Wisbech Grammar School’s rugby team triumph on tour

An Under-13 rugby team from Wisbech Grammar School has trounced a string of major northern rugby sides to clinch a coveted tournament trophy.

In a weekend of back to back sevens the Wisbech boys played in the Packwood Sevens in Shropshire (on Saturday), dominating their group, with victories against King William's School and Abberley Hall, and following up by beating top Cumbrian rugby school Sedbergh 14-0 in the semi-finals. They lost to Kirkham Grammar School, Lancashire in the final.

The next day they travelled to Yorkshire for the Malsis Sevens. They dominated their pool matches with victories against Sedbergh (20-5), Woodleigh School (35-0) and Giggleswick School (25-0) before beating Terrington Hall 35-0 in the semi-final. After a goalless first half the final against Ampleforth's preparatory school, St Martin's burst into life when Luke Marney broke clear and ran 60 yards to score the opening try. Henry Thornton then dummied and ran 50 yards to score under the posts and secure the Lewis Booth Memorial Trophy for Wisbech Grammar School.

There was also success for the Magdalene House preparatory school U11 sevens side. After reaching the quarter-finals of the Packwood Sevens, the boys travelled to Malsis School for the Lewis Booth Seven-a-Sides. They started the day with a 35-5 win against Sedbergh, following up with a 15-0 victory against Moorlands School and a 35-5 success against Rossall School.

After winning their three pool matches and coming top of the group, they progressed to the semi-finals, where they met Terrington Hall, from Yorkshire. Magdalene House took control of the game and ran out winners by four tries to nil.


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In a hard fought final against St Martin's, Ampleforth, they lost 5-10 to the top northern side, despite a heroic performance.

U13 squad: Luke Marney, Emerson Collingwood-Smith, Henry Thornton, Benjamin York, George Bone, Aiden Burt, Matthew Holden, Jake Slender, James Fear, Oliver Hayward, Bradley Hutler

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U11 squad: Jack Trundley, Thomas Collie, George Lemon, George Means, Louis Jones, Frazer Brown, Luke Fey, James Collingwood-Smith, Henry Mair, George Dady

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