Rugby Roundup: Season Finale Success for Sedbergh

The final week of Lent term, for many, is a spectacular rugby celebration as the season draws to a close. Having battled against schools up and down the country in the traditional 15-a-side format, Lent term sees the shorter formats of the game take centre stage – with all roads leading to the National Schools’ Sevens Championships at Rosslyn Park, and the National Tens held here at Sedbergh.

U14 claim plate victory in nail-biter

Following an impressive showing on Day 1, the U14 side headed in to Day 2 of competition at the National Sevens full of confidence. Successfully navigating their way through some tough fixtures in the quarter finals, this young Sedbergh side faced a familiar Warwick team in the semi-final. A school we’re familiar with and regularly play 15-a-side fixtures against. A commanding and convincing 24-12 victory, as well as their best performance of the tournament, sent Sedbergh into the final in high spirits. Standing between them and the Plate were Ipswich School, who had been equally impressive across the two days. Sedbergh were clinical in attack and held strong in defence to win a hard-fought contest 19-17 to the delight of coaches and parents in attendance and watching online via the fantastic coverage provided by Next Gen XV. 

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U14 Plate Winners (Credit: Rosslyn Park National Schools Sevens)

U16 showcase dominant performance to be crowned National Cup Champions

It was a tournament to remember for our U16 side, who went unbeaten across the two days of competition and only conceded ten tries on their way to the final on Thursday afternoon against a very talented Trinity College. In an astonishing first half performance, Sedbergh ran out to a 26-0 lead at half time and further extended that lead in the opening minutes of the second half to 38-0. Trinity continued to play expansive rugby and capitalised on a Sedbergh yellow card and scored two late tries to bring the full time score to 38-12. Celebrations continued as Year 11 pupil Adam (Evans House) was named player of the tournament.

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U16 Cup Winners (Credit: Rosslyn Park National Schools Sevens)
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U16 Player of the Tournament: Adam (Credit: Rosslyn Park National Schools Sevens)

U18 bounce back from RPNS7s disappointment to lift National Tens trophy in dramatic fashion

After a 100% win record on day one of RPNS7s (albeit with a scare from Eton College) Sedbergh were placed in a group the next day along with three other powerhouses of schoolboy rugby; Millfield, Wellington and Kirkham. In what many saw as the “group of death”, each of the four teams pushed and tested one another to their limits but ultimately, Sedbergh finished the day winless and exited the tournament.

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Sedbergh prepare for kick off against Brighton College in the Final

In less than 48 hours, Sedbergh ran out onto Buskholme in the opening game of the National Tens and blew away any possible RPNS7s cobwebs with a 31-10 win against QEGS Wakefield. Under the clear blue skies and warm spring sunshine, Sedbergh continued to grow in confidence and finished the day unbeaten and into the next round of the cup, where they were grouped with Ipswich, King’s Macclesfield and Seaford College. Winning their opening two games was enough to see Sedbergh into the cup final for the third successive year. In the final, they met Brighton College, who had a brilliant run earlier in the week at RPNS7s, making it all the way to the plate final. Conditions on day 2 could not have been more different than day 1. Blue skies and sunshine were replaced by dark clouds and rain. Lots of rain. This had a dramatic effect on the pitch conditions, but that never dampened the spirit of the event, with schools producing some scintillating rugby. In a tense and tight affair, it was Brighton who took the lead late in the first half. Sedbergh’s uphill challenge got even steeper in the second half, as they were reduced to 9-men following a red card. As the clock turned to the final minute of the game, and deep inside the Brighton 22, Upper Sixth Pupil Tom (Sedgwick House) seized his opportunity and darted for the line to level the scores up at 5-5. Year 12 pupil Matthew (School House) composed himself to knock the conversion over which was followed by the blast of the full time whistle, cue pandemonium as Sedbergh erupted into celebration whilst it was heartbreak for Brighton College, who’s number 11, Harry, joined a list of illustrious names as player of the tournament.

Speaking to Angus Savage at NextGenXV after the game, Director of Rugby, Mr Mulholland said; “We’ve been through some tough times over the last 6 months or so, and I’m just so proud of them that we’ve made a memory there that’s going to forever.”

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National Tens Champions

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