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Rosslyn Park 7s

Rosslyn Park 7s

3rd April, 2019

RugbySixth FormSport

Our Senior 7’s Team finishes joint third out of an impressive 180 schools

We travelled South with a strong squad to play in the Vase Tournament.  On day one, we finished top of the group and then defeated Royal Hospital School in our playoff match, to secure a place in the Cup Tournament.

Day 1 Results – 5 out of 5

Brynteg School 52-7

Truro School 36-7

Lord Wandsworth School 52-12

Shiplake College 34-19

Royal Hospital School 35-12 (Playoff Game)

On Day 2, we were faced with a tough run of Quarter Final group games.  First up, we put Cheltenham College to the sword and played some of our best 7s, with real speed and width.  We then faced a very well-drilled Tonbridge, in which our defence stood up and we emerged victorious through some excellent periods of possession.  This meant we progressed into the Semi-Finals group, which was billed as the Group of Death.  First up was the tournament favourites, Epsom College.  We started the game well going 12-0 up.  We then defended for our lives and managed to get to half-time intact. After the break, our defence and consistent pressure lead to another try, which took us to 19-0.  Epsom scored two late tries. The game against Rugby School was to prove a real physical challenge and extremely difficult to break down.  The game was end to end, and we narrowly lost 15-12 with Rugby making a try-saving tackle on the line to deny us a last gasp victory. So close, yet so far.

Day 2 Results

Cheltenham College 33-5

Tonbridge 19-7

Epsom College 19-14

Rugby School 12-15 (Loss)

Director of Rugby, Roddy Deans, comments: “We can return to Scotland with a great deal of respect. Our boys played fantastic 7’s with speed, width and intelligence.  We were ruthless in defence and clinical in attack.  I am immensely proud of what this group of boys have achieved this season. To finish joint third out of 180 teams is great testament to the hard work this group has put in over their school journey.  It has been a real joy to watch this team play, and we will all certainly miss their positive attitude and ambition to play the game.”

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