The Edwin Doran Surrey Schools Senior 7s took most of the headlines on a busy day of School 7s on Wednesday, but there was some fantastic rugby on show elsewhere too.
Staying in the south east a number of schools headed to Gravesend Grammar School for the Kent 7s, with the likes of Skinners’, Maidstone Grammar, and Schools Vase finalists Sutton Valence among those in attendance.
The pick of the bunch though were Tonbridge and Eltham College who met in the final. Both sides had been fantastic throughout the day, but it was a very strong Tonbridge side that came out on top and laid down a marker that will have plenty taking notice heading into the Rosslyn Park HSBC National School 7s in just over a week’s time.
One of the biggest tournaments of the day was the Ampleforth 7s, which saw some of the biggest names in schools rugby drawn together, Sedbergh, Bradford Grammar, Durham, QEGS Wakefield, and Grammar School at Leeds among them.
There was an U15s tournament, too, which saw St Peter’s York lift the Cup, while in the U15 Plate Woodhouse Grove claimed the silverware, a feat that they repeated in the U18 Plate.
The U18 Cup was the big story of the day though, with 2018 St Joseph’s Festival champions RGS Newcastle up against last week’s North of England School 7s champions, Barnard Castle. It was a stunning final, the two could barely be separated and ended up going into extra time, where a dramatic score in the dying seconds of the game saw RGS Newcastle claim the title and to the sense that a northern wave is heading fast towards the fields of South West London for the Rosslyn Park HSBC National School 7s, with RGS, Barnard Castle, Sedbergh, and Kirkham Grammar all looking formidable.
Sticking in the Northern region of the country, the Cheshire 7s were hosted at St Ambrose College on Wednesday afternoon, featuring the likes of King’s Macclesfield, Wilsmlow High School, and Birkenhead, who had hosted their own huge 7s tournament last week.
Wirral Grammar had won that tournament and they carried on their form into the Cheshire 7s, reaching the final against Lymm High School. Ultimately though it was Lymm that came away with the silverware in this game as they hit the closest to their peak in the final to win 17-12, a fantastic performance to end an excellent day.
Looking ahead there are some massive tournaments this weekend, the likes of Sedbergh Lancaster RGS, Kirkham Grammar, Uppingham, and St Joseph’s College head to Denstone College on Sunday, while Mount St Mary’s host a big one too, featuring the likes of St Peter’s York, Woodhouse Grove, and in form Barnard Castle. There are other big tournaments going on too, the West of England 7s and Merchiston Castle 7s both take place on Sunday also. Prior to all that though is the Campion 7s on Saturday, where the likes of Dulwich College, Felsted, Caterham, and Hampton will be in action.