Llandovery College proved themselves to be true champions by beating rivals Coleg Sir Gar in a thrilling final of the Urdd 7s tournament.
The Llandovery team, made up of boys from Years 11, 12 and 13, triumphed 29-24 thanks to a superb try following a sudden death situation in extra time.
Pupils from the best rugby playing schools in Wales and the eight quarter-finalists from the Urdd sevens tournament in March had been chosen to play in the Gemau Cymru Sevens in Cardiff on July 14th.
Coleg Sir Gar, who had won the National Schools Sevens in Rosslyn Park, London in March, were the hot favourites with, Bridgend College and the North Wales Academy side Coleg Llandrillo all fancied along with schools such as Whitchurch, Llandovery College and Glantaf.
Llandovery College won its first game 38-0 against Llanhari and the second game 28-5 before progressing to the second pool to beat Whitchurch 24-5 and then lose to Coleg Sir Gar 26-17. College then played Bro Morgannwg from the other pool who were dispatched 29-12.
This then led to the eagerly awaited final with Coleg Sir Gar. Llandovery College got off to a poor start with serious lapses in defence allowing Sir Gar to take a 17-0 lead. Only a try before half -time gave Llandovery a crumb of comfort but 17-5 down through a try by Daf Hughes was still a big mountain to climb in the second half.
Despite another try by Sir Gar, the College clawed back through a Jordan Chan try wide out, a penalty try through an obstruction on Jack Thorburn and then a fine break by Chris Williams in the final seconds of the match, converted by Owen Howe to level the game at 24 -24.
The fight back against the odds to level had been unbelievable and showed real dogged determination.
The game however now went to extra time, sudden death and College re-started by having to kick off to Sir Gar but having received the ball, one of their players kicked it back to Llandovery. At this moment Llandovery put together one of their best passages of play by firstly getting the ball into space and then moving it wide from one wing and engaging their defence before switching play right across field to the other where Jedd Evans took on the defence and threaded the ball through, bobbling just inside the try line for Owen Howe to chase through and pounce to score the winning try to win the Tournament 29-24.