Rugby Sevens Success
On Wednesday 27 February, the St John’s U18 Sevens Rugby team travelled to Hampton School to compete in the Founders Day Invitational Sevens. Placed in a strong pool with Hurstpeirpoint, Cranleigh, St Paul’s and Campion, the boys knew they would face a day of exciting and competitive rugby.
This was the team’s first tournament of the 2019 season and is a valuable opportunity to develop and prepare for the Rosslyn Park National Sevens, which is just around the corner. After an initially slow start against Cranleigh, the quality of play improved against Hurst and, by the last two games, the boys were playing some very good sevens. The final game, against Campion, needed us to win by 20 points to take second in the pool and advance to the final of the plate competition.
The outcome was an impressive 30-5 win and a plate final against RGS High Wycombe. The St John’s players kept up the momentum and out-scored their opponents with four tries to nil in the first half. After a brief fightback from RGS, the St John’s boys held on to win their first silverware of the year, with a final score of 31-19.
Director of Rugby, Mr Newby commented “The progression from our first game to the last was pleasing. Many harsh lessons were learnt in the early games and the input from all boys to find answers was great. Keeping the ball on attack was a key learning opportunity, and finding positions to defend with pressure was another. To come away with silverware is a good reward for the boys and they will take that confidence forward towards Rosslyn Park. Our thanks go to Hampton School for putting on such a fantastic tournament.”
All players performed well throughout the day and it was a positive start to the 2019 U18 sevens season.