CIS entered its first ever Rugby Sevens competition on Wednesday, with eight Year 11s making the trip to Maidenhead for the ISA U16s Rugby Sevens.
CIS were scheduled to play four pool games. They needed to adapt quickly to the new style of play and, to their credit, the boys learnt fast and improved every match. The first match turned out to be against the eventual pool winners Quinton House who were well-drilled and powerful, catching the boys a little on the back foot with their intensity. 7-42!
Over the course of the next two matches the boys reduced their margin of defeat by 10 each time and looked more and more threatening. The last pool game was against Stoke College, a familiar foe. We knew this one would be close - and it was, with CIS narrowly losing 17-19, having missed a conversion kick in front of the posts after scoring with the last play of the game.
So finishing bottom of pool 'B', we progressed to the bowl final to face 5th place in pool 'A'. By now, the boys were very tired, but were more experienced, more aware. The bowl final was on the main pitch at Maidenhead, a 4g pitch in front of a stand, with everyone at the tournament watching. To say the boys stepped up was an understatement! They found their confidence and pleased the crowd with their quick feet, offloads and big hits.
The boys won a cracking bowl final - 52-22 - showing everyone what they were capable of. I found myself once again proud of the boys, how they kept going despite defeat, to find an amazing victory, how they supported each other through bumps and bruises, mistakes and successes. Well done to Magnus, Justin, Louie, Kennedy, Adalgisio, Daniel, Joshua and Martin. (Mr Salt)