U17 (The Spitfires) - Match centre

Kent Sevens
Westcombe Park RFC
Sun 23 Apr 10:00 - Tournament Full time

Spitfires carry off the Kent Sevens Cup

Combe's U17 squad round off their season with a convincing and undefeated display in the Kent Sevens tournament.

The season ended with a resounding success for the Spitfires as the Sevens squad carried all before them to bring home the Kent Sevens Cup. Unexpectedly good weather and very hard pitches welcomed the clubs to Medway RFC’s ground who ran a well organised tournament for the Under 17 and Under 18 age groups.

Combe defeated Canterbury, Sittingbourne and Ashford to top their group and progress to the semi-finals of the Cup competition. As expected their next opponents, Sevenoaks, were fired up and proved a tough nut to crack in a hard fought game. Their constant pressure created a number of good breaks and twice they lead the scoring in the first half. However the Spitfires superb defensive cover snuffed out a number of potential scoring runs and Combe’s offensive breaks proved the deciding factor as they ran in a couple of tries in the second half to remain unbeaten.

In the final they met the hosts, Medway, who had a sparkling record from their preliminary matches. Now Combe really showed their experience and determination as they took control of the game from the first kick. Even with both teams tiring the Spitfires defence was unwavering, resisting almost all Medway’s attacks. Once again Combe’s offensive breaks proved decisive as they ran in six tries to take the title convincingly 36 - 7.

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The result was particularly sweet as the squad had been losing finalists for the previous two years and there was a resolve to reach the top step this time around as it would be the last time the lads would play together. Much credit goes to those lads who played on after injury and particular thanks go to Leo and Bill who pulled the squad together in the final couple of weeks. At the end of a season of mixed fortunes this was a fitting finale.

James Burton, Owen Church-Mills, Ethan Collins-Oberman, Tane Feldhaus-Davies, Sam Harrison, Archie Holland, Matas Jurevicius, Ali Main, Oliver Stapleton, Harry Taylor (captain), Rhys Urwin

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