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Sevens season starts with a win

The senior sevens squad had their first competition of the season on Sunday 5 February. Despite some key players not being available for selection, the team beat Hurst, Seaford and New Hall to win their group. The semi-final set St John's against Eastbourne College in an exciting match with Eastbourne narrowly taking the win. St John’s went on to comprehensively beat Cheltenham College 35-0 to take the plate in a highly satisfactory start to the senior's sevens season.

The U16 sevens squad began their season with an ever better start at the Merchant Taylors School inaugural competition. St John's were drawn to compete in the first round against UCS, Monmouth and Warwick with the first placed side progressing to the cup competition.

The squad started strong, recording victories against UCS (40-0) and Monmouth (38-0). The team knew that a final match against Warwick would determine who would progress to the cup competition. After a few close opening exchanges, St John’s took control of the game and ran out as 31-7 winners, securing the top spot.

The semi-final pitted St John's against the powerful St Paul’s side who were also unbeaten in the first round. It was close, with neither side able to take a commanding lead. The final score was a 19-19 draw, however as St John's had scored first points the squad progressed to the finals.

The final saw the team face the formidable Portsmouth Grammar School who had beaten the hosts, Merchant Taylors, in the semi-final. Again, it was a close match with neither side able to take control and build a lead. The St John's team were able to sneak a narrow victory of 21-19.

Overall it was a positive start to the Sevens season. We are looking forward to the squad building on this success for the remainder of the season. 

Published on 09/02/2017

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