After a disappointing exit in the quarter finals at the Bournemouth 7s last week the Army team bounced back with a tremendous set of victories in the ‘elite section’ of a very competitive London Summer Social 7s competition at Richmond on Saturday.
Placed in what was arguably the strongest pool, they defeated a tough Welsh Wizards team 17 -14 in match one before dispatching a young but skillful Samurai Bulldogs in game two 29 – 12, leaving only Apache Braves to play in pool game three and a comfortable win 35 – 10 marched them into the quarter finals against the Irish Exiles.
Their fourth game in three hours pitted a well know opposition; the Irish Exiles in a do or die match, but excellent support play and powerful running sore the RED 7s power into the semi finals 26 – 7. The semis were against the RFU Wooden Spoon team featuring some familiar faces, but great attacking pace gave the RED 7s a well earned 35 – 7 victory and a slot in the final.
At just before 8pm, with the light fading and a full grandstand at the Richmond Athletic ground, the Army faced a very strong ‘Belief Bands’ team, a sharp, skillful and fast running set of players. Both teams played some dazzling rugby 7s; the Bandits took the lead and shortly after the Army were awarded a yellow card, but even when down to 6 players produced some superb rugby and managed to take the lead 7 – 5.
After a 20 minute final, the seventh game of a very long day and 7 hrs since the first ball was kicked the Army 7s earned a highly entertaining win running out 21 – 14 victors, a great day and fantastic effort. We’re at the Newquay Surf 7s next on Sat 27 June, come and say hello if your in the area.