Sunday saw the return of the Rugby Sevens season with the 1st VII competing in the highly prestigious North of England Sevens Tournament.
Having travelled to Birkenhead, two and a half hours away, the boys were excited about what they knew was going to be a challenging day.
Playing Oswestry School in their first game, the team displayed a strong performance with a great start, to win 41-7. Another dominating performance against St. Anselm’s College gave them their second victory in the group stages.
Unfortunately, they picked up two early injuries depleting the squad to just 10 players; this added an extra challenge, requiring the boys to step up and maintain the high intensity in what are already exhausting games.
A narrow loss to Llandovery College (14-19) in the third group game saw King’s place second in the group, going on to play for The Boodle & Dunthorne Salver Cup.
Facing Wirral GS in the quarter finals, with the boys playing fantastically, they were victorious 39-21, allowing them to progress into the semi-finals.
Even though the boys were exhausted, they were getting better and better with each performance, allowing them to win comfortably 33-17 in the semi-finals against Austin Friars.
In the final, King’s faced Hymers College, a hugely talented school, where our team executed their best performance and went on to win the game 31-5, giving us the The Boodle & Dunthorne Salver Cup.
It was a great day of rugby, with the boys playing unbelievably well, displaying an incredible amount of energy and determination going into every game, with the win in the final being fully deserved. A special mention must go to captain Alex T, who had a fantastic day, scoring 11 tries.
It is an outstanding achievement to win the The Boodle & Dunthorne Salver Cup, a very prestigious Cup, previously won in the past by top schools including Bromsgrove School, Sedbergh School and Durham Cathedral School. Winning this Cup is a great accomplishment, showcasing the strength of our rugby programme.
This result is a testament to the hard work and preparation which has gone into training so far this term, allowing the boys to display some exceptional rugby; this caught the eyes of other teams at the tournament, who all commented how strong our rugby was.
Foundation Director of Sport, Mr Mason, adds, “Winning the Boodle & Dunthorne Salver at the North of England 7s was a fantastic achievement for the senior squad. They showed great determination throughout the tournament and played some excellent rugby to beat a talented Hymers College team in the final. The squad is now looking forward to the King’s tournament, held at Droitwich Rugby Club, and the Nationals Schools Sevens in London.”
This result is hugely promising for the remainder of the season, and we offer a massive congratulations to all the boys involved in what was an unbelievable day!