The rugby gods were looking down on Terenure College last Saturday when what can only be describe as a summer carnival of rugby was showcased to the big crowd of spectators who turned out for the sunshine and sevens rugby. All teams on the day must be commended for their ability to understand and deliver such a high level of skill and fitness needed for sevens rugby.
Sixteen Leinster Schools team took part on the day in a four pool tournament where teams were ranked into a Cup, Shield and Plate tournament based on results in the pool stages. In the Cup knock out stages Newbridge College were joined by other top Leinster Schools such as Blackrock College, Castleknock College, St. Michaels, Terenure College, CC Roscrea, St. Marys & Old Wesley. A tight victory over Blackrock College in the quarter-final Newbridge College lined up St. Michaels in the semi-finals. In the other end of the Cup draw CC Roscrea look just as impressive beating Terenure College A in the quarter-final to face Castleknock College in the second semi-final.
After a long day of exciting rugby, fitness would have a huge influence on what sides would eventually make the Cup Final. Both Newbridge College and CC Roscrea look to have the most energy thus looking sharper against their opponents to take victory and book their place in the Cup Final.
After six difficult games 84 minutes of high intensity rugby reach to reach the cup final Roscrea and Newbridge to their credit left nothing behind and produced an exciting game. Newbridge took an early lead with two break away tries from inside their own half. Roscrea responded with some great patterns and half breaks however couldn’t break the Newbridge line for the majority of the game.
Newbridge looking less fatigued took advantage of the tired defence and manage a third try before Roscrea respond with try of their own. In the closing minutes of the game Newbridge began to seal the victory running in two more tries leaving too big of a climb for a tired Roscrea to chase winning 31 – 10.
Whether it was a coincidence or a motivation but The Umbrella Foundation ambassador, Irish and Leinster star Jamie Heaslip was on hand to meet the crowd and present the Cup to his former school. He looked very pleased at the presentation and was impressed by the greats skills on show by all schools involved.
Other winners on the day were Belvedere College, winners of the Shield Final after a very exciting and close game with CUS College. Terenure College C beat the old rivals Blackrock College to take the Plate Final and end an exciting day’s rugby.
Whilst rugby was the key offering on the day, supporters were entertained by games and food by the Irish Famers Market and all proceeds on the day going to The Umbrella Foundation. For those involved on the day can confirm that Sevens has a future at Schools level and may become a staple in Irish Rugby very soon. Plans begin extend the Tournament in all four provinces next year.