The ULR Samurai Barracudas won the 1st leg of the UK domestic Super 7s Series on Sunday with a convincing 45 - 14 win against Templar 7.
The Samurai team coached by former Australian 7s international Tim Walsh and Captained by Mark Bright of Tasman Mako's put in a businesslike performance in the final. Templars had faced a tough semi final against Northampton Saints who scored 2 tries through Noah Cato but Templars Matt Hodson scored a well taken try a minute from the end, to take them through to face the Barracudas.
The Barracudas had not had it all their own way despite coming from their pool unbeaten. Apache gave them a real scare as they went 2 tries up to lead 14 - 5 at half time in the first quarter final of the day. Barracudas held their nerve fighting back with 3 second half tries from Andy Vilk, Luke Smart and Ed Telwright to add to John Rudd's first half effort.
The Semi final also ended up as a close affair despite Samurai scoring 3 first half tries against their old foe's HFW Wailers. The Wailers team coming back in the second half with 2 with tries from Hamish Smales and Ollie Marchom with Samurai running out winners 19 - 14 to make it to the final of the Bury Premier Sevens tournament.
The next stop for Samurai is the Amsterdam 7s on the 19th/20th May.
ULR Samurai Barracudas Team.
Mark Bright (Capt) Luke Smart, Will Brock, John Carter, Andy Vilk, Jack Walsh, Will Thomas, John Rudd, Mike Canty, Ed Telwright & Tim Walsh (Player/Coach)