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7s Rugby: Men’s Marauders and Wooden Spoