Welbeck 1st XV started their 2017/18 campaign in fine style with a tournament win at Wellingborough School. With eight new lower 6th in their ranks Welbeck beat the much fancied hosts Wellingborough in their opener two tries to one and then went on to defeat QE Barnet and Bedford Modern in the final. The final performance was particularly pleasing as it finished 13 points to nil. Half back pairing and new recruits James Kilburn and Jack O’Regan gelled particularly well and this combined with powerful carries from captain Paddy McGrath and Evan Watts proved decisive. The 1st XV now look forward to their Nat West Vase fixture against old foes Leicester Grammar School on Wed 13th Sept (away ko 1630).