The rugby season finishes with a trip to Brighton College to compete in the Pelican Cup. This is arguably the most prestigious 7’s competition on our circuit with teams travelling from Fulham and Battersea to take part. In my opinion you don’t make an 80+ mile round trip if you aren’t very good…

Brighton College Prep proved too strong for us with their huge runners taking charge of the game. However, I thought we defended admirably and kept them down to 4 scores, which was considerably less than a lot of the other teams they faced.

The Cumnor House game frustrated us because we deserved so much more. We ended up on the wrong side of a 3-1 score line but if it were not for two break away tries from their own 22 we would have gone on and possibly won the game.

Fulham Prep were a very solid outfit and they would go on to contest the 1st and 2nd placed rounds later in the day so to keep them down to 5 scores and still play our worst game of the day is testament to how far we had come.

We dominated St Christopher’s from start to finish and recorded a superb 7-2 win in only 10 minutes of game time.

Thomas’s Battersea were finalists last year and went on to the final this year also so the 7-0 loss was always on the cards. This was not for want of trying as our boys kept going right to the final whistle.

In the play-off stages we faced Great Walstead and bearing in mind they were the reigning champions it goes to show how tough this day actually is with them finishing 5th in their group this time around. A 4-1 loss was a huge improvement on our earlier meeting with them last month and their coach was full of praise for our ingenuity at the set piece when we carved them apart to score.

These tournaments, although physically demanding, are an excellent learning experience for our boys and when we are picking from 14 boys and the majority of our competition from 40+ it means we can test ourselves against the biggest and best.

Well done to the 9 who took part; you all dug in deep, tried to play in the right way and with confidence and I can only offer my thanks for that.

Try scorers: Luca (5), Alex, Alistair, Jake M and Antony.