Marlborough Compeed 7s compete in the third leg of the Secure Trading Super Sevens Series
By Leila Nairne
Not such a good day for the boys
On Saturday 15th June, Marlborough Compeed 7s competed in the third leg of the Secure Trading Super Sevens Series which was being hosted at Newbury RFC. As this was a local tournament for our boys, a few hardened supporters came to watch. The weather was pretty awful, watching Marlborough 15s in the winter getting wet and cold is bad enough, never mind the sevens when it is supposed to be summer.
Again, player numbers were a little down, as sadly one of our rivals, the British Army also had an elite men’s team entered. They had commandeered some of our players and unfortunately you can’t argue against the Army bosses. We were also carrying some injuries and so it was going to be a difficult day all round.
The first pool game was at midday which was against Student Select who we had beaten previously. Unfortunately, they turned the tables and they won 35 – 7.
Next up the boys were against the series leaders Samurai RFC and they gave us pasting, winning 39 – 0. It was a tough match and they were on their ‘A’ game punishing Marlborough’s every mistake. To make things worse, the weather got wet and windy – not great sevens conditions.
The boys had still managed to get through to the Bowl semi-final where they played Nigeria Exiles, winning 24 -12. The weather had brightened up and so had the lads, they were enjoying themselves and the game was much more free flowing with some great passes and as usual Knoxy doing his best to flatten as many opponents as possible. There is still life in the old dog yet (though I am sure his body complained the next morning).
Then it was the final of the Bowl, Marlborough Compeed were up against Stunts who won 17 -12. There were some decisions that just didn’t go our way, but that’s rugby and they live to fight another day.
This Saturday (28th June) is the final leg of the Super Sevens Series which is being hosted at Ealing Trailfinders in London. Currently, Marlborough Compeed lay 9th in the table, so hopefully they may be able to go a couple of places better. There are still a good number of upcoming tournaments and the boys will be off to the US for Rugbytown in August, so there is plenty to look forward to.