21 May 13
The J.P. Morgan Premiership Rugby 7s Cup took place at Old Reigations RFC on Saturday 18th May and was a day full of fast-running, thrilling rugby.
In the Grand Finals for the U7's, U8's and U9's, which was played prior to last weeks fixture against Gloucester, displayed an incredibly high standard of rugby and demonstrated great team spirit throughout the competition.
In the U7's Grand Final, Effingham and Leatherhead RFC came out on top against Upminster RFC, both teams executing great skill and determination throughout.
The U8's Grand Final resulted in joint champions; Reeds RFC and Rosslyn Park RFC. The two teams could not be separated and after a hard fought final with some superb try's being scored by both teams, the final result was a 2 all draw. Both teams were happy to share this years honours' and after such a tight competition no one could deny each team a share of the glory.
The U9's Grand Final was between Sutton & Epson RFC and Beccehamians RFC, Sutton and Epsom came through as eventual Grand Champions winning 1-0, another tight affair displaying agile attacks and resilient defence.
The Grand Finals for the U10, U11, and U12 age groups were fierce and all teams showed exceptional talent.
The U10's Grand Final was between Southend RFC and Cobham RFC. Southend demonstrated exceptional skill, scoring some fantastic tries with indestructible defence. The final result concluded with a well deserved win by Southend the overall score being 5-1.
In the U11's Grand Final Tonbridge Juddians RFC battled against Upminster RFC, the end result a 1-0 win for Tonbridge Juddians, another nail biting match with parents and supports shouting encouragement from the sideline. Finally the U12's Grand Final was arguably the hardest final of the day.
The U12's Grand Final was ultimately contested by Sevenoaks RFC and Teddington RFC. After a titanic tussle Sevenoaks came out on top with a 1-0 victory.
Ben Thurlow, Harlequins Community Development Manager, commenting on the Grand Finals said: "For every team here today there were others that could have justified a spot. These clubs have shown exceptional talent and without them we wouldn't have a competition, each individual team brought their own contribution to today's event and I'm pleased to say that this season demonstrated the highest level of skill and determination to win yet. Congratulations to all of the Grand Champions, you should be proud of your achievements because the Etihad Airways Curtain Raiser Cup is a very tough trophy to win."
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