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HSBC Rosslyn Park National School 7s: Outstanding Cranleigh claim maiden Rosslyn Park title

18th March 2016
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Cranleigh sealed their first ever HSBC Rosslyn Park National School 7s title as they beat Harrow in a thrilling final 27-19.

 

It was a deserving victory for Cranleigh, who had gone through the entire first day without conceding, and then made a strong statement in their opening Quarter Final pool game, beating the much fancied Kirkham Grammar School, before seeing off last year’s Champions, Wellington College, 22-15 in their second.

 

That meant that a win over a Queen Ethelburga’s outfit, who had been one of the real stars of the tournament, both in terms of style of play and in their results, would see them into the semi finals. They did so in style, winning 31-10.

 

On the other side of the draw Harrow were grouped with Millfield, Hartpury College, and Sherborne in their Quarter Final, after an eliminator win over Coleg Sir Gar.

 

Harrow started off well, beating Millfield 14-10, and Sherborne before a controversial game against 31-5, before a controversial final game against Hartpury College, where Hartpury lead only to then see a red card reduce them to six men. Harrow fought back and won it late on through a try that was well created, but possibly just with a foot nearing the touchline.

 

It mattered not though, like Cranleigh they were undoubtedly one of the very best sides in the tournament and had more than earned their spot in the semi finals.

 

Alongisde those two were the two group runners up, Harrow faced Kirkham Grammar, whose win over Wellington in their final game saw them sneak through, while Cranleigh faced Millfield, who had beaten Hartpury and Sherborne.

 

Craneligh made short work of the 2014 Champions though, putting in argubably their best performance of the tournament to crush them 30-0, scoring an impressive four tries before the half time break.

 

Harrow on the other side were also in fine form, with the pace of Callum Sirker a real thorn in the side. They saw off Kirkham Grammar 26-14 to reach their first final too.

 

Come the final, Harrow started the brighter, and actually opened the scoring in what was a hugely entertaining game of rugby. As the game went on the scores piled up for either side, but once Cranleigh had turned the 7-0 deficit into a 12-7 lead they never genuinely looked like giving that lead up as they kept Harrow just far away enough to keep them requiring two scores.

 

Two scores was the margin in the end too, a brilliant 27-19 win for Cranleigh, who could scarcely have deserved it more. They had got to the final the hard way, and are only recently in the Cup rather than the Vase, beating the likes of Millfield, Wellington, and Kirkham Grammar, three schools who have dominated the scene in the last few years. A quite brilliant achievement.

 

Stowe picked up the Plate, they won the Vase last year but moved across this year and proved their value, beating a strong Barnard Castle side, how good it was to see them back at the business end by the way, 24-12 in the final after topping a tough semi final group that included St Joseph’s College, John Fisher, finalists 2 years running, and Coleg Sir Gar.

 

Over in the two girls competitions, Hartpury College maintained their grip on the Girls AASE tournament, beating Bishop Burton 28-0 in the final, while over in the main Girls competition Dyffryn Aman won, beating Christ’s Hospital 29-7 in the final after a 26-12 win over Peter Symonds’ in the semi final.

 

The final day of the 2016 tournament also saw the conclusion of the inaugural U14 tournament, which a brilliant Ivybridge Community College side emerged victorious from.

 

They beat Warwick 26-14 in the final, a side who had actually topped their Quarter final group, that included Ivybridge, despite only qualifying yesterday as a best runner up.

 

Ivybridge were good value for the title though, they were physically imposing and played with real pace, their 14-0 win in the semi final over Wellington College really was a fine example of seven-a-side rugby.

 

The story of the day though was, without doubt Cranleigh, winning the flagship HSBC Rosslyn Park National School 7s title for their first time in their illustrious history. Their side had clearly put a huge amount of time and effort into their campaign, as their emotional celebrations demonstrated.

 

A word too though to Harrow, who were quite simply outstanding, as they have been all season. Many wondered how they would fare after picking up a few titles whilst other schools had international absentees, but they were answered firmly – this is a very good Harrow side who deserve every last bit of praise.

