the two days. All across both Wednesday and Thursday conversations about this St Peter’s York team could be heard. When even the neutrals are talking about you, you know you are doing something special.
In a special competition too, the Colts competition was superb right across both days, the rugby was absolutely outstanding and played in blazing sunshine it added up to a lot of very happy faces. No wonder, what a wonderful tournament it has been, and always is.
St Peter’s York 15-12 Millfield
St Peter’s York 31-5 Uffculme
Hurstpierpoint College 14-19 Millfield
Sedbergh 21-26 St Peter’s York
Uffculme 40-14 Langley
Hurstpierpoint College 24-21 Bromsgrove
Millfield 14-10 Ysgol Gyfun Glantaf
Colts Last 16 Fixtures
Sedbergh 31-5 Colston’s
Epsom College 21-26 St Peter’s, York
Dulwich College 22-24 Uffculme
Bedford 7-12 Langley
Hurspierpoint College 32-14 King’s Worcester
Warwick 7-17 Bromsgrove
Millfield 31-5 Barnard Castle
Ysgol Gyfun Glantaf 28-5 Clifton College
Colts Last 32 Results:
Sedbergh 26-5 Llandovery College
Colston’s 19-10 Hampton
Epsom College 19-12 Cheltenham College
St Peter’s, York 24-21 Durham
Merchant Taylors’ 7-26 Dulwich College
Uffculme 24-21 Lord Wandsworth College
Blundell’s 28-31 Bedford
Langley 28-21 Berkhamsted
Wellington College 14-26 Hurstpierpoint College
Langley Park 7-12 King’s Worcester
Warwick 28-10 Hinchley Wood
Bromsgrove 45-7 King’s Macclesfield
Millfield 29-10 Dean Close
Barnard Castle 29-5 Taunton School
Whitgift 7-29 Ysgol Gyfun Glantaf
Woodhouse Grove 17-26 Clifton College
Colts Groups – Final Standings:
|Pos||Group A||Group B||Group C||Group D|
|2||Uppingham||Marlborough College||Waterloo Schools||Eton College|
|3||Bristol Grammar School||Oakham||Reed’s||The Oratory|
|4||Bryanston School||Caterham||Ipswich||Malvern College|
|5||Eggar’s||Shrewsbury||Trinity||St Edward’s, Oxford|
|Pos||Group E||Group F||Group G||Group H|
|1||Epsom College||Cheltenham College||St Peter’s York||Merchant Taylors’|
|2||RGS Worcester||Bishop Wordsworth’s||Truro||Sherborne|
|3||Wycliffe College||Eastbourne College||Akeley Wood||St Paul’s|
|4||Orleans Park||Welland Park Academy||Torquay Grammar||Shiplake College|
|5||Angels International||Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr||KES Birmingham||Cardiff High School|
|Pos||Group I||Group J||Group K||Group L|
|1||Dulwich College||Uffculme||Lord Wandsworth||Blundell’s|
|2||St Joseph’s College||QEH||Royal Hospital School||Wimbledon College|
|3||Ivybridge College||Brynteg||QES, Barnet||Brighton College|
|4||Hymers College||Birkdale||King Edward’s, Bath||Abingdon|
|5||Stanwell||Trent College||Campion School, Hornchurch||Worth|
|Pos||Group M||Group N||Group O||Group P|
|2||Whitmore High School||Tonbridge||Canford||John Fisher|
|3||Denstone College||Kingsmead||Emanuel||Sutton Valence|
|4||Rugby||Portsmouth Grammar||Devonport High||Mount St Mary’s College|
|5||Kirkham Grammar||Tiffin||Cowbridge Comprehensive||Rydal Penrhos|
|Pos||Group Q||Group R||Group S||Group T|
|1||Hurstierpoint College||Langley Park||King’s Worcester||Warwick|
|2||Woodlands||RGS Guildford||The Perse||Duke of York’s RMS|
|3||RGS Newcastle||Cwmtawe||Caerleon Comprehensive||London Oratory|
|4||Harrow||Queen Ethelburga’s||Cathedral School, Llandaff||St Benedict’s|
|5||UCS||Yarm||Coopers’ Coborn School||Pangbourne College|
|Pos||Group U||Group V||Group W||Group X|
|1||Hinchley Wood||Bromsgrove||King’s Macclesfield||Durham|
|2||Loughborough Grammar||Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni||Bradford Grammar||KCS Wimbledon|
|3||Gordon’s||Pocklington School||Ysgol Y Preseli||Bishop’s Stortford HS|
|4||Perins||Brynmawr School||QEHS||Stockport Grammar|
|5||St Columba’s College||Worksop College||Wisbech Grammar||Brentwood|
|Pos||Group Y||Group Z||Group AA||Group BB|
|1||Millfield||Dean Close||Barnard Castle School||Taunton|
|2||Whitchurch High School||Leicester Grammar||The Judd||Aberdare|
|3||St George’s College||Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi||Clyst Vale College||King’s Canterbury|
|4||Sevenoaks||Ibstock Place||Mill Hill||Bristol Free Schools|
|Pos||Group CC||Group DD||Group EE||Group FF|
|1||Whitgift||Ysgol Gyfun Glantaf||Woodhouse Grove||Clifton College|
|2||Beechen Cliff School||Eltham College||Stowe||St John’s Leatherhead|
|3||Ellesmere College||RGS High Wycombe||King’s College, Taunton||Halliford|
|4||Simon Langton Grammar||Ysgol Gyfun Bryn Tawe||Plymouth College||Monmouth|
|5||Weston College||Woodbridge School||Ysgol Gyfun Bro Edern||Oundle|