Dardan Security Sevens Plate Champions 2019
With an early start to the day, we trekked to the Dardan 7s in our convoy and upon arrival we began warming up for a long, exciting day ahead. With only a couple of training sessions to prepare, we had the mindset of being the underdogs of the tournament wanting to cause an upset. The game plan was to keep the ball alive, have a patient defence and restrict any form of kicking to retain possession. The teams that we faced were L&Y RFC, Gotham City Goats, Queens RFC, Brick Pizza Tossers and Rum’ns 7’s.
In our first game against L&Y RFC, the boys found it hard to adapt to the 7s playstyle. However, once we got a few tries under our belt, we played with confidence and made the game our own. We won our first game of the tournament 33-0. The next set of games were also won with ease. Managing to beat the Gotham City Goats 19-0, Queens RFC 38-12 and Brick Pizza Tossers 28-7. In the last pool game of the day, we finally found a competent adversary.
The game against Rum’ns 7’s was not our best show of 7s skill. Once they got a couple of points ahead of us, our heads and performance began to drop. With offloads not going to hand and getting beaten by pace on the wings, we found ourselves defeated 36-7. In spite of this, we knew that they were not much better than us and we still had the potential to win this tournament.
Finishing 2nd in the round robin stage, qualified us for a semi-final against Gotham City Goats. Despite beating them earlier, we knew that we were still in for a close game. In a back and forth struggle of scoring points against each other, we managed to escape with 14-12 win. This put us in the final against Rum’ns 7’s.
Heading into our next game, the boys looked confident and ready to surmount the final 14-minute challenge ahead. Louie and Bollocks structured and executed the attack flawlessly. Alongside, Ethan and Jay provided the brute force that we needed to cross the gain line every single time. Each member of the team worked tirelessly around the pitch in attack and defence. Oscar, the unsung hero of the final game, made a tournament saving tackle in the last seconds of the game. Once the whistle had blown, we had become champions of the Dardan 7s Open Social.
Overall, it was an amazing day which represented Norwich Medics talent and a moment to be proud of in the history of the club. A wonderful night of celebrations ensued, with all the boys donning their 7s kit for the whole duration of the pub crawl and night out later in the evening.
"Il Capitano" Philip Ascough