On the basis that I’m falling behind with my 365 Sporting Days I really am going to make this event more of a Phlog than a blog. Although as this was an evening event so the photos may get a bit dodgy as you can see things progress.
I was lucky enough to have media access for the 7’s at the Stoop -that meant I was able to arrive nice and early and get cracking on editing some cricket photos.
I was sat next to the lovely Emma-Louise Vetriano who was at the Stoop reporting to Opta Stats – It was then pretty amazing that I got a match facts equal after each game. So, in effect Emma-Louise’s work is going to pad out my blog – Thank you!
I hadn’t been able to be at any of the pool matches due to other commitments but was looking forward to seeing the speedy men on display. As a rule this tournament is an opportunity for the bright young things of Premiership and this year the Welsh regions to shine.
It was therefore something of a surprise that the Wasps squad included – Christian Wade, Joe Simpson and Elliot Daly amongst others – that did feel rather against the spirit of the competition – but I for one was looking forward to seeing the Wasps stars in action!
I’ve only really watched 7’s rugby in the last few years and on first seeing the game I must admit I wondered what on earth was going on! But having now been to a few days worth I get it! It’s quite fascinating to see a player running in the wrong direction, when you realise they’re looking for space to then launch forward it all makes sense!
As a big rugby league fan I’d say a lot of the skill sets are the same, speed is one of the most important factors and that hold for both games. I’d say 7’s tournaments would be a good hunting ground for league teams.
In common with rugby league again you never have that moment when you look up at a top class player and try to understand how someone of that build could make it in the sport – no ‘prop’ type builds in evidence.
The stats tell the story of the games and the eventual winners, I have a soft spot for Wasps – they’re the reason I started watching club rugby and I always want them to do well, but a small part of me was happy they didn’t quite make it as Final winners.
I was however pleased to see Exeter Chiefs young team win the Plate Final – I have a bit of a vested interest as one of my colleague’s nephews – Pete Laverick was playing.
Congratultions went to the Newport Gwent Dragons – the 7’s win should kick start their season!