20th Sep, 2019

Bromsgrove finish as worthy runners-up

Craig Gibbons 23rd Mar, 2016 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016

BROMSGROVE School’s under-13 Rugby Sevens team capped of a fine season by finishing as worthy runners-up in the world renowned Rosslyn Park Sevens Tournament.

Seventy-six teams were entered for the tournament, as far afield as IAPS Kenya, Dubai College and schools across the United Kingdom with Bromsgrove falling just short after losing 12-5 in the final to Caldicott Prep School.

On the first day of the tournament, Bromsgrove salvaged a draw against Dulwich Prep before defeating The Dragon, The Mall and Dulwich College Cranbrook to qualify for the second day.

With only nine schools left split into three groups on day two, Bromsgrove played some superb rugby to beat Sedbergh School and Shrewsbury House to reach the semi-finals where they beat St Olaves School from York.

Caldicott Prep, the reigning National champions, awaited Bromsgrove in the final and after the first period of play, Bromsgrove found themselves only 7-5 down.

Despite a spirited second half performance, Bromsgrove went down 12-5 to finish as worthy runners-up.

Gareth Jones, head of boy’s PE and games in the Preparatory School, said “I am extremely proud with how the under-13 Sevens boys have performed throughout the season – winning our own tournament and the Solihull School one, as well as runners up at the prestigious Millfield Sevens and now Rosslyn Park.

“The last team to have been this successful at Bromsgrove’s under-13 level are the current Upper Sixth who make up the NatWest winning team.

“They have contested every tournament final this year, four in total.

“Additionally the under-11 rugby Sevens boys also contested two tournament finals, winning one and runners up in another. A remarkable season.”

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