The Bedford VII were victorious in their first sevens
tournament of the year on Sunday 29 January 2017, the Seaford College
Sevens. They suffered a minor scare in the first match against Reading
Blue Coat School, conceding an early score, but managed to comfortably
close out the game 38-10. They were made to work for their victory in the
second pool game against Hurstpierpoint College who put on an excellent
defensive display. A comfortable victory against Lord Wandsworth
College in the final group match meant they came out of the group stages
on top and relatively unscathed.
They faced a strong Epson team in the cup semi-final.
Epsom started well and applied early pressure, scoring the first try.
Bedford quickly regrouped and retained possession well, they moved
the ball superbly from their own line to make it up to half
way, however, Epson pounced on a miss timed pass to score a second.
Epsom’s defence was strong and they quashed any breaks but Bedford managed to
retain possession and were rewarded with a well worked try at the end of
the first half to bring them back into contention. The second half
proved to be more fruitful for Bedford and possession quickly turned into
points. Epsom pressed for a score at the end of the game to draw the
match but the Bedford defence held firm to finish the game 19-12.
The final vs Haileybury was delayed by 30 minutes and
by the time it started the rain was driving down on the players.
However, in difficult conditions there were very few handling errors
from either team and a very entertaining final game of sevens
ensued. Bedford were attacking well but an intercept pass gave Haileybury
and early lead. Bedford, who had shown excellent composure all
tournament, quickly played themselves back into the game and it wasn’t long
before they took the lead. This was lead that they were not going
to surrender and closed out the game in style.
A great start to their sevens campaign but they must
still look to develop as they will face some extremely tough teams in the
upcoming tournaments. A special mention must go to Jack Dalton who
captained the side and received the ‘player of the day’ award.