Setting a benchmark: Year 7 rugby successes

QE’s youngest boys have rounded off their first season of rugby with strong showings in two important competitions.

The Year 7 squad not only won the Shield in the Reigate Sevens, but then went to notch up a string of successes against some of Hertfordshire’s best rugby schools in a 10-a-side tournament.

PE & Games teacher Luke Jacobs, who is in charge of Year 7 rugby, said: “The progression and commitment of this group of players in the rugby season has been outstanding. When a sizeable amount of work has been put in by a group of students, especially when they are new to the School, it is important that they are acknowledged and rewarded, so it is fitting that they have finished the year with two notable accolades.

""“These successes will set a benchmark for the rest of their sporting and academic life here at QE.”

In only their second experience of sevens rugby, the QE boys recorded wins against respected schools such as Colfe’s from Greenwich and Judd from Tonbridge, Kent, in the Reigate Sevens. Having progressed through the group stage, they then went unbeaten to take the competition’s Shield trophy.

""A few days later, the Year 7s headed off to Kitchener’s Playing Fields at Berkhamsted School for the Hertfordshire 10-a-side Tournament.

“This is the final U12 regional competition in the school rugby calendar and an accurate yardstick of the development Year 7s have made since they started playing, most for the first time, in September,” said Mr Jacobs.

They played seven games, won four, drew two and lost only to the eventual winners, Bishop’s Stortford High School. Along the way, they defeated Richard Hale School – a school they had lost to 50-5 earlier in the season.