The U16 rugby sevens team has beaten six other schools at the Wellington Rugby Sevens Tournament. The first tournament in the term and with a number of sessions under their belt, the team travelled to Somerset with high expectations. The players didn’t disappoint and started fantastically well running in a number of tries to beat Wellington 64-0.
The group, which consisted of Wellington, Sherborne, Beecham Cliff and Bryanston, was a tough opening round and the next two games proved to be more of a challenge, certainly testing College defensively. Some great work by Cameron Terry (5th, NH) and Charlie Boyce (5th, H) saved a few tries but the finishing of Angus Thomson (4th, NH) and Paddy Christopher (5th, H) made the difference and the team entered the last round of the pool against Sherborne. Having lost to them in the XVs game it was going to be a tough encounter. Tom Stanton (5th, H) and Olly Hill (5th, L) pulled the strings in attack and some barnstorming runs from Max Taylor-Baggs (5th, BH) meant that they progressed into the semi-finals against Blundells.
Notoriously a strong sevens school, Blundells proved to be no pushover in the semi-final. At this stage, fitness levels really mattered and Cheltenham had the better, again with Tom Stanton (5th, H) as the provider and Angus Thomson (4th, NH) the finisher. The end score was 26-17.
With tired legs the team progressed into the final against Monmouth who had also been convincing throughout the day. Great defence by Paddy Christopher (5th, H) and Cameron Terry (5th, NH) early on kept Cheltenham in the game and when Angus Thomson (4th, NH) collected an intercept the momentum swung in College's favour. With the structure in both attack and defence, gained from the hard work the boys have put in during training, and another score from Angus Thomson (4th, NH), College’s 21-10 victory meant that we finished off a fantastic day with well-deserved winners medals.
This was a great start for the U16s who will be building towards the West of England Sevens and Rosslyn Park.