Tuesday, 29 March 2011

National Schools Sevens - Wins for Bromsgrove and London Oratory

The first titles of this year's National Schools Sevens went to Bromsgrove in the Prep Schools Competition and London Oratory in the Junior Competition this afternoon.

Bromsgrove, the pre-tournament favourites swept in convincing fashion to the final with resounding victories over St Olaves 46-5 and Shrewsbury House in the semi final 31-7 before securing a 27-0 victory over a resilient Bedford Prep School side. Both Bromsgrove and Bedford were unbeaten in the fifteen a-side game and although the latter had been succesful at the Warwick tournament, they were always seen as underdogs with two key players being unavailable as a result of the competition's weight restrictions.

The final stages of the Junior Competition proved to be very competitive with the London Oratory securing a 19-0 victory over Whitgift. In the semi final London Oratory had narrowly beaten John Fisher 28-24 while Whitgift had squeezed past Cowbridge from Cardiff 26-21.

Today also saw the group stage and play off rounds of the Festival Competition for schools who just play one term rugby. All the main contenders navigated their way through the early stages with some intriguing last sixteen matches tomorrow including the Daily Mail quarter finalist, Plymouth College against the impressive Wellington College. While Bedford take on Epsom with Bryanston facing Cheltenham College.

Tomorrow sees the start of the Colts competition with 156 schools represented.

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