On Friday 9th March 2018 The MSSP Year 5/6 Tag Rugby Borough Finals took place at Tooting and Mitcham F.C. A total of 16 teams were in attendance, with 4 teams from each of the four Merton Clusters represented. Teams were split into groups of four and would play a round robin format with the teams in their pool.

After a brief introduction and recap of the rules the first fixtures got underway. The standard of rugby on display right from the off was superb, with a number of great tries being scored across each of the four pitches. It was evident that all 16 competing teams in the build up to the tournament had worked extremely hard on their handling skills in attack as well as their organisation in defence to protect their try line.

Matches were played at a terrific tempo and throughout the group stages it was often extremely tight with only a single try separating the teams.

Pool A (Red)

School

Points

Position

Seeding After Group Stages

Dundonald

9

1st

1

Poplar

6

2nd

7

Malmesbury

3

3rd

10

Sherwood

0

4th

16

 

Pool B (White)

School

Points

Position

Seeding After Group Stages

St Matthew’s

9

1st

2

St Mary’s

4 (+4 GD)

2nd

8

Abbotsbury

4 (-1 GD)

3rd

9

St Thomas

0

4th

15

 

Pool C (Blue)

School

Points

Position

Seeding After Group Stages

Hillcross

9

1st

3

Wimbledon Chase

6

2nd

5

Links

3

3rd

12

Benedict

0

4th

14

 

Pool D (Yellow)

School

Points

Position

Seeding After Group Stages

Bishop Gilpin

9

1st

4

St Teresa’s

3 (-1 GD)

2nd

6

Aragon

3 (-2 GD)

3rd

11

Gorringe Park

3 (-3 GD)

4th

13

 

After the pool stages had taken place, the seeding’s were recalculated for each team for the remaining fixtures. Each team would play a Quarter Final, Semi Final and a Final game to determine where they would finish over all.

Some stand out performances at the Quarter Final came from Aragon, Abbotsbury, Poplar and Bishop Gilpin who all managed to score an impressive four tries in each of their matches against their opponents. Credit must also be given to Sherwood, Benedict, St Mary’s and St Matthew’s who scored some fantastic individual tries through the fleeting footwork of their attacking players out wide.

At the Semi Final stage, the majority of matches were often an extremely tense affair with Sherwood, St Thomas, Abbotsbury and Malmesbury all winning their matches by a single try, often being scored in the dying seconds of the match to secure that all important victory. Credit to their opposition who for large periods of the match displayed some impressive work in defence and ability to create some great chances of their own.

In the Final round of matches 15th place was secured by Gorringe Park in their tense 3-2 victory over a battling Benedict side. 13th Place was secured by Sherwood through their well-orchestrated 3-1 victory over St Thomas of Canterbury. 11th Place was awarded to Aragon after their deserved 3-1 victory over Links. 9th place was secured by Malmesbury. This match was extremely close with Malmesbury running out narrow 2-1 winners over cluster rivals Abbotsbury. Wimbledon Chase saved arguably their best team performance until last, with their victory over an equally committed St Teresa’s side. 5th Place went to St Mary’s who narrowly edged out St Matthew’s in a humdinger of a game with score finishing at 5-4 to St Mary’s. The battle for third place was won by Dundonald who overcame Hillcorss to win this nail biter 2-1 at the final whistle.

The final as usual was a really close affair. Both Bishop Gilpin and Poplar had shown some great form during the group stages, and played some outstanding rugby in the knockout stages to reach the final. The game ebbed and flowed with both teams neck and neck on one try a piece. This was before Poplar produced a moment of magic to spot a gap in the Bishop Gilpin defence to scamper through and score the all-important winning try and thus claim the title of Borough Champions. Poplar will now go on to represent Merton at the London Youth Games later in March. Credit must however be given to the way Bishop Gilpin had played right throughout the tournament – an outstanding effort from both teams.

Final Standings

  1. 1.       Poplar
  2. 2.       Bishop Gilpin
  3. 3.       Dundonald
  4. 4.       Hillcross
  5. 5.       St Mary’s
  6. 6.       St Matthew’s
  7. 7.       Wimbledon Chase
  8. 8.       St Teresa’s
  9. 9.       Malmesbury
  10. 10.   Abbotsbury
  11. 11.   Aragon
  12. 12.   Links
  13. 13.   Sherwood
  14. 14.   St Thomas
  15. 15.   Gorringe Park
  16. 16.   Benedict

 

A huge thank you to all involved today and especially to our Rutlish Sports Leaders who refereed the matches superbly.

A special mention must also be given to all competitors who demonstrated a great level of sportsmanship and respect for their opponents throughout the event, and through doing this created a really enjoyable experience for all involved. With this, the school who received the most votes by schools as demonstrating the highest level of sportsmanship and respect for their opponents throughout the day was Abbotsbury who were this tournaments Refspect winners.

A number of individual awards were also given out to a number of players for both their skill on the rugby pitch as well as their outstanding attitude and support for their team mates and opposition throughout the tournament. Well done to all of you, you were a credit to your school!

Best Boy – Matthew (Dundonald)

Best Girl – Grace (Bishop Gilpin)

Most Improved Player – Tyrique (Gorringe Park)

  

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