19 Feb 2012
Strong Welsh challenge prevails at the Christ College/Royal Welsh 7s Tournament
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The anticipated strong Welsh challenge at the Christ College/Royal Welsh Regiment Invitational Sevens prevailed when Llandovery College beat Bryanston in controversial circumstances this afternoon (Sunday 19th February).
The Christ College/Royal Welsh tournament, sponsored by the Royal Welsh Regiment, attracted top schools from England and Wales and is now considered the highlight of the schools sevens season in Wales.
Hosts Christ College were one of the teams that caught the eye in the group phase, topping their group with victories over Malvern College, Blundells, Campion and Abingdon. Christ College also overcame a strong Bristol GS team in the 1st round of the knockout phase before much-fancied Bro Morgannwg knocked out the hosts in the 1/4 finals. Monmouth also came through their group unbeaten, as did Millfield and Bryanston.
Bro Morgannwg came up against Llandovery College in an all-Welsh semi-final and it was Llandovery that edged this with a try in the final seconds of the game. In the other semi-final, Bryanston beat the much-fancied Millfield who had coasted through their group without conceding a try, setting up a final with Llandovery College.
The final was a pulsating affair and Bryanston were leading 12-10 after 5 minutes but it was all over as a contest when a Bryanston player received a red card with 2 minutes of the 1st half still to go. The remaining six Bryanston players battled hard, but Llandovery ensured that they capitalised on the extra man advantage and turned a half-time deficit into a 27-12 victory.
In addition to the senior invitational tournament, an U13s invitational 7s tournament was played for the Alway House Cup. St John's-on-the-Hill defended their trophy beating a spirited Brecon RFC U13s team in a high quality final, played as a curtain-raiser ahead the Senior tournament final.
Brigadier Philip Napier, Colonel of the tournament sponsors, The Royal Welsh Regiment, presented the finalists with their medals and the trophys to the winning teams. He congratulated tournament director Tim Trumper on a very well-run tournament and payed tribute to all of the teams present for providing great entertainment to an appreciative crowd.
Our congratulations go to Llandovery College and to St John's-on-the-Hill on their success in winning today's tournament and we look forward to inviting them back in 2013 to defend their titles.
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