Under 14s side Teddington and the local u15s team Bristol Community Clifton won the Cup at the second SW7s Development Cup on the final day of the SW7s Sports Festival in Bristol.
Staged at the home of Cleve RFC in Emerson’s Green a record number of 24 teams competed on a glorious and sunny day for the trophies. For the first time, the tournament was played under the new RFU X Rugby 7s rules.
X Rugby 7s was introduced this year and is a modified version of the traditional 7s rugby, which aims to encourage new players to try the sport. Played on a half-pitch size, with tacklings only allowed below the armpits and no high kicks, this format inspires to pass the ball a lot more to succeed.
The outstanding referees, managed by international 7s referee Andy Gibson, supported the youngsters in adapting the new rules which allowed them to play the game on an extremely high level.
In the u14s competition, Teddington Rugby Club won the Cup after beating Tewkesbury in the final while the Forest-of-Dean based club Berry Hill beat Longlevens in order to claim the Plate.
At the 16-teams u15s competition, the charity side from Clifton Rugby Club, Bristol Community, won the Kabuto Noodles Cup after beating South Cotswold BaBas, one of two sides from the Cotswolds. The Plate was won by another side from the Forest, as Lydney overcame rivals Corsham. Finally, Evercreech beat Longlevens in the Shield final.
The day was a huge success and a great celebration of age group 7s. Many thanks to all participating teams, referees and first aiders.