Rugby Sevens, 2010/11

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Opposition 1st U16 U15 U14 U13
Wellington     Semi-finals    
Bryanston Semi-finals     Semi-finals  
Blundell's   Group     Canc'
E. Devon     1st =   Won
Millfield Runners-up        
Brecon Semi-finals        
Devon Won   Won   Won
Port Regis         Won
Sherborne          
Prior Park       Runners-up  
West of England Runnersup Runners-up      
Worcester     Won Plate    
Rosslyn Park          

U13s win Port Regis 7s Tournament

The U13s continued their magnificent unbeaten season in all types of rugby by winning the prestigious Port Regis 7s. They won their pool comfortably by beating Sandroyd 38-0, Port Regis 28-7 & Perrott Hill 43-0. In the quarters they overcame Farleigh 35-5 and then in the semi-finals national regulars Caldicott found them too hot to handle by 24-14. Which brought a final against a strong Millfield which saw a magnificent performance and a 14-7 win. This was a weight limited tournament so National Barbarian Finn Neusinger and Will Scott were not allowed to play, which makes the result all the more impressive.

Sunday was the National Festival for the Prep School Barbarians at Rugby School. The day consisted of teams from 4 regions, South East, South West, North and Midlands at both U13 and U11 age groups. Due to the cancellation of the regional festivals the day was arranged into a tournament between all 4 teams at each age group.

Representing Blundell's were: -

  • U11 - Ben Stevens, Sam Maunder
  • U13 - Finn Neusinger, Ben Steer, Cameron Seymour and Ben Summers

In the U11 competition the Southwest team came second behind the Southeast. Both Blundell's boys excelled during the day and were given special mention by their coach from Cheltenham College. In the end Sam Maunder was selected for the national team while Ben Stevens was unlucky to miss out.

In the U13 competition the Southwest team also came second behind the Southeast, and all 4 boys played wonderful rugby. Cameron, Ben and Finn were all selected for the national team. This is an outstanding effort. Not only that but, Ben Steer was voted by the coaches as player of the day and Cameron Seymour was voted second behind him after scoring more than half of the Southwest team tries.

The U11 boys will be touring Dublin in March, whilst the U13 boys will be touring to Toulouse in April. The boys excelled on the rugby pitch and were outstanding ambassadors for the school in what was a very long but enjoyable day.

On another note Jack Maunder has been selected to play for the Independent Schools Barbarians at U14 level. They play a match against Northampton academy just after half term, followed by a tour to Biarritz at Easter.

The Barbarians seemed to bring out the best in Blundellians! RJH

The U15 Sevens squad duly won the Devon 7s. The boys had a very successful day in the Devon Finals today. They made rather heavy weather of the last two matches, but came through victorious as Devon Champions. They played some very accomplished sevens, and really dug in deep when it mattered. I am obviously very proud of their achievement.

Pool

vs Coombeshead WON 43-0
vs Pilton WON 46-5
vs WON Kelly 40-5

Semi-Final

vs Torquay Grammar School WON 12-7
FINAL vs Exeter School WON 40-17

Squad

Reid, Grandfield, Verney, Hamilton, Pilkington, Boddington, Miyamoto, Canterbury, Scott, Love. DJS

U14s Bryanston Sevens

The boys had an excellent day today in an extremely competitive tournament. There were some super sides from schools such as Sherborne, Bryanston, Colstons, Kings Worcester, Llandaff, Cheltenham, Whitgift, Wellington College, Abingdon and Rugby.

Pool

vs Stowe DREW 14-14
Tries: Maunder, Pilkington
Cons: Hydleman 2
A slow start to the competition. This was a game we should have won.

vs Bryanston WON 34-5
Tries: Hawkes, Hydleman, Maunder 2, Pilkington 2
Cons: Maundeer, Hydleman
A fantastic game. We totally dominated Bryanston in all areas.

vs Sherborne WON 24-0
Tries: Hawkes 2, Maunder, Pilkington
Cons: Hydleman 2
Another superb game against a strong Sherborne side. The boys really woke up in this game and played some excellent rugby. They pressed brilliantly and turned over ball, won back ball from kick-offs, and moved the ball to the wing to score some excellent tries. The best rugby I have seen them play.

As a result of these games, we comfortably topped the group.

Quarter-final

vs Truro School WON 28-0

Semi-final

vs Cheltenham LOST 20-0
The game was much closer than the score suggests. We should have scored in the first minute, but were turned over a yard from the line and they ran it back to score. We had several other opportunties to score, but couldn't quite finish them off. In the last play of the game Hawkes went through and thought he had scored, however, he had grounded the ball a yard short, they then ran back the length to score. Wardle and Pilkington both came off injured. A sad end to a great day!

Overall, I am incredibly proud of the way that the boys performed today. They have really matured as a team, and I feel that they turned a corner today. DJS

Team

Hawkes, Wardle, Clarke, Maunder, Pilkington, Hydleman, Roberts, Willder, Thomas, Michelmore.