RPNS7s: Superb Harrow claim U14 title at Rosslyn Park HSBC National School 7s

Harrow claimed the U14 title at the Rosslyn Park HSBC National School 7s after a gruelling two days of rugby.


They beat Jumeirah English Speaking School, from Dubai, 35-14 in the final, ending a wonderful run from the Dubai based school but crowning a stunning two days of rugby from Harrow.


After topping the group on Day One, Harrow then beat Radley College 33-0 in their elimination round game at the end of the opening day. The winners of those elimination round games would head to the Cup last 16 pools on Day 2, the losers to the Plate last 16 pools.


Little did we all know it at the time, but the Harrow v Radley College elimination round game was a vital game for the tournament. Both would go on to win their respective competitions, Harrow winning the Cup and Radley College beating Manchester Grammar School 31-19 to secure the Plate, playing some truly sensational rugby along the way.


Back to the Cup though, where Harrow faced a pool containing Howard of Effingham and Worth, and came through unscathed. Jumeirah meanwhile had a pool that almost gave new meaning to the word difficult, containing both Whitgift and Epsom College, two sides being touted as real title challengers.


It lived up to the billing, first Whitgift beat Jumeirah, then Epsom beat Whitgift, meaning that and Epsom win over Jumeirah would send them through, while a Jumeriah win would send the whole group down to points difference. What nobody could have counted on though was one of the most astonishing performances of the day as Jumeirah blitzed Epsom to go flying into the quarter finals.


There they were tested heavily again, facing a St Peter’s York side looking to back up their fantastic Colts victory the day before. Another massive game ensued, with the Dubai side winning 28-24.


Harrow meanwhile were relentless, taking on Stockport Grammar, who had qualified as the best runner up from the last 16 pools, and putting in a massive performance for a 40-7 victory.


Into the semi finals then and Harrow were starting to look ominous, they took on New Hall, who had been turning plenty of heads, not least in their 35-12 defeat of Stowe in the quarter finals. Harrow just kept on coming through, the speed of their play just too much to handle and taking them to a 35-17 victory and a place in the final.

Jumeirah meanwhile had beaten surprise package Rodillian Academy 31-7 in their semi final to make a bit of Rosslyn Park history, becoming, to our knowledge at least, the first overseas side to make a Rosslyn Park National School 7s final.


They wanted a bit more history though, they wanted to win this U14 Cup but they came up against a Harrow side that was just playing some sensational rugby. Relentless as soon as they got a sniff of victory, Harrow charged for the title in a wonderful final performance.


For Jumeirah it will have hurt, but they go home knowing that they have sealed a place in Rosslyn Park history that nobody can take away from them.


Harrow though take home the Cup and deservedly so after two outstanding days of 7s. With the Colts in two years time and the U18 Cup after that, you can be sure to see this group of young men challenging for honours again at this incredible tournament.


U14 Plate


Radley College meanwhile won the Plate, playing some lovely rugby along the way. After their elimination round defeat to Harrow a Plate group with RGS High Wycombe and Bournemouth Collegiate awaited.


They came through that unscathed before a stunning 38-0 victory in the quarter final against a Wimbledon College side that had impressed many on the opening day.


They repeated the trick in the semi finals, this time against a side even more fancied, Reigate Grammar, once again 38-0. The momentum that Radley were building was irresistible.


It sent them into a final against a Manchester Grammar side also playing some sensational rugby, finishing ahead of Wimbledon College an Dulwich College took some doing in the Last 16 pools, while a 36-21 victory over George Watson’s College in the quarter finals was the game of the round.


Then came their semi final against a side that will not take many headlines but should, Finborough. This small East Anglian side played some glorious rugby throughout, punching well above their weight with an exceptionally talented group of players. Ultimately though, the semi final was too much, with Manchester Grammar running out 31-24 victors.


In the final Radley just had too much, such was the momentum that they had built through these knockout rounds. Manchester Grammar tested them more than anyone and should take huge credit for their performances across the two days.


Radley were magnificent though, not just in that 31-19 performance in the final but across the two days, and how fitting that their only defeat of the tournament came in that elimination round to the eventual Cup champions, Harrow, who were quite simply the class of the age-group. Exactly how a Cup and Plate format should work.


U14 Cup Final:


Harrow 35-14 Jumeirah English Speaking School (Jess Ranches)


U14 Plate Final:


Radley College 31-19 Manchester Grammar


U14 Cup Semi Finals:

Jumeirah 31-7 Rodillian Academy

New Hall 17-35 Harrow


U14 Plate Semi Finals:


Reigate GS 0-38 Radley College

Manchester GS 31-24 Finborough


U14 Cup Quarter Finals:


Harrow 40-7 Stockport Grammar

Jumeirah 28-24 St Peter’s York

Rodillian 21-5 Warwick

Stowe 12-35 New Hall


U14 Plate Quarter Finals:


Finborough 31-19 RGS Newcastle

George Watson’s College 21-36 Manchester Grammar

Kingsbridge 5-33 Reigate Grammar

Radley College 38-0 Wimbledon College


U14 Cup Last 16 Pools:


Last 16 A Last 16 B Last 16 C Last 16 D
Jumeirah St Peter’s York Rodillian Warwick
Whitgift Trinity Kirkham GS Solihull
Epsom College Ivybridge College Berkhamsted Hurstpierpoint


Last 16 E Last 16 F Last 16 G
Stowe New Hall Harrow
Stockport GS Barnard Castle Howard of Effingham
Whitchurch HS King’s Canterbury Worth


U14 Plate Last 16 Pools:


Last 16 A Last 16 B Last 16 C Last 16 D
George Watson’s Manchester GS Finborough RGS Newcastle
Malvern College Wimbledon Coll Rugby St Benedict’s
Oakham Dulwich College Denstone College Richard Challoner


Last 16 E Last 16 F Last 16 G
Kingsbridge Reigate GS Radley College
Mill Hill Simon Langton RGS High Wycombe
Bradford GS Saint Cecilia’s Bournemouth Coll


U14 Elimination Round:


Whitgift 35-14 Oakham

Malvern College 15-26 Jess Ranches

George Watson’s College 17-26 Epsom College

Manchester Grammar 22-31 St Peter’s York

Ivybridge Community College 14-10 Dulwich College

Trinity 28-14 Wimbledon College

Denstone College 12-26 Kirkham Grammar

Rugby 21-26 Berkhamsted

Finborough 5-54 Rodillian Academy

RGS Newcastle 12-26 Hurstpierpoint College

Warwick 36-5 St Benedict’s

Richard Challoner 14-19 Solihull

Stowe 31-21 Kingsbridge College

Bradford Grammar 0-26 Stockport Grammar

Whitchurch High 31-5 Mill Hill

Barnard Castle 24-12 Reigate Grammar

King’s Canterbury 40-14 Simon Langton

New Hall 27-7 Saint Cecilia’s

Howard of Effingham 40-10 RGS High Wycombe

Harrow 33-0 Radley College

Worth 39-0 Bournemouth Collegiate


U14 Cup Groups – Final Standings:


Pos Group A Group B Group C Group D Group E
1 Whitgift Oakham Malvern College Jess Ranches George Watson’s
2 Ysgol Bro Myrddin Caterham Marlborough College Mill Hill Eton College
3 Uppingham The Leys Colston’s Dollar Academy Ipswich
4 Bristol Grammar Llandovery College Shrewsbury Brynteg Burford


Pos Group F Group G Group H Group I Group J
1 Epsom College Manchester Grammar St Peter’s, York Ivybridge Community Dulwich College
2 Cheltenham College Eastbourne College St Paul’s Clifton College Trent College
3 RGS Worcester Bramhall High Blundell’s St Joseph’s College Shiplake College
4 St Edward’s, Oxford KES Birmingham Torquay Grammar Cardiff High Campion


Pos Group K Group L Group M Group N Group O
1 Trinity Wimbledon College Denstone College Kirkham Grammar Rugby
2 Hymers College Sherborne Worth Tonbridge Brighton College
3 QEH KES Bath Haverford-west Prior Park College Bedford Modern
4 Birkdale QES Barnet Stanwell School Bedford Red House


Pos Group P Group Q Group R Group S Group T
1 Berkhamsted Finborough Rodillian Academy RGS Newcastle Hurstpp College
2 Langley Emanuel Mount St Mary’s Christ’s Hopsital RGS Guildford
3 Devonport High Cedars Gravesend Grammar John Fisher King’s Worcester
4 Sutton Valence Mary Immaculate UCS St Cyres Yarm


Pos Group U Group V Group W Group X Group Y
1 Warwick St Benedict’s Richard Challoner Solihull Stowe
2 Framlingham College Ryde Taunton Gordon’s Bromsgrove
3 Langley Park London Oratory Pocklington Norwich QEGS Wakefield
4 Llandaff Cathedral Caerleon Comp Hampshire Collegiate Cardinal Newman Cwm Rhymni


Pos Group Z Group AA Group BB Group CC Group DD
1 Kingsbridge College Bradford Grammar Stockport Grammar Whitchurch High Mill Hill
2 Newbridge Bournemouth Collegiate Brentwood Wellingboro Ysgol Gyfun Plasmawr
3 Hanley Castle Dunottar St George’s College Sevenoaks Wrekin College
4 Birkenhead Bishop’s Stortford Leicester Grammar Rick’sworth Sidcot


Pos Group EE Group FF Group GG Group HH Group II
1 Barnard Castle Reigate Grammar King’s Canterbury Simon Langton New Hall
2 Wellington College Harrodian Stamford Kingsdale Ysgol Gyfun Bryn Tawe
3 Chislehurst & Sidcup Greenhill The Crypt Brunts Academy Wallington County GS
4 Fulham Boys Giggleswick St John’s College Mount Kelly Woodhouse Grove


Pos Group JJ Group KK Group LL Group MM Group NN
1 Saint Cecilia’s Howard of Effingham RGS High Wycombe Harrow Radley College
2 King’s Taunton St John’s, Leatherhead Kent College St Cenydd Millfield
3 Ysgol Gyfun Glantaf Ysgol Gyfun Bro Eder St Anselm’s College Oundle Portsmouth Grammar
4 Plymouth College Akeley Wood Seaford College St Barts Pontarddulais Comp
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