The Coleshill School Year 7 rugby team excelled at this years 7s rugby tournament. Showing skill, wit, bravery and bags of talent as they stormed to a second place finish out of 6 teams. The only team to beat them were the Arden first team who won 10-0 in the final but only with a last gasp try.
The first game against Lighthall’s first team was a huge success, The Coleshill School team had too much skill around the breakdown. Reece Price started the scoring, firstly with a dart around the ruck and his second try was a run through the middle of their defensive line. Tim Gray and the Joe Jones went over with clever moves in the opposing half, both from quick ball at the ruck. In the second half, Kai Battrum stormed around the outside of their defence to show his pace and Oli Walker finished off the bonus point win by powering through their lacklustre defence with a minute to go.
The second game was against Arden’s second team. Again, Reece Price went over twice early with smart runs from our team off-loading quickly or recycling the ball from the ruck. Arden pulled one back before Charlie White pierced the Arden defence with a storming run to widen the points gap. Coleshill tried to push for a fourth to secure a bonus points win but by this time the game was already won and Coleshill were confirmed as group 1 winners. They would meet the winners of group 2 in the final.
Arden’s first team were the winners from group 2. The game started with some good pressure from Arden, but Coleshill’s defence and in particular Jack Poole were exceptional at holding the attacking team around halfway. Coleshill soon got a foothold on the game and controlled the ball for the remainder of the half. The only real chance was led by Kai Battrum as he tried to sprint past the opposing winger, but re-enforcements managed to push him out of play before he got within touching distance of the opposing try line.
Arden managed a try on the break away by going down the blindside of a ruck early in the second half. Although Coleshill’s substations tried to have impact on the game there was little excitement in the second half as both teams tried and failed to dominate possession. There were a few dubious decisions against Coleshill at the breakdown as Arden over invested in the ruck and left themselves exposed, but Coleshill could not get hold of the ball in the final few minutes. As the ref was putting the final whistle to his lips the Arden scrumhalf slipped around the side of the ruck to score a second.
I would like to thank the team for their tremendous efforts and their parents for supporting both the students and the school as we embark on a new era of rugby at Coleshill within the Solihull Sports Federation.
Player of the tournament was close, but it will have to go to Jack Poole for acting as a defensive brick wall in all of our games and giving the other players the defensive support needed to turn over possession and attack.
With continued hard-work we will beat Arden in the final next year!