The Senior 7s squad started their season with some silverware, coming home with medals and the Vase from the annual Caldicott Sevens.
In a tough opening group, the boys secured an excellent opening victory against King’s House. The first game is always critical, especially when the second game is a crunch, must win game. Our opponents were Caldicott, and what a game it was. Two early lapses saw Caldicott up by two tries early on but the boys played with real passion and started to nullify the host’s game. A try was snatched back and it was all to play for at 10-5, with SPJ camped on Caldicott’s line for the remainder of the game until a last minute turn over gave Caldicott a third and decisive try.
The final pool game was against Wetherby and this was a comfortable, if scrappy win. Moving on to the next phase of the competition, competing for the Vase, saw us up against 3 potential banana skins in Moulsford, New Hall and Summerfields. On a different, smaller and muddier pitch, strategy had to change and a less expansive game adopted. All of our opponents were big and direct and we had to work hard to both keep them out and break them down. Happily, this we did and we were victorious, albeit in tight games, in all three. This meant we were presented with the Vase and can now move on with confidence to the next competition at St John’s, Northwood.
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