The sun was out again as the Borgata travelled to Olney trying to claim back to back 7's titles following the recent success at Nottingham.
Once again unavailability of certain core players meant a completely new look team with Trowbridge flyer James Davis and Hartpury stepper Charlie Hubert making debuts, whilst Newton Abbot centre Kev Dennis and Cornwall 8 BJ Chapman played their first 7s of the year accompanied by the elusive legend that is Chim Gale.
An early start to the day saw a scrappy win against the Hammerheads 31- 7 and unfortunately a tournament ending injury to Joe Collingham (a theme of the day), after a brief recovery period an appearance on the main pitch resulted in a 44 - 7 win against Wrong Direction with the team at last showing signs of improvement and rhythm. The pool decider against the 7 Dwarves proved to be an epic as despite trailing with time running out a last ditch Joe `Knight try resulted in a narrow 24-22 win against the class outfit in our pool. The final pool game against old rivals the Qube was another physical affair but the lads did enough to record a 26-17 win and a clean 4 from 4 in the pool stages.
Having already played and won 4 pool games the injuries then took their toll. Joe C and James D were unable to play any further part and BJ, Will and Joe K were struggling to play also leaving the threadbare squad to take on Harpenden in the quarters. Despite some early errors the team came good with Chim Gale rolling back the years to go coast to cost in a 26 -12 win.
The semi against the Assasins was however to prove a bridge too far, against a quality team who dominated the early exchanges we were unable to get a foothold in the game and looked fatigued and sloppy in possession succumbing far to easily in a game which we could have won.
Although disappointing not to record another win the quality of the debutants and the returning lads showed that there is great depth in the squad and plenty of promise for the future. Special mention to Charlie on a fine debut with 6 tries and to the returning Kev Dennis for a great shift in defence and attack, and the barnstorming runs of Jacob Unwin.
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