Tuesday, 01 December 2020

Shiplake lose out

SHIPLAKE COLLEGE kicked-off the schools’ sevens season with five hours of rugby on Sunday.

SHIPLAKE COLLEGE kicked-off the schools’ sevens season with five hours of rugby on Sunday.

Ten teams competed in this inaugural festival, playing for the Cracknell Cup, named after former Shiplake pupil Chris Cracknell, who has been an essential component of the England Sevens team for several years.

Shiplake were on the verge of upsetting the form book and emerging from group A as one of the two qualifiers. They enjoyed a 19-17 win over local rivals Oratory School and ran out convincing 35-5 winners over Upper Latymer but a narrow 14-12 defeat to Haileybury ended their hopes of progressing to the semi-finals.

The first semi-final thrust local rivals Abingdon School and Radley together in a tight game that Radley just edged 12-7. Progressing to the final they found that Hurstpierpoint just had too much athleticism, pace and power as they stormed through to win 29-12 and receive the trophy from Chris Cracknell.

Shiplake had high hopes for the plate competition but lost to the ultimate winners Bromsgrove School in the semi-final.

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