Kinsale 7s - 2017

Our first trip to compete in the Elite category at the prestigious Heineken Kinsale 7's in Ireland proved to be a great success and a fantastic start to the season. With a young and inexperienced squad we faced the daunting prospect of a loaded pool 1 featuring Welsh powerhouses the Warriors and the Butchers, SS7 side the Exiles and top Scots side the Waterboys. Game 1 was alsways going to be crucial and a reunion with our friends the Warriors on the main pitch was a fitting way to start. Welsh power dominated the early exchanges as we fell behind early but some great counter attack and the injection of pace late on saw us edge a tight match and make the perfect start. Next game against the Waterboys highlighted that we still have some way to go as defence let us down against a very slick opponent and despite some great scores we suffered our first loss. Last game on day 1 was against the Oloron Ponty Butchers and it was a classic! The lead changed hands reguarly in a tight game but we managed to previal at the end with yet another last ditch try. 2 wins and 1 loss from day 1 meant that a win int he final pool game against the Scimitar Exiles would be enough to get us through to the cup. The game followed previous patterns as we fell behind early only to improve as the game went on and seal a close 19-17 win against another top side. The cup semi final pitted us against the Assasins and a greeat chance to reach the final. Unfortunatelty things started badly as they dominated early possession and stretched our their lead. As in the other games we came back strongly and got right back in the game only for some contenious refereeing decisions to cost us dearly in the end and deny us a cup final appearance. A great first tournament and some great young debutants bodes well for the coming season. You can see some of the highlights below.