Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Schools Sevens Circuit Gets Underway with a treble for Bedford School

This weekend saw the first round of tournaments in this year's build up to the National Schools Sevens. On Saturday, the 42nd Annual Warwick Sevens took place with 25 schools represented across five age groups. A strong Warwick School side emerged as winners in the Under 12 competition beating Millfield Prep, while in the Under 13 age group, a large and mobile Bedford Prep side came back from a two try deficit against Portsmouth Grammar School to record their first win in the tournament.

Sedbergh were the dominant force in the Under 14 and Under 15 age groups proving to strong for Wimbledon College and Adams Grammar School respectively. The Under 16 final proved to be a splendid and hugely competitive game between Sedbergh and St Joseph's College. With the lead changing hands throughout the game, the Ipswich based side just proved to be too strong with two late tries securing the victory. Austen Bennett, St Joseph's and Northampton Saints Academy Under 15 winger impressed with his pace and deft off loading, causing problems for the Sedbergh defence throughout. Everything points to both sides featuring strongly over the forthcoming sevens season.

In the 62nd Windsor Sevens, Bedford School took the title after a five try to two victory over Eton. Earlier Bedford had beaten St Edward's Oxford in the quarter final and Stowe School in a gruelling semi final. Bedford secured their third victory of the weekend with a 29-5 win over Sherborne in the final of the St Edward's U16 tournament. 

The South Coast Sevens organised by Portsmouth Grammar School saw two AASE (Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence) colleges who appear in the final with a strong Hartpury side defeating Ivybridge Community College 31-5 to take the title. 

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