After a season with plenty of ups and downs, the Bamboos men’s team were eventually rewarded with a well-deserved Cup win at the very last 7s tournament of the season last Saturday in Bath at the Avon 7s.
In their third attempt to win this competition, the men in green managed to get through the day unbeaten. However, the road to victory wasn’t an easy one.
In the opening match, our side, which was boosted by four German national players, faced a very solid and smart playing Whitehead Stags team. It took the Bamboos a while to get used to each other and only a single converted try lead to a 7:0 victory.
However, in the second match against Rangers 7s, the team showed a lot more quality and proved their ambition to turn this day into a special one. A convincing 45:0 win, gave the Bamboos plenty of confidence which was needed for the final pool match, where we faced our old rivals Godfathers Rugby, one of the longest running and most respected 7s sides in the UK.
Lead by captain Alex Hughes who recovered from an Achilles injury, the team seemed to find a way to break the very strong Godfathers defense. Six times, the Bamboos crossed the try line during the game, with only one try conceded.
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With 92 scored points and only one conceded try during the pool stage, the Bamboos entered the quarter-finals, where they face a very strong Cubs team, which turned out to be the closest and toughest match of the day. Despite a strong start with three tries, the Cubs found a way back into the match and only a missed conversation in the last minute by the opponents avoided to go into extra time and a potential crash out.
In the semis, we faced once again the Godfathers and expectedly this experienced team, were a lot stronger than in our first meeting, however, the boys stuck to the game plan and booked the ticket for the final with another solid and composed performance.
In the final, we faced the Wizards of Wales, one of many class Welsh 7s team, which have won plenty of titles in the past. However, on this day, it was the team in green and white which had enough power in the tank to finish the match off and win the prestigious Cup.
7 BAMBOOS RFC | TEAM SHEET
JARROD SAUL, KRIS RICHARDS, MORGAN CHURCHILL, ALEX HUGHES, LIAM MC STAY, TIM BINIAK, JOHN DAWE, NIKLAS HOHL, BEN WEST, BEN MC STAY, JAMES OSOLA, ALEX ONYEAHASI, VICTOR CHUJOR