Coleg Sir Gar scoop prestigious trophy
6:00am Thursday 5th April 2012 in Sport
COLEG Sir Gar won the Open title at Rosslyn Park HSBC National Schools Sevens when they beat Whitgift 26-0 in the final, writes Huw S Thomas It was the first time the college has won the Blue Riband of the schools sevens world and with it the recognition of being the top sevens school and college in England, Scotland and Wales for 2012.
The difficulty of winning the Open – the biggest and best schoolboy sevens tournament in the northern hemisphere - can be gauged by the fact that since the tournament started in 1939 only five Welsh schools or colleges have won the Open in 73 years.
The CSG side impressed throughout, putting out reigning champions Filton College 14-10 in the quarter final and 13-time champions Millfield 32-7 on the way to the final.
The game against defending champions Filton was uncompromising but converted tries from Dai Treharne and Aron Evans were to prove crucial.
And the eventual 2012 champions completed a trio of wins over former winners beating Whitgift in the final four tries to nil.
Whitgift had caused quite a surprise in turning over Sedbergh 24-21 in the semi final but as hard as they tried in the final they did not have the speed or power to open up a resolute defence.
Tries from Dai Treharne and Josh Adams gave the Welsh boys a 12-0 interval lead and further efforts from Tom Ball and Evans soon put the result beyond doubt.
In nine games the side rattled up an impressive 306 points but even more revealing was their points against tally of just 36, testament to their terrific defence and tight marking.
Over the two days, skipper Sion Bennett was the outstanding forward in attack and defence, Aron Evans the leading try finisher and Dai Treharne dazzled with some breathtaking solo efforts.
It crowned a great sevens season for CSG in which they also won both the Marches and Llandovery Sevens and were runners up in the Urdd Welsh 7s.
The Coleg Sir Gar Girls team almost made it a famous double but lost to Moulton College 29-0 in the U18 Open final.