Wellington College were named Colts Champions after coming from behind to clinch victory with a try from the very last play of the game, defeating Millfield 19-14.
On the way to the final, Wellington College had faced last year’s champions, Brighton College, as well as Harrow, and overcame Sedbergh in the semi-final with a late score to win 17-14.
Millfield had reached the final with a 41-10 semi-final win over RGS High Wycombe, following victories over Uppingham and Woodhouse Grove.
In a tense final, the score was tied 7-7 at half time with a try a piece. Millfield scored a breakaway try to take the lead in the second half, but Wellington College drew level with only a minute to go after sustained pressure. As the clock signalled the end of normal time, Wellington College managed to regain possession before finishing with a try in the corner to seal victory.
The Previous Day’s Qualifying Rounds
Reigning champions, Brighton College, had been in fine form out in the sunshine on day one of the Colts’ competition, topping their group to qualify for the last 16 in the Wellington and Harrow half of the draw, both of whom were also unbeaten.
Uppingham qualified for the last 16 having earlier overcome Bedford in an incredibly tight group game which they won 33-31. Wimbledon College also came through a very close game with their 36-28 win over Llandovery College in the last 32.
Portsmouth Grammar School, Colston’s, Warwick, Woodhouse Grove, Dulwich College, Millfield, RGS High Wycombe, Sedbergh. Aylesbury Grammar School, Eton College, and Blundell’s rounded out the last 16 who progressed to the second day.