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On Wednesday 2 March, the School’s U16 sevens squad set out to get their second trophy of the week, with an outing at the Surrey Sevens tournament.
The first match of the day was likely to be a pool decider as a Hampton side looked to gain revenge from the weekend, bolstered by their returning Wasps U16 players. It was the opposition who struck first and it stayed this way until the break. But St John’s were far from panicked and scored three converted tries to take the game 21-7.
A well organised Caterham side sat in a similar position at half time in the next game but yet again St John’s, having learnt from their experience in match one, scored three tries to take the tie 19-5.
In the driving rain and increasingly heavy pitches, St John’s worked hard to finish top of their group, with wins over Reigate Grammar (24-0) and Wallington County Grammar (28-0). A strong Trinity side, who had earlier dispatched the defending champions, John Fisher, were blown away in the semi-final by a three-try opening half from the men in green. The 29-5 score line was a fair reflection of the class that St John’s had shown.
In the final against RGS Guildford, all 12 members of the squad made an impact, and had spectators gasping at their energy levels and clinical attack. At the end of a long day, St John’s were crowned Surrey U16 champions, with an unheard of 50-point barrier broken.
Head of Rugby at St John’s Chris Roberts said: ‘The lads were exceptional! Richard Jones managed the squad superbly and the team were simply unbeatable today. Next up – Rosslyn Park!’
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