Cornwall County Under 16 Sevens Tournament

On a cold but sunny day in Newquay the Under 16 rugby sevens squad played in the county sevens tournament. We started the tournament slowly, trying to get away from playing 15 a side style and moving the ball more and keeping out of contact. The boys stuck at the plan and had good wins over Wadebridge (33-7), Penair (44-5) and Penryn (34-7). By now the boys were working hard for each other and letting the ball do the work, defensively a tight unit and forcing mistakes from the opposition.
 
In the semi-final we met Redruth who were hard to break down in the first half but the strength of our squad showed in the second half as we pulled away and won 39 -7.
 
The final saw us play against Mounts Bay who had look strong, athletic and well organised all day. We kicked off and immediately missed a tackle which left us 7-0 down. We the received the ball and worked the ball wide allowing Max to run in from half way and Mike to convert to even the score. Then another tackle missed and we went in at half time 14-7 down. We quickly pulled level after the break but then allowed Mounts Bay ahead again with a third missed tackle. The boys were not down yet and replied immediately with a well worked score after some good handling from Will and Ollie P. This levelled the scores at 21-21 with only a couple of minutes to go. The Mounts Bay boys then worked hard and managed to break through and scored but Mike kept them wide so they could not convert. With one last play we had to score, the boys worked a mismatch and Ollie A broke through a tackle on our 10 metre line and was finally tackled on their 22m line, unfortunately the support was not there quick enough and we lost possession and then when the ball was knocked on the final whistle went. A great end to end final had unfortunately ended in narrow defeat. The boys had worked hard over the day and made great improvements from the first match.
 
Squad
O Andrews, P Parry, O Page, F Orr, R Ibbotson, F Alothman, M Austin, N Turner, G Hatcher, W Rowe, M Fairfield and T Trott.