Rydal Penrhos’ senior Rugby Sevens squad turned in their best performance of the season at a regional competition.
The U18 side competed against a host of talented teams from across the North West at the Cheshire 7s on Wednesday, March 7, and they turned in a number of outstanding collective efforts throughout.
After working hard on all aspects of the Sevens discipline with the school’s dedicated coaching staff, the side began their tournament with a convincing 34-14 victory over Altrincham Grammar School, and this was swiftly followed up by an impressive 34-14 triumph over Sandbach School.
Their strong competition continued thanks to a standout 42-0 win against Lymm High School, and they concluded an outstanding group stage with a 33-12 success over Birkenhead School.
This set up a cup semi-final against King’s School, Macclesfield, the Rydal Penrhos began well taking a two-score lead from the early stages.
King’s responded well and held a narrow advantage heading into the closing stages, but a late try saw the game all square at full-time meaning golden point extra-time was needed to separate the sides.
A superb individual effort from Will Lynch almost booked their place in the final, but the player unfortunately knocked on his own chase kick virtually on the trey line.
This proved to be telling as King’s got the all-important next score and advanced to the final, but it did not take the gloss off what was a superb team effort from the Rydal Penrhos squad.
Director of Sport Allen Boyd, said: “I have said previously that all the players know what they are capable of collectively, but it must be a collective effort, an effort level that is not beyond the capabilities of this group. They just need to want it more than they currently do.
“We were certainly the second best side there on the day, if not the best and whilst any semi-final defeat is tough, they now have a genuine understanding of what they are capable of.”
Rugby 7s squad: William Lynch, Ewan Luke, Joshua Meyerratken, Tomos Davies, Kieron McNamara, Elliot Wilkinson, Sean Hughes, Michael Thomas, Nils Memmi-Bonstrom, Henry Maitland-Davies, Tawanda Harris, Daniel Pearce, Joseph Morrow.