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Rosslyn Park Sevens

The Eastbourne College 1st VII narrowly missed out on a place in the final four of the world's largest rugby tournament, the UK national seven-a-side competition hosted by Rosslyn Park Rugby Club and HSBC bank.

The College side performed fantastically well over the two-day tournament. They won their group and their eliminator game on day one, sending them through to the second day of the competition where the winners from day one battled to be the overall champions.

It was on day two that the Eastbourne College team really showed their potential with wins over Blundell’s School and Cheltenham College 26–7 and 33–15 respectively. In their final game a draw would have seen them progress to a semi-final place against national 15-a-side champions, Bedford School. Unfortunately it was not to be and the Eastbourne College team lost 7–14 to Bishop Wordsworth, a school of 900+ boys.

The shorter format of rugby sevens makes it a game of fine margins and in close matches the small things make a big difference. A turnover here or a missed tackle there would have seen the 1st VII progress.

The boys should be immensely proud of what they were able to achieve over the two-day period and everyone enjoyed watching their final game as it was streamed live over the internet and available on payback after the event.