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Oakham and Stamford bow out at the quarter-final stage

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Oakham School staged their popular Rugby Sevens tournament on Sunday with sides from across the country descending on Rutland.

The Under 16s and Under 18s were in action as the teams defied the wet weather to produce a series of action-packed contests.

Uppingham School were the only side from the area to return with silverware as they took the plaudits in the Under 18 Bowl competition.

Bedford were the overall cup winners while Denstone College from Staffordshire delivered success in the Plate competition.

Action from the Oakham Sevens event. Photo: Lee Hellwing (7546840)
Action from the Oakham Sevens event. Photo: Lee Hellwing (7546840)

Oakham Under 18s finished top of Group A after three successive wins over Nottingham High School (38-7), Loughborough Grammar School (47-10) and King’s School from Macclesfield (19-14).

However, King’s claimed their revenge over Oakham in the quarter-final stage of the knock-out rounds as a 19-12 win ended the hosts’ interest in the competition.

King’s won by the same margin in the semi-final against Stowe School before losing 15-7 to Bedford in the final.

Oakham’s B team finished in third spot in Group C after claiming victories over Ipswich (19-12) and Campion (10-5) before losing to Stowe (5-15).

This put them into the Plate competition where they suffered a 17-15 quarter-final defeat to Royal Hospital School.

Stamford and Uppingham School both locked horns in Group E where they finished behind Bedford and Denstone.

Stamford had claimed an opening 19-10 victory over Bedford before beating Uppingham 14-7 only to then suffer a 24-7 defeat against Denstone.

They met eventual Plate winners Denstone again in the quarter-finals of the knock-out stages where they went down to a 30-7 reversal.

Action from the Oakham Sevens event. Photo: Lee Hellwing (7546833)
Action from the Oakham Sevens event. Photo: Lee Hellwing (7546833)

Uppingham were placed in the Bowl competition after group defeats to Stamford (14-7), Bedford (26-0) and Denstone (12-10).

They ran out 30-7 winners in the quarter-finals against Oundle before beating Nottingham High School 24-7 in the last four clash.

This set up a final against Leicester Grammar School where Uppingham ran out 22-19 winners.

The Under 16 competition saw the overall honours go to Stowe School (Bromsgrove) with St Edwards from Oxford taking the Plate plaudits.

Oakham and Uppingham had finished second and third respectively in Group A.

The hosts had won three of their four matches with victories over Trent College (12-0), Uppingham (36-21) and Rugby (24-0) being followed by a 12-17 defeat to group winners King’s of Macclesfield.

This put them into the last eight of the cup competition where they went down to a 12-14 reversal against Bedford.

Uppingham, after defeats to Oakham (36-21) and King’s (12-22), recorded victories over Rugby (28-5) and Trent College (26-7).

They exited the Plate competition at the quarter-final stage though after a 29-26 defeat against Campion School.

Stamford also bowed out in the last eight of the Plate following a 17-12 reversal against Ipswich.

They had finished third in their group after recording two wins – Oundle (25-12) and Perse (19-17) - and two defeats – St Joseph’s College (14-35) and Langley (12-21).

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