Sevens season kicks off with success

Hampton score a ‘sudden death’ try to win the Hampton School Founder’s Day Sevens tournament for the first time in 19 years.

DSC_0655Ten of the country’s leading rugby schools took part in the twentieth annual tournament all vying to take home the Founder’s Day Trophy.

Following the closely fought group stages, Cranleigh School faced the hosts Hampton in the final and St Benedict’s College met John Fisher School in the Plate competition.

In the final there was nothing to separate the two teams with the scores tied at 19-19 after regulation time. This meant that the next score would decide the match and within minutes, Hampton’s Mike Woollatt beat two defenders to score the winning try, sparking jubilant scenes on the touchline.

In the Plate final, John Fisher overcame St. Benedict’s 33 – 5 to take the silverware.

England and GB Sevens coach, OH Simon Amor, presented trophies to the winning teams congratulating all the players:

“The standard of rugby on show today was excellent. I remember playing at this event as a pupil and loved it. These kind of tournaments are fantastic for players’ development both physically and mentally. Overall it was a great effort from the boys, and congratulations to all the schools that took part.”

Director of Rugby at Hampton, Sean Thomson, thanked all the schools for coming:

“This was an excellent example of the highest level of schoolboy rugby sevens played in the right spirit. All the boys demonstrated an exceptionally high level of skill indicating that this is going to be another exciting sevens season. I’m very proud of the Hampton players for showing such determination to close out the final in such tense circumstances.”