The 2010 Marches Sevens started at 10-40 am on a dull but dry morning at Wyeside, the weather forecast was for prolonged periods of heavy rain, thankfully the Met office information was incorrect. The crowds started to arrive and by 11-00am there was a good number assembled to watch HCS play their first game against Worth School, unfortunately the home team failed to turn large amounts of possession into points and lost 12-5. The group games progressed through out the morning and the clouds started to disappear, the general message was that Millfield and Llandovery were looking impressive. The group stages started slightly later than planned due to a serious injury in the Cheltenham v Bristol Grammar game but an encouraging and noisy crowd watched HCS beat Glantaff 12-5 and then Llanhari 24-12 in the plate quarter final. There were some mouth watering clashes on the horizon, Kings Worcester came out 14-7 winners against arch rivals RGS Worcester, Plymouth beat Filton College 22-19 and the Millfield/Llandovery game was a fantastic spectacle, Millfield running out winners 24-14. The semi finals pitched CC Brecon against Plymouth and Barnard Castle v Millfield. The plate semi finals resulted in a win for London Oratory over HCS and Monmouth beating Dean Close. The first semi was a hard fought contest with CC Brecon just defeating Plymouth 14-5,the second semi final was the ‘match of the day’ Millfield scored first against Barnard Castle but ‘Barny’ worked hard and just stayed in touch, a crucial ‘sin binning’ cost Millfield, as ‘Barny’ scored two late tries to win in the dying seconds 26-21.
So, we awaited the final of Barnard Castle v CC Brecon. The plate final resulted in a win for Monmouth, beating Dean Close 25-16. .
The cup final was another display of excellent rugby, Barnard Castle scored early and continued to exert pressure on the Brecon line, they scored again, prior to half time, to lead 12-0. Brecon worked hard in the second half and scored with a good move from half way, but ‘Barny’ scored again to win the 2010 tournament 17-5.
The day was a great success and thanks must go to the PTA and the hard working Marches Sevens committee.
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Mr Richard Skyrme.