Rosslyn Park Review

Tuesday 26th March 2024

Held during the final week of term, this year’s Howden Rosslyn Park National Schools Sevens provided competing teams with excitement and disappointment in equal measure in what is one of the toughest tournaments around. Three Marlborough teams took part this year, ensuring memorable moments for players and supporters alike.

Once again the College hosted a tent on the side of the main pitch, RE1, with a great atmosphere throughout the week created by parents, OMs and supporters.

Seniors

The Seniors began their campaign in the Vase on Monday morning and topped their group with three wins from three, including wins over Peterborough Regional College (50-0), Plymouth College (26-0) and Royal Hospital School (48-7). This set up an eliminator encounter against Mill Hill & Belmont Schools – with a fantastic performance seeing the boys come from behind to win 28-17 – and secure a place in day 2.

The second day proved a tougher affair with defeats in physical encounters against Lancaster Royal Grammar (17-12) and St Albans (28-12) ending their run in the competition. The day ended with a 26-5 victory over City of London Freeman’s – a memorable sign off for those departing Upper Sixth players.

Colts

An incredible total of 252 teams entered the Cup competition on Wednesday, a figure that was whittled down to just 28 teams the following day. In a tough group, Marlborough produced a stirring display to get the better of Jumeirah English Speaking School (24-17) but defeats to Llandovery College (21-14) and King Edward’s Bath (19-7) proved not enough to be one of those 28 teams in day 2 qualification.

Yearlings

The U14s enjoyed a wonderful run in the group stage as they kicked off with a 14-5 win over Eton, the reigning champions at this age group on RE1, a match that was livestreamed. Next was a 26-12 triumph over Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bro Edern before the group stages rounded off with a 35-0 win over Queen Elizabeth’s Barnet.

Such good form earned a place in the end of day eliminator with a tense 19-14 defeat to St Paul’s School. The boys returned for day 2 in the Plate competition where they beat Barnard Castle (33-26), but a narrow 24-21 defeat to Ipswich School meant they did not progress from the group stage on the second day.

Always a special part of the school rugby calendar, we are looking forward to a successful tournament again next year.

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