Next up on the 7s calendar was a trip to Amsterdam to participate in the cities premier 7s competition played over the same weekend as the iRB Women’s 7s series. The Army made up with a number of new players selected from the Divisional and Army 7s competition started well with a great opener playing against Rosapietro & Bernabei from Italy winning 33-0 seeing new players get a first game under the belt with a win. Sadly for the team, our speedster Bish was injured as he ran down the sideline of the football pitch into pothole which made him retire from the competition. Next up in the pool were Castricum, a local team which played with passion and also had the local support. Great team work and strong defence saw the Reds capatilise on the mistakes running four tries to one at the final whistle (24-7). Final the game of the day was the national team Danish Vikings, a team which we have played before and have a great deal of respect. From the off, the Reds were on fire, running in three unanswered tries followed by three more in the second half. This saw a final score of 34-7 and Ice scoring a hatrick of tries. The second day wasn’t like the first, the Reds were entered in another pool of games which you had to win to progress through the day, first up were Nyenrode New Business School who were a team made up from southern hemisphere players who knew how to play rugby and pressurised the Reds from the kick off scoring two tries to one giving a lead of 7-14 at the break, however, the second half was a different affair. Strong defence saw the Reds stop a barrage of pressure to finally collapsing after the Reds skipper was substituted for being kicked on the ground which resulted in a broken collar bone and a final score 24-14. Disappointed, the Reds went on to play Germany Development which also was a passionate affair, the Reds played with a great deal of passion and enthusiasm which saw the final score 28-14. Not a great second day for the Reds but a day that the team saw a number of new players develop and more importantly the team got to know each other better developing the leadership skills both on and off the pitch.
Overall a disappointing competition for many reasons; losing key players and not winning a game on the second day, however, the spirit of a team is how we respond and we look forward to starting the GB7s series next week. A good experience for all which saw a number of new players being blooded for the first time and showing a great deal of promise.