Rugby: U16 County Sevens

On 6th March Bede's U16 Sevens side took part in the Sussex County Sevens Tournament, coming up against tough competition throughout the tournament.

We had a challenging start against a very well drilled Ardingly school, and lost very narrowly by one try.

We then went on to play Eastbourne College and took them somewhat by surprise, scoring 5 first half tries - Ryan Day finishing off two moves of flowing rugby in the corner. Eastbourne came back in the second half with two tries of their own before we scored again. Guy Owers made some excellent breaks and Josh Novell was strong in the middle as always.

We then came up against Buxwood, who weren't as well drilled as we were, which showed. Even Jo Juran and Artin Valinejad make big impacts in this game, defending well and adding a more direct form of 7's and Dom Tuvey provided some excellent hands and organisation in the middle of the park.

We then went through as 2nd in the group (knocking Eastbourne out) to play Brighton in the semi-finals. They were an excellently drilled side, but didn't anticipate the ferocity of our defence. George Gibson made some big hits and Will Tidy cleared up any who tried to sneak through.

Keeping Brighton to one try in the first half, as they had the hill was a great achievement, they had beaten everyone in their group by at least 30 points.

Our legs went a little in the second half, but the defence of Harry Walker was outstanding (he really was supurb; in every game, my Man of the Tournament) and we kept Brighton to scoring just two more tries (I'm told their winger is U16 100m national standard).

Ed Cudlipp came close to scoring near the end of the game, but we couldn't quite break the Brighton defence.

Overall, losing in the semi-finals is a great achievement from the boys who hadn't been able to properly train as a squad before the event.

Tom Elwell

Head of Rugby