U15 Hampshire Rugby 7’s

U15 Hampshire U15 Rugby 7’s

Back row: Josh Powell, John Darling, Jacob Breach, James Grinham, Harry Diaper
Front row: Guy Jacobs, Tyler Gabriel, James Robinson, James Webster


Test Valley were in a strong group which consisted of Portsmouth Grammar School, Oaklands Catholic School and Bitterne Park School.

Test Valley played Oaklands first and put together some good rugby try to use the width that was available to them and were 7 – 0 up until the last play when, into added on time, Oaklands crossed the line under the posts to draw the game 7 – 7.

In game two the opponents were Bitterne Park which proved an easier game with Test Valley putting on a good show and winning relatively comfortably 24 – 0.

In the final group game the team came up against the very skilful Portsmouth Grammar School and it was the one occasion that Test Valley were outclassed but kept working hard but went down 35- 10.

At the end of the group stage Test Valley and Oaklands were level on points but Oaklands scored 2 more points in their pool games to push Test Valley down into 3rd position.

Due to finishing third in the group Test Valley had a tough draw in the first round of the plate with a game against Kind Edwards XI. The team went two tries down in the first half buts fought back in the second half but could not quiet make up the deficit losing 10 – 7.

This sent Test Valley into the Bowl competition where their opponents were local rivals Harrow Way and despite Harrow Way working hard and stretching Test Valley at times Test Valley were able to overcome them 24 – 0.

This took Test Valley into the final of the bowl where they were to meet Westgate School. Again, this was a frantic game and Test Valley were not quick out of the blocks going two unconverted tries down in the first half to fight back to 10 -7. In the final plays of the game Test Valley were putting a lot of pressure on Westgate and just when the winning try looked to be on the cards a covering tackle forced a Test Valley foot into touch and the game was concluded.

The team can be very proud of their efforts, as it was the first time many had played in a 7’s tournament against the quality of opposition that they met and they continued to work hard and learn throughout the day.