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Army Inter Unit 7’s Finals Day

Army Inter Unit 7s Finals Day – Wed 16 May 12

The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards based in Fallingbostal Germany lifted the Army Inter Unit 7s Cup after 39 hard fought pulsating games of sevens, beating last years winners 17 Port & Maritime in a titanic final, flying Army winger LCpl Semesa Rokoduguni ran the show for the winners and his electric pace had some of the Army’s fastest unable to match his burst from a standing start.

The day had started at 1000hrs sharp for the mens competition with four pools of four, seeded teams included 5 Rifles and the Scots Dragoon Guards who had qualified having been the finalists of the British Army (Germany) competition the previous week and the 2 Bn The Royal Welsh who were the Army Cup runners up. Army premiership side 39 Engineer Regiment also arrived with 3 current Army fifteens players: Wessels, Seru and Nacamavuto giving intent that they weren’t just there to make the numbers up.

It was great to see the likes of 1 Bn R Irish, SEAE, 3 Regt AAC and ART Pirbright committing to the day and playing attractive sevens rugby.

The Womens Corps teams were represented by the Gunners, AGC, REME and a combined Corps ‘Barbarian’ team. After a league play off the Gunners and REME met in the final; it was the Gunners power that over came the REME skill and the Artillery ladies took the title. After 3 pool matches of the mens competition 17 Port, 5 Rifles, 39 Engrs and SDG were top of the pile of their relevant leagues. 2 Scots, 2 R Welsh, 3 Regt AAC and SEAE were their opposition in the quarter finals.

The match of the day had to be the quarter final between SEAE from Bordon v the SDG, after 14 minutes of sevens the game was tied at 21 a piece, the tankies from Germany managed to squeeze over and clinch the game in stoppage time but the REME team had pushed them to the very limit.

The semis pitched 17 Port and Maritime against 2 Bn R Welsh in a repeat of the Army Premiership Cup final, the maritime loggies pushed the boat out and battled past the ‘Welsh Warriors’, the SDG’s pushed the Engineers aside with blistering pace, the final was set to be a cracker. Before that the plate final was contested by 2 PWRR and 1 Bn R Irish, it was the Irish that jinked their way past the bigger opposition to top off a great day for them and lift the plate.

7 hours after the first game had kicked off last years reigning champions; 17 Port and Maritime faced up against the Germany winners the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, skill and flare was abundant from both teams, this was indeed sevens rugby at its very best, both teams crossed the line in the opening half and as they changed ends it was anyone’s game, the SGD’s pace in the end won the game and they lifted the trophy for the first time.

The community sevens had been an outstanding success, 250 players, and 20 officials had turned up to compete; all watched by the Army sevens coaching and management team who were there to watch the ‘known’ and spot the ‘unknown’ talent. The focus now switches to the Army sevens playing in the summer UK 7s competition, first up is the London 7s at Richmond RFC on Saturday 26 May followed by the Bournemouth festival over the weekend 2 – 3 June, come and support the REDS this summer, for more information please visit the Army 7s page.

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