John Fisher School will have their revenge at Twickenham

Runners up: Purley-based John Fisher School missed out in the Rosslyn Park HSBC National School Sevens open final

Runners up: Purley-based John Fisher School missed out in the Rosslyn Park HSBC National School Sevens open final

First published in Sport Wimbledon Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Sports editor

They may have lost in the open final of the Rosslyn Park HSBC National School Sevens, but John Fisher School pupil Seaghan Davet is already eyeing his revenge at Twickenham in just over a month’s time.

Victory over Millfield School would have set up a date at the home of rugby in the final round of the HSBC Sevens World Series, but a 27-12 defeat denied Purley-based John Fisher their place.

However, despite not lifting the open trophy, they still have a chance for revenge over Millfield as all open finalists get to play at Twickenham as part of the London Sevens weekend in May .

Davet said: “Millfield are a class act but I thought we held our own and the score line shows that we did well even if we didn’t get the win.

“We were in the game and were one of the tougher challenges that they faced so I’m proud of everyone.

“Hopefully when we play in the London Sevens we can get payback on Millfield, I am buzzing for it. It means a lot for the team and it is every rugby players dream to play at Twickenham.”

It proved to be a strong showing for John Fisher on the 75th anniversary of the world’s largest schools sevens tournament with their U13s reaching the quarter-final of the junior competition before losing 26-12  to eventual winners Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe.

Meanwhile, Whitgift School also saw two of their teams make the knockout stages with the boys U16s advancing to the last 32 of the Colts event before falling to finalists Wellington College.

The U18s topped their open group and, while losing their first knock-out match to see them drop into the open plate competition, they bounced back to make the semi-finals.

Sedbergh denied Whitgift the chance of making the final beating them 28-15 but 17-year-old captain Stan South insists the players can still hold their heads up high.

“We were a bit upset but we lost to a good team, whenever we play them it is a hard game,” he said.

“This year everyone has been up to the same standard so you can’t go into a game expecting to win.

“Everyone put their bodies on the line but there were a couple of silly mistakes. Saying that, I’m still proud of the boys.”

HSBC is proud to sponsor the world's largest schools rugby tournament. Finalists of the Open tournament will play against each other at Twickenham during the London Sevens, the ninth and final round of the HSBC Sevens World Series courtesy of HSBC. For more information visit www.rpns7.co.uk

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