04:00AM, Sunday 30 March 2014
Two Claires Court School teams won national sevens tournaments to cap a memorable season.
The u18s started their ISA competition well, beating Sexey’s School from Devon 35-0, Trinity School, Croydon 26-5, and the home team St Edwards, Cheltenham 19-0.
On a bigger pitch, Claires Court met Ibstock from Roehampton in the semi-finals, winning 14-7 to meet Queen Ethelburga’s School in the final.
The first half finished 7-7 after Mike Davies glided past several of the QE’s defenders and scored a sensational try under the posts, which he then converted.
QE soon hit back with a score of their own. But Claires Court turned on the style and defended well to dominate the second half, scoring three more tries in the process to win 28-7.
Team coach and PE teacher Dan Boorman said: “We were clearly the best side on the day and deserved winners.
“This is the biggest sevens’ win for the team in recent years and is a reflection of the classy players we have in the team, as well as the hard work and commitment the boys have put in at training this term.”
Not to be outdone, Claires Court u14s also won their ISA national sevens event.
Discipline and power in defence blended with skill and intelligence in attack allowed the side to remain unbeaten throughout the day racking up an impressive 238 points and conceding only 26 in the process.
Wins over Princethorpe College B (61-0), Rushmoor School (50-7), Queen Ethel-burga’s (31-7) and Bedstone College (50-0) sent Claires Court through to a semi-final with Abbey Gate School in convincing fashion, which they won 20-5. They beat Shoreham School 26-7 in the final.
After going a try down, two outstanding team tries – one of which went through all seven players’ hands before being touched down under the posts – gave Claires Court a 12-7 lead.
They never looked like relinquishing their grip on the title and ran in two more tries to complete a thoroughly convincing performance.
Team coach and Claires Court teacher Scott Harris said: “This under-14 squad, abundant in talent, will now look forward to next year’s 15 a-side season where further silverware is certainly not beyond their capabilities.”
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