The U18 1st VII rugby team secured a famous victory to retain the Hampton Sevens trophy on Wednesday 14th March.

The team won their group in impressive style, amassing 182 points in four matches and only conceding 14. Along the way to topping their group they beat Hampton, Abingdon, Richmond and Campion. In the final they played the much fancied Whitgift. After taking an early lead the side was pegged back resulting in the scores being tied at 14 points all at half time. In the second half the side however produced a terrific display scoring 3 unanswered tries securing a memorable 33 – 14 victory.

The captain Henry Lamont stated afterwards that “it was a great victory and occasion for the School. We knew that Whitgift were one of the top sides in the country, so to beat them feels great”. Mr Witcombe (assistant sevens coach) was full of praise for the squad saying that “this is arguably the best performance by a Cranleigh School sevens side in our proud history. I can’t speak highly enough of the effort that all the boys put in”.

On the same day, the U16 sevens side got their first taste of tournament rugby. They won their group but sadly lost in the plate final. It was a superb effort and bodes well for the future.

Next up is the Daily Mail and Rosslyn park sevens tournaments which take place over the next two weeks.

ARH