On the 8th December, we hosted our prestigious Straits Cup Rugby Sevens at U16 and U18 levels. Teams from all over the region entered the tournament, making it one of the biggest school boy competitions in Southeast Asia. Our new look 1st team displayed great perseverance and commitment to the Marlborough cause, even though they were one of the youngest teams in the competition. Although several games came down to one score, we were unlucky not to finish higher in the group stages. Our U16 had quite the opposition route through the group and knockout stages with some sublime individual and team performances throughout the day. The team have had an exceptional season winning the U16 UWC Cup earlier in the year, so were well placed to compete for silverware coming into the day. The team showed their pedigree with convincing wins in all their group stage matches. In the semi-final, the team faced ISKL, who always compete hard with a confrontational style of rugby. The boys held nerve to win 15-10 and progress into the final. The final was against last years’ winners, Tanglin Trust School, who had convincingly beaten every team they had come up against at that point. Tanglin played with great structure, pace, and attacking flair and found themselves 19-0 up after six and a half minutes. At this point, nobody would have given Marlborough a chance of winning, however, Will Roué gave the U16s a lifeline with an audacious chip and chase on the last play of the half to send the boys into the break 19-7 down. After some highly motivating words of wisdom from Mr Scott, the U16s started the second half determined. Two tries from Jack Trotter within 4 minutes put Marlborough equal with Tanglin with 3 minutes to play, the game was poised for Marlborough to clinch a victory. Some great defensive work saw the ball turned over in the Tanglin half. The crowd were going wild, Will Roué managed to escape the Tanglin defence with some lightning footwork to score a try, for a Marlborough win 26-19. The whole team, expertly led by Fraser Tulloch, showed immense determination, resilience and mental toughness to make this comeback and truly embodied what Marlborough sport is all about. The MVP was Jack Trotter for his relentless physicality and line breaking ability, but there were also incredible efforts from Lorcan Mooney for putting in some game-changing tackles, Markus Medcraft for controlling the play at scrum-half and Derek Lee for his incredible work rate.