Sedbergh Super Tens tournament
On Saturday 28th of March a squad of seventeen players set off to take part in the two day Sedbergh School Super Tens Tournament where we would be competing against some of the most respected rugby schools in the UK. On the first day of the tournament we were drawn with Llandovery College, RGS High Wycombe and Brighton College. This, as we all knew at the time, would be a huge challenge but surprisingly we found ourselves not just making up the numbers but playing ourselves into contention to be one of the 8 teams competing for the trophy on the second day. A closely fought last game against Brighton College would determine if we were to play for the trophy or the plate the second day. Sadly, Brighton College proved too much of a challenge for us and we would therefore play the remainder of the tournament fighting it out for the plate.
Having played three tough games the day before, fatigue started to take its toll on all of us. Nevertheless, our first game of the day was against St Paul’s School kicking off at 9.30 (which didn’t go down well) and was one of our most pleasing performances of the tournament. Scoring three tries in a great team performance, we took the game away from our English counterparts in the first half. A couple of missed tackles let them back into the game in the second half but we held on for a very well deserved victory. Next, we played another English school called Clifton College which we knew, after watching them play, would be a much tougher ask. Despite the aching muscles and tiring bodies we came through to win a close game 7-0. This victory meant that the winner of our next game against Old Swinford Hospital would go through to the plate final. We only had a short time to get prepared both mentally and physically for what would be the most important match of the weekend and for the first time of the weekend the match was to be played on the main pitch in front of many intrigued onlookers. We started positively using our pace out wide to score the first try but in the end this match proved too much of a test and the opposition took the game away from us.
In summary the tour was a great experience for all involved and allowed us the unique opportunity to showcase our skills to a wider audience, to spread the name of Dollar Academy and most of all to challenge ourselves as rugby players.
Written By Elliott Milton
Llandovery College: won 24-5
RGS High Wycombe: lost 10-45
Brighton College: lost 12-31
St Paul’s School: won 17-14
Clifton College: won 7-0
Old Swinford Hospital School: lost 5-31
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