Wisbech Grammar win three plate events

Rugby players from Wisbech Grammar School have won three plate competitions in a weekend of wall-to-wall sevens tournaments.

Rugby players from Wisbech Grammar School have won three plate competitions in a weekend of wall-to-wall sevens tournaments.

The under 13s won the plate at Packwood Haugh in Shropshire (on Saturday) after beating last year’s cup winners Kirkham 26-5 in the semi-final and and Wrekin 19-0 in the final.

The next day, at Malsis, the boys again took the plate after beating Sedbergh B 21-5 in the final. Members of the under 11 side also won the plate at Malsis after beating Rossall 12-7 in the final.

In the Reigate 7s (on Sunday) the under 18 girls were runners up in the plate contest after losing to Pangbourne in the final and the under 18 boys were quarter finalists in the bowl competition.

The boys crossed the line 12 times in four games with Jonathan Ison top scoring with four tries, Harry Dodds taking three and Freddy Foreman scoring two.

There was also a try apiece for Sam-Henry Pressling, who created a number of the 12 tries in attack, and Sam England, as well as Oliver Timms, who worked tirelessly in defence.

Last year the boys scored only two tries in total and did not get within 15 points of any other side. This year they lost by the narrow margin of 29-26 to the group winners, Worth, which beat all its other opponents by at least 12 points.

The boys also notched up a 28-28 score in a hard-fought draw with Caterham.

Master in charge of rugby Mr Alex Laybourne said: “It has been a very successful weekend for Wisbech Grammar School on the sevens circuit, with our players making four plate finals and winning three.

“We have a strong sevens pedigree coming through the school, building on the hard work that has already gone in at the preparatory school, Magdalene House, under headmaster Chris Moxon’s eye, leaving us in a good place for senior sides in the future.

“The 1st VII is having one of its strongest seasons in recent history and is showing real promise in the build-up to the Rosslyn Park National Schools Sevens, at the end of the month.”

The under 16s were due to open their sevens season at Stowe 7s on Wednesday (March 6) in a very strong group and all the age groups are set for another full weekend of sevens in Manchester this weekend (March 9 and 10).