Rugby 7s Team Become Yorkshire Champions

06 October 2017

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Craven College have been crowned AoC Rugby 7s Yorkshire Champions for the second year running.

Muggy conditions were no deterrent for the slick Skipton outfit, who finished the York-based tournament unbeaten.

Thumping wins against Scarborough College (35-5), Wyke College (43-5) and Selby College (39-0) were enough to set up a tough final against Wakefield College, who proved to be a difficult test for the North Yorkshire boys.

With only a minute left on the clock, Craven were trailing 22-21. Following some strong charges and neat passing play, Tom Willson was released down the right flank and in what was a sensational finish to the tournament, he flew over in the corner to claim the win and the prestigious AoC Champions trophy.

Notable mentions go to top try scorer Joe Wilkinson, who managed to touch down seven times; Ethan Jefferies, who coach Dean Muir described as a "creative genius"; and finally, Connor Fry, who converted his first ever drop goal for the club.

Muir was extremely pleased with the team's attitude and performance. He said: "The lads were absolutely fantastic today. They never stopped battling and held a winning mentality throughout. Wakefield were a difficult team to break down but our persistence paid off when we got the try and the win late on. What a finish."

The team will now represent Yorkshire at the AoC National Championships to be held in June at Northumbria University.

This is the second time the college have lifted the trophy having stormed their way to victory at last year's tournament.



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