WISBECH Grammar School’s U13 team (pictured) beat a string of major northern sides to clinch a coveted tournament trophy.
Wisbech played in the Packwood Sevens in Shropshire on Saturday, dominating their group, and beat top Cumbrian rugby school Sedbergh 14-0 in the semi-finals. They finally lost to overall winners, Kirkham Grammar School, Lancashire.
The next day in Yorkshire for the Malsis Sevens they dominated their pool and the semi-final. The final against Ampleforth’s preparatory school, St Martin’s, North Yorkshire, was a hard contest.
In the second half the Grammar School’s Luke Marney broke to run 60 yards to score the opening try. Henry Thornton ran 50 yards to score and secure the Lewis Booth Memorial Trophy.
There was also success for the Magdalene House preparatory school U11 team who lost in the final of the Lewis Booth Sevens to St Martin’s 5-10. They had lost in the Packwood 7s quarter-finals.
U13 squad: Luke Marney, Emerson Collingwood-Smith, Henry Thornton, Benjamin York, George Bone, Aiden Burt, Matthew Holden, Jake Slender, James Fear, Oliver Hayward, Bradley Hutler.
U11: Jack Trundley, Thomas Collie, George Lemon, George Means, Louis Jones, Frazer Brown, Luke Fey, James Collingwood-Smith, Henry Mair, George Dady.
l A tight contest in the plate final of a rugby sevens tournament staged at Wisbech Grammar School saw the host side holding on for a 17-17 draw before going down to a golden try in extra time.
Eight schools from across East Anglia competed in the third annual rugby sevens tournament on Sunday and the home side beat Wellingborough and Langley before losing in the closely fought match against Framlingham.
Master in charge of rugby at the Grammar School Ben Hoyles said: “It was a great tournament and the boys were able to display some fantastic running rugby.”