Seven-a-side success as Wisbech Grammar School’s rugby teams reach six national finals

WISBECH Grammar School’s seven-a-side rugby teams are celebrating after they reached the finals of a staggering six national tournaments.

The girls’ under-18 team led the way, outclassing St Joseph’s College, Oundle School and Rickmansworth School on their way to the final of the Berkhamsted tournament, where they were beaten 14-10 by Wellington School.

They followed that up by powering into another final - this time at the Reigate Sevens tournament - where they lost 19-10 to Epsom.

Trevor Claydon, head coach, said: “These results against far bigger schools with much more time available are quite remarkable and testament to the girls’ determination to play well against the odds.”

There was also success for the boys’ teams. The under-18s were beaten in the shield final of the Reigate Sevens while the under-13s lost in the plate final of the Packwood Haugh Sevens.

The under-11s claimed some notable scalps at the Malsis Sevens before losing to St Mary’s Hall in the final. At the Wisbech Grammar School Sevens the boys defeated Langley to claim the shield final.

Ben Hoyles, head of boys’ sport, said: “We have played against some of the top rugby schools in the country and produced some excellent results.”

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The under-7s were also in action with try scorers Jenson Nunn, Billy Nurse, Oliver Murdoch and Joshua Bell excelling.