The U14 Dean Close 7’s took place on Sunday 8 March with the School hosting teams from Monmouth, Sherborne, Malborough, Magdalen College, Cheltenham College, St Edward’s Oxford, Hereford Bluecoat, King’s Worcester, Llandaff and Hereford Cathedral.The three groups of five teams were all closely contended. Dean Close edged out Magdalen College and Llandaff Cathedral to go unbeaten in their qualifying games.

The School came up against Malborough College in the semi final which produced a stern test. In the early stages, both sides had opportunities to control the game but it was the Dean Close boys, who had grown in confidence after their Plate win at the earlier Prior Park tournament, who managed to pave the way to the final with some finescores.

A strong Monmouth School side awaited the boys in the final and there was nothing to separate the teams in a tight first half. Two quick fire scores from Dean Close settled the game in the second half to give the School its first success in its home tournament. Director of Sport, Greg Baber-Williams said: “I’m incredibly proud of the boys. We showed great spirit to get into the final, our pride and character shone through.”


As the boys contested rugby 7s at Dean Close, the girls’ U16s were down at Marlborough School playing in the season’s main tournament. They did brilliantly, and in a tight group found themselves needing a win against Canford School in the last game of the group to qualify for the semi finals. They kept their composure and took the victory by 9 goals to 7.

At this point bad weather arrived, and unfortunately the semis had to be cancelled due to a slippery court which had resulted in an injury. The scores were counted and it was calculated that the Dean Close girls had come 2nd with 19 points. Assistant Director of Sport, Sam Ellingford said: “This was an excellent result at a very hard tournament. There were some big schools to play.”


1st Canford
2nd Dean Close
3rd Marlborough U16
4th Marlborough U15
5th Berkhamstead
6th KES
7th St Helen’s
8th Sheffield
9th Kingswood
10th Bryanston
11th Cheltenham College