Hartpury scintillating at Sevens to romp to Rosslyn Park victory

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The college's AASE (Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence) A team racked up an incredible 230 points during the tournament and did not concede a single point as they swept all before them.

The college's AASE B team were unlucky not to make the final of the prestigious competition too, losing out to their Hartpury A team counterparts in the semi-final.

Hartpury A started off the day with a comprehensive 68-0 victory over Worthing College and were then awarded a bye in the second game when one of the teams pulled out. They finished their group with a resounding 59-0 over Brockenhurst College.

The college's B team faced stiffer contests in their group. Edged out 19-12 by Bishop Burton College in their curtain-raiser, they comfortably despatched Filton College 41-0 in their next outing and finished off the group stage with an impressive 59-0 victory over Coleg Sir Gar.

That opening loss for Hartpury B pitted them against their team-mates from the A side to battle it out for a place in the final.

Both teams played it safe in the opening minutes but after some slick handling from Sydney Gregson, Jade Schekells raced around the last defender and scored by the posts for the A side.

Perhaps the most exhilarating score of the clash saw the ball whipped to fly-half Megan Jones, whose perfectly weighted grubber kick found Abbie Brown’s hands and she dotted down.

Hartpury A eventually ran out 48-0 winners but had undoubtedly received the biggest test of their title credentials by their college compatriots. They went on to see off Bishop Burton College 55-0 in the final with the referee calling an end to proceedings early as the scoreline rocketed.

Hartpury AASE Women's Rugby Manager, Peter Cook, said: “It was great to see months of hard work on the training field and in the gym come to fruition with such excellent performances at the Rosslyn Park Sevens.

"We're hugely proud to have defended our title so convincingly but the most satisfying thing for me was that we were able to field two sides in the competition this year, showing the strength of the women’s rugby programme here at Hartpury.

“None of the players have to worry about their skill levels or fitness when it comes to the faster, more open game of Sevens. The maturity shown by both squads to stick to the gameplan in each match and adapt on the field is the one thing that really stood out for me.”

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