Berkhamsted School U16s make great strides at national sevens tournament

Berkhamsted School were in action at the Rosslyn Park HSBC National Schools Sevens Colts tournament

Berkhamsted School were in action at the Rosslyn Park HSBC National Schools Sevens Colts tournament

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Berkhamsted School pupil Tom Ffitch believes his team’s performances at the Rosslyn Park HSBC National Schools Sevens Colts tournament were a great marker of their progress this season.

Last year the Colts competition was cancelled due to bad weather while the year before that Berkhamsted U16s managed just one win at the world’s largest schools sevens tournament.

And while the crop of 2014 had appeared to be slow starters with a win and a loss from their opening two group games, they stormed back with successive victories over Portsmouth Grammar School and Dulwich College to leave them second in the table.

It was not enough to see them through to the knock-out stage, however, with only unbeaten Abingdon School progressing.

But 16-year-old Ffitch believes his side showed plenty of positive signs on their Rosslyn Park Colts swansong.

“The standard has been really good as you would expect at this tournament. We’ve had some really tough matches but managed to pull through.

“We have a good coach who knows a lot about sevens so we’ve improved throughout the year and I think you could see that in some of our play here.

“This was our last sevens tournament and we gave it our all.”

The U16s were not the only Berkhamsted team in action at the festival, and it proved a tough week for the boys’ and girls’ U18s with neither managing to pick up a win.

But there was better news for the boys’ U13s who won two of their three group games.

Scrum-half Josh Barton said: “It’s been quite good because we only just started playing sevens this year. It’s very interesting and I think we did quite well.

“The tournament is so big and it’s really good fun, a great experience. Hopefully we can come back again a bit stronger next time.”

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