Chislehurst and Sidcup GS squad stamped their authority on the twenty fifth year of Gravesend Rugby Club’s invitation floodlit sevens competition at Rectory Field on Monday evening.
Such was the dominance of the Chis and Sid team that they went through the competition having kept their line in tact throughout the evening, scoring a total of 93 points with none against.
In the final they met Skinners who had only had one converted try scored against them in the previous two rounds, but although not completely one-sided as the score suggests, Chis and Sid again defended as well as they attacked, coming away with a 22-0 victory.
Earlier in the evening, Gravesend GS, Skinners, Campion and Chislehurst and Sidcup had progressed to the cup semi-finals with victories over Duke of York RMS, Dartford GS, Kings Rochester, and Rochester Maths, respectively.
Skinners had a comfortable 22-7 win over Gravesend GS, while Chislehurst and Sidcup progressed through to the final easing past Campion 38-0.
First round losers went in to the plate competition, where Dartford GS won against Duke of York RMS, 23-12 while Rochester Maths overcame local rivals Kings Rochester 35-19.
In a very tightly fought plate final, Rochester Maths, coached by Gravesend’s first XV coach Paul Hatherway, ran out victors 12-0.
Gravesend RFC chairman Graham Haggar said “it has been a privilege for the club to play host to these invitation schools sevens for the last twenty-five years, which always bring a good crowd to watch some informative and lively rugby performed by the senior players of the future.”
He went on to say “that with the necessary upgrading of the floodlighting, finance permitting, he hoped that these and other evening competitions would continue long into the future.”