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Silver Bugles Shine at Saxony Sevens

Rifles Sevens squad known as the ‘Silver Bugles’ took up the invitation to BAG rugby to enter the Saxony Sevens. The host club club Dresden where joined by several Berlin based teams as well as Helibronn from southern Germany and the much fancied Sevens specialists from Wroclaw in Poland. Against a backdrop of Saxony’s Annual Medieval Festival and bright sunshine the scene was set for a good day’s sevens rugby.

First up for the Silver Bugles were Tower Rugby Chemnitz. This eastern German team were no sevens specialists but were certainly physical and made the team work hard for a 25-0 victory. Next up were RG 88 Potsdam from the German second division. From the kick off the German’s seemed intent on seeking contact and nearly went over in the opening minute. Weathering the storm, the Silver Bugles eventually found holes out wide and scored freely. A change of personnel at half time saw the team home 50-0 with Pte Andrew Stansbury SPS directing operations from half back.

Next up were the pre-tournament favourites from Poland who had been handing out drubbings to the other teams in the pool. The first kick off was recieved and passsed back out of heavy tackles until Wroclaw’s Polish International winger broke from deep and outstirpped the defence to score. This galavnised the team who then responded with 3 quick scores before routing the Poles 40-5. A great effort where power in the breakdown transferred itself onto the score board with Rfn Cama, Rfn Roko and Rfn Tango doing the damage out wide.

The semi final was against the Dresden Exiles who are made up from players from the University with recruits from all around the globe. Again the Silver Bugles conceded early and despite getting back on level terms at halftime there was a feeling that if the Exiles could keep the ball for longer periods that they could do some damage. The Silver Bugles forwards led by Maj Matt Helsby then kept the ball tight, staying strong in the tackle and off loading to close support runners. Maj John Williams (the former EME) who was guesting for the team barged over to score twice before a surging run from Capt Ben Cottenden set up Rfn Kato for the final score 20-5 and the Silver Bugles moved into the final.

The other semi final saw the Poles who were still recovering take on another multi-national outfit TSG Helibron. A fiesty affair saw the Poles win with a disputed score right on the whistle to go through 12-10.

The final was a case of whether the Poles could stand up to the heavy tackling of the Silver Bugles and within 5 secs of the restart a huge hit from Williams pushed the Poles back deep into the 22. The Silver Bugles continued in the same vein and managed to take a 20-0 lead at halftime. Using the full bench of 5, the replacements added to score and the Poles were buried 42-0.

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