Visiting Schools Help King's Prepare for Rosslyn Park 7s

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Just before the Easter holiday, King’s welcomed a number of visiting schools from Dubai and Kenya for a weekend of rugby fixtures.

Players from Dubai College joined forces with King’s Hall School for a series of matches in preparation for the Rosslyn Park Rugby 7s. Both teams proved unstoppable on the pitch, but it was Dubai who edged the scores overall.

Following their departure, representative teams from The Banda School, Kenton College Preparatory School and Pembroke House School, all based in Kenya, joined us for further training.

It was especially pleasing to see the pupils engaging with one another, as well as to see the delight on so many of their faces when experiencing snow for the first time. After their short visit, the teams then made their way to Sherborne Preparatory School for further training, before embarking on their final destination, London.

For our senior players, who also attended the Rosslyn Park 7s, the competition was tough. In their first game against Wellingborough, the U14s performed some outstanding moves, resulting in a first half score of 21-0. In the second half, Wellingborough came back fighting, before Third Form pupil George Thomas secured the final score of 26-21.

The second match of the day was against Eltham College and it was not until the second half of the match that the players upped their game. In a tense final 10 seconds, with King’s in a 33-31 lead, Eltham scored, resulting in a 38-33 loss.

In their third match, the U14s played Sir Thomas Picton School. The boys played some nice 7s, with Charlie Sharland, Mickey Spiers, and Matthew Osborne scoring tries. The final score was 40-19 to King’s.

The final game unfortunately saw King’s lose to the strong Denstone College side, making it the end of the road for our youngest players.

Meanwhile, the U16s had a more positive start to the tournament, playing against Oundle School in their first match of the day. The team displayed increasing confidence as they wore down their opponents, resulting in a 19-0 win.

Their second match against Berkhamsted School was a tight game. King’s showed tenacity in defence, achieving a 14-10 win. The following game saw the U16s face a relatively easy game against Y Pant School, with the boys securing a 31-7 win. This resulted in a group decider with Uppingham School.

Unfortunately, despite playing some good 7s, King’s could not capitalise on some gilt-edged changes when the game was in the balance, but headed home wiser as a result of the experience.

Finally, the U18s enjoyed some moments of expansive play, with a strong win against Fulbrook College. However, it was always going to be difficult with a team more attuned to a 15-a-side attritional approach. A narrow loss to Giggleswick School in the final round was the only real disappointment in an extremely enjoyable tournament.

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