King's Worcester

29 March

King’s compete at Rosslyn Park HSBC National Schools Tournament

King’s Worcester Rugby have had a fantastic week of sevens at The Rosslyn Park National Schools Tournament.

Rosslyn Park HSBC National Schools Sevens is the world’s largest schools Rugby tournament with over 7,000 competitors, from U13 to U18 competing in over 1,100 matches throughout the week. This tournament is attended upon invitation by the top schools across the country.

This year was the best performance King’s Worcester has had at Rosslyn Park, showing the continued strength of our Rugby program.

Five of the King’s Worcester games were live-streamed via NextGen XV and it was great to see the support across the school with pupils at the Senior School avidly watching the games during their lunch and break times.

The U13s started off the King’s campaign on Monday playing some very skillful rugby against strong opposition. A convincing win against Monmouth and great defensive consistency throughout were the highlights of their tournament.

The 1st VII were next to compete at Rosslyn Park, who were coming off the back of their previous successes at The North of England Sevens and the Mark Roberts Shield, winning silverware in both competitions.

Seeing themselves in a tough group, the 1st VII fought exceptionally well finding the control needed at the right times. Qualifying through to the second day, the boys had two good wins, seeing them progress to the quarter-finals against St Peter’s School York. Despite leading throughout the game, a last-minute try from the opposition left it at a draw at the final whistle, bringing on five minutes of extra time and a golden try. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be for King’s, but this should not take away from what has been a fantastic season for the 1st VII.

As a team, they have shown huge determination and teamwork in every tournament and with a young squad and some talented players in the U16s, it bodes well for next season.

The U16s played on Wednesday, although being placed in a tough group they had an enjoyable, if at times frustrating tournament. King’s played three highly competitive games which could have gone either way. In the first, King’s showed a little rustiness with a few mistakes being costly. Losing out on conversions, with both teams scoring two tries, we just missed out on a try in the final minutes losing the game. As the pool stages progressed, we got more into our stride and produced some excellent rugby, sticking to our pattern and scoring some impressive team tries.

The final game had it all, showing good control, scoring some nice tries. The last few minutes then saw us frantically defending our own line and we pulled off two or three try-saving moments. Luckily, we held on to finish the tournament, and our season, with a well-deserved win.

The last team to compete at Rosslyn Park were the U14s who were going into the tournament as winners of the Invitational Solihull Sevens from the previous week. With a strong squad effort and a composed performance, they controlled their group and the first elimination game. Day two saw the U14s in a very challenging pool against Oakham and Blundells, playing excellent rugby both in defence and attack, winning both games.

Having progressed to the quarter-finals against Sedbergh, we lacked the control from previous games and gave the opposition too much of the ball. King’s fought well throughout and created enough chances but unfortunately at this stage in the competition you have to take the chances on offer. Losing to the eventual winners shows the level the squad should be aiming for and finished off what was a great week for King’s rugby.

We continue our sevens season this week by hosting four tournaments, with the U14s playing on Monday, the U12s and U13s playing on Tuesday, and the U15s playing Thursday. This will be a fantastic opportunity for the teams to show what they have learnt over the season and put out strong performances in their last tournaments of the season.