RUGBY: Hamplified Rugby Sevens Tournament

Saints and Lions in action in the Hamplified tournament
Saints and Lions in action in the Hamplified tournament
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Fundraising day for Matt Hampson Foundation

Rugby St Andrews hosted the second Hamplified sevens tournament as part of their annual fund raising day in aid of the Matt Hampson Foundation.

Four of Rugby’s clubs were competing; Rugby Lions, AEI, OLs and Saints plus welcome visitors Cosby RFC from neighbouring Leicestershire, writes Rod Blinco.

Amidst some sparkling skillful rugby there were also plenty of pre-season howlers, which were noisily applauded or derided in equal measure by a good natured and knowledgeable crowd intent on enjoying the occasion.

All the games were sportingly contested with even the underdogs having their moments of spectacular success but, fittingly the final game of the round robin pitched the only unbeaten sides against each other to decide who would be tournament winners.

OLs ‘Racing Snakes’, an established sevens outfit and last year’s winners, faced hosts Saint Andrews, having run up over 100 points in their three previous games.

Saints had scored 77 points but a niggardly defence had conceded only three tries, so a combative crunch game was anticipated.

They set the early pace and looked to be comfortably in control with three unconverted tries but OLs regrouped and two converted tries closed the gap to a single point. The closing stages were tense as both sides probed for the decisive score and it was Saints, running turnover ball from their 22, who grabbed it, allowing Jason Warren to touch down between the posts and convert for a 22-14 victory.

This was a great sporting day for a great cause and an appropriate curtain raiser for the musical festival, the first sounds of which were drifting across the pitch as the final was drawing to a close.

The path to the final

Saints 19 - Cosby nil

OLs 29 - Cosby 7

Saints 32 - AEI 7

OLs 57 - AEI 14

Saints 26 - Rugby 14

OLs 24 - Rugby 12

PICTURE BY DAVID LEATHLEY