 

The last word must be Cranleigh’s though, their blend of good 7s mixed with real intensity and physicality was simply too good for just about anyone to handle. Harrow came as close as anyone, but ultimately this outstanding Cranleigh side were just too good, as they were all tournament.

 

You can see photos from the final day of play at Rosslyn Park on our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/FifteenRugby

 

2016 HSBC Rosslyn Park National School 7s U18 Cup Winners – Cranleigh

 

Final

Cranleigh 27-19 Harrow

 

Semi Finals

Cranleigh 30-0 Millfield

Kirkham GS 14-26 Harrow

 

U18 Cup Quarter Final Groups – Final Standings
Pos Group 1 Group 2
1 Cranleigh Harrow
2 Kirkham Grammar School Millfield
3 Wellington College Hartpury College
4 Queen Ethelburga’s Sherborne

 

Plate Winners – Stowe

 

Final

Barnard Castle 12-24 Stowe

 

U18 Plate Semi Final Groups – Final Standings
Pos Group 1 Group 2
1 Barnard Castle Stowe
2 Sedbergh St Joseph’s College
3 Woodhouse Grove John Fisher
4 Merchiston Castle Coleg Sir Gar

 

Elimination Round

Wellington College 31-5 Woodhouse Grove

Sedbergh 7-29 Queen Ethelburga’s College

Cranleigh 38-0 Merchiston Castle

Kirkham Grammar School 35-17 Barnard Castle

Millfield 17-12 Stowe

Coleg Sir Gar 7-29 Harrow

Hartpury College 42-14 John Fisher

St Joseph’s College 14-42 Sherborne

 

2016 HSBC Rosslyn Park National School 7s U14 Cup Winners – Ivybridge Community College

 

Final

Ivybridge 27-19 Warwick

 

Semi Finals

Wellington College 0-14 Ivybridge Community College

Whitgift 19-24 Warwick (AET)

 

 

U14 Cup Quarter Final Groups – Final Standings
Pos Group 1 Group 2
1 Wellington College Warwick
2 Whitgift Ivybridge
3 Dean Close Crypt
4 Berkhamsted St Paul’s

 

Plate Winners – Cwm Rhymni

 

Final

Cwm Rhymni 26-14 City of London Freemen;s

 

U14 Plate Semi Final Groups – Final Standings
Pos Group 1 Group 2
1 Cwm Rhymni City of London Freemen’s
2 Sherborne Millfield
3 Hampton Epsom College
4 Bishop Vesey’s Reigate GS

 

Elimination Round

Dean Close 20-14 Sherborne

Bishop Vesey’s GS 7-31 Wellington College

Whitgift 27-5 Cwm Rhymni

Hampton 12-17 Berkhamsted

Millfield 7-29 Ivybridge

St Paul’s 41-0 Reigate GS

Crypt 19-14 Epsom College

Warwick 33-5 City of London Freemen’s

 

2016 HSBC Rosslyn Park National School 7s Girls Winners – Dyffryn Aman

 

Final

Dyffryn Aman 29-7 Christ’s Hospital

 

Semi Finals

Dyffryn Aman 26-12 Peter Symonds’

Simon Langton 0-32 Christ’s Hospital

 

Girls Groups – Final Standings
Pos Group A Group B Group C Group D
1 Dyffryn Aman Peter Symonds’ Simon Langton Christ’s Hospital
2 Bro Myrddin Llandovery College Bryn Tawe Perins
3 Dewi Sant Blessed Hugh Farringdon Gower College Reigate GS
4 St John’s Leatherhead Ashbury College Pangbourne College Epsom College
5 SHertfordshire & Essex Haileybury College Maidstone GS Y Strade

 

2016 HSBC Rosslyn Park National School 7s Girls AASE Winners – Hartpury College

 

Final

Bishop Burton 0-28 Hartpury College

 

Semi Finals

Bishop Burton 33-19 Filton College

Hartpury College 36-7 Swedish School

 

Girls AASE Groups – Final Standings
Pos Group A Group B
1 Bishop Burton Hartpury College
2 Swedish School SGS Filton College
3 Worthing College Brockenhurst College
4 Nearth Port Talbot Coleg Sir Gar