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GB7s Edinburgh

The second leg of the GB7s saw the team travel up to Edinburgh, with the sun shining and the weather above the norm, this was the ideal conditions for a great event. The leagues changed from the previous week with the Reds in the pool stages up first against Samurai who were brimming with global talent.

Cpl Zack Vakasawaqa showing a shoulder to protect the ball for his scoring run under the postsCpl Zack Vakasawaqa showing a shoulder to protect the ball for his scoring run under the posts

The match kicked off with at a blistering pace with both teams up for the challenge, strong defence and attack saw the teams at the break equal with two converted tries. The second half saw the Reds buckling under the pressure from the professional players to let in four unanswered tries to see the final score 14-34, a great opener to the second leg and pool. Next up was England IPA who flew up that morning in preparation for Lyon, they were full of talent from the iRB series and looking up for the challenges of the day. From the kick off, the skills of Chris Cracknel in the air gave the advantage to England with support players causing havoc in the midfield to see them run it three converted tries to the Reds one by an interception that punished a solid defence. The second half saw the Reds compete at the same level as England scoring two tries each; the Reds support play was outstanding for an amateur team who embraced the challenges playing against a star studded professional outfit.

Pte Jack Prasad showing how to off load in the tackle to keep the attack alivePte Jack Prasad showing how to off load in the tackle to keep the attack alive

Finally the last pool game was against Apache who fielded a solid outfit which saw them finally beating the Reds 19-28 which left the Reds being placed into the Plate competition with a semi-final against Wailers. From the kick off the Wailer went in front by an interception to give them the lead, however, the Reds answered back scoring two tries to see them lead at the break 12-10. From the restart, the Reds applied the pressure seeing them run in three tries that set them up for the final beating the Wailers 31-17 at the final whistle.

Pte Ratu Bulumakau showing a hand off to the strong Samurai defencePte Ratu Bulumakau showing a hand off to the strong Samurai defence

The plate final was up against Crawsheys who had been playing some outstanding rugby throughout the competition and losing with the bounce of the ball going the wrong way. The Reds flew out of the blocks which saw Wise on fire scoring in 20 seconds must have been a record for the competition but also stunned the Crawsheys and the spectators. After the restart the game remained tight with the Reds leading by one score at the beat 21-14. The second half saw both teams apply the same pressure scoring two tries each which finally saw the difference in kicking by Cpl Zack Vakasawaqa giving the Reds the Plate win 33-24. Overall it was a great day seeing friends and families from around the rugby and military community before 1 Scots move to Belfast later in the year.

LCpl Waisale Navunidakua showing that a ninja tackle wont stop him even if it is EnglandLCpl Waisale Navunidakua showing that a ninja tackle wont stop him even if it is England

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