NSB made their second visit to the world's largest schoolboy rugby tournament last week, this time entering the Under 14s tournament. The boys joined 146 other teams from around the UK and beyond in trying to qualify for the finals day as one of the group winners or best two runners up.
Our base was once again in Wimbledon and, having arrived late on Wednesday evening, the boys settled in to prepare for an early start on Thursday. In game 1, NSB faced Greenhill School form Pembrokeshire in Wales. Despite a nervous start, NSB were 14-0 up at half time with tries from Joshua L and Jake S. Tristan Sscored two early second half tries, closely followed by Lewis R. Greenhill grabbed a consolation for a 33-7 final score line.
In game two, the opponents were Warwick School, a school with a fantastic recent tradition of national success. NSB started well and held possession well. However, even when NSB breached the excellent Warwick defence their full back was superb at stopping the final pass. Warwick turned over a number of NSB possessions to secure a 33-0 win.
In the afternoon NSB came up against Steyning Grammar School from West Sussex. NSB played outstanding sevens to win 43-0 with tries coming from Robertson (3), Scott (2) and Sommersall (2).
In the final game, NSB again faced Welsh opposition in the shape of Bishop of Llandaff School from Cardiff. NSB cut loose in this game, playing superb team sevens to win 64-0, tries from Joshua L, Lewis R (3) and Tristan S (6) following an excellent break and offload from Ollie F.
This meant NSB finished as runners-up but unfortunately as third best runner up, missing out on a place in finals day by one place! This meant the squad then had the fantastic opportunity to visit the England sevens team training facility on Friday morning to watch the squad be put through their paces by coaches Simon Amor and Tony Roques. England were preparing for the upcoming Hong Kong 7s tournament having recently won the World Series Event in Vancouver. It was a great experience for the boys who were struck by the fitness and skill of the players, as well as the intensity of the session. Coach Amor chatted freely with the boys and asked a number of questions. The boys were thrilled to see world stars such as Dan Bibby, Dan Norton and James Rodwell up close. Following the session, the boys started the long journey for home. Well done to the whole squad, Philip D, Oliver F, Harvey G, William H, Joshua L, Max M, Oliver M, George R, Lewis R, Jake S, Tristan S and William V. Also thank you to the many parents who supported.
Tour prize winners were awarded to:
Top try scorer (10) - Tristan S
Most progress- Oliver M
Best tourist- Jake S
Player of the tour- Oliver F