Star-studded Millfield School – captained by Welshman Callum Sheedy - retained their title at the RES (Renewable Energy Systems) Llandovery College Sevens last Wednesday when they swept all opposition aside with contemptible ease, writes Huw S Thomas.
No school in the British Isles has came near to the wonderful sevens success and excellence of this famous rugby school over the years and lovers of sevens were treated – and privileged - to another master class at Church Bank
Millfield have won the Rosslyn Park Open no fewer than 13 times – far more than anyone else – and after this display will be favourites to take the Blue Riband event again this year at the end of the month.
In scoring 301 points and conceding just 21 – three tries – they pulverised both Welsh and English challenges alike, culminating in a a brilliant 47-7 final win over Newport HS.
Big, balanced and abrasive up front and quick, slippery and direct behind they also had an outstanding individual in Tom Whitely
A full back who has been converted into a scrum half this year Whitely ran in four tries in the 34 7 semi final win over Filton College from Bristol and then repeated the feat against Newport HS who were the only Welsh side to make the last four.
Scottish international centre Adam Hastings – son of former Lions captain Gavin Hastings, along with forwards Alex Coombes, John Radford and James Tooze-Catlin were also in vibrant form to help overwhelm all and sundry.
Despite short of their two best players in Dafydd Hughes and Harry Randall, tournament hosts Llandovery College started off well with a 24-21 pool win over Colston’s Bristol, centre Adam Turner shining.
They came unstuck at the quarter final stage when shoddy tackling allowed Newport - coached by Pontypridd fly half Dai Flanagan- to get home 22-21.
Cowbridge were the only other Welsh team to get to the last eight before they went down 15-10 to Colston’s but no side looked remotely likely to disturb the sang froid of the boys from Street.
QEHS Carmarthen made the final of the Plate after wins over Sexeys from Somerset (29-7) and Bassaleg CS when a brace of tries from Liam Rogers and one from Henry Clements got them home 17-12.
In the Plate final tries from Glen Fern (2) and James Harries were just not quite enough to avoid QEHS going down to a 24-19 defeat at the hands of Brynteg CS.