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Rugby the winner at Elite Insurance Sevens Series finals day

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The Perse School and KES Stratford made Elite Insurance Sevens Series history on Thursday afternoon, becoming the first sides to share the Cup title in remarkable sporting circumstances.

The two sides had battled their way to Franklin's Gardens as winners of the Cambridgeshire and Oxfordshire regionals, also outlasting 10 other sides during finals day to earn their spots in the grand finale on the main pitch.

An unfortunate injury shortly after half-time of the showpiece match however brought a lengthy pause in play, during which time players and coaches moved to shake hands and call it evens.

Mr Anderson, head of rugby at defending champions The Perse School, said there was no hesitation in their side of the decision.

“Some things are more important than winning and losing," he commented. "It’s a real shame that the boy got injured but I think it was the right thing to do.

“It’s just fantastic that they get to play on this pitch. A lot of these boys actually support Saints so it’s something they can definitely aspire to, it’s an inspiration."

Having presented the two captains with the trophy, Elite Insurance Sevens Series coordinator Will Parkin commended the sides.

"I think it was a fitting end to this year’s tournament," he said. “The whole day, as well as the regionals before it, were played in great spirit and while it was unfortunate to end the very last game early, to see King Edward and The Perse share the trophy is fantastic moment and says a lot about the two schools.

“It was a great way to end what has been another record year for the Elite Insurance Sevens Series. We had over 100 schools take part across six regional tournaments and another brilliant finals day with the 12 teams here today.

“To get the chance to play in a stadium like Franklin’s Gardens, I think the competition is unique in that aspect in the Premiership and none of this would be possible without the continued support and backing of Elite Insurance.

“We’re already looking forward to a fifth year of the Elite Insurance Sevens Series.”

In the day’s two other finals, Northampton School for Boys overcame Holywell to win the Plate competition, while Marston Vale took home the Bowl following victory against St Ivo.

The Elite Insurance Sevens Series is a unique tournament that gives young rugby players the opportunity to hone their skills at one of the Olympic Games' newest sports. To find out more or register your interest for 2016/17, visit www.elite-rugby.co.uk

2016 ELITE INSURANCE SEVENS SERIES FINALS DAY

CUP
WINNERS KES Stratford (Oxfordshire) and The Perse (Cambridgeshire) Shared

PLATE
WINNERS Northampton School for Boys (Northamptonshire)
RUNNERS-UP Holywell (Bedfordshire)

BOWL
WINNERS Marston Vale (Bedfordshire)
RUNNERS-UP St Ivo (Cambridgeshire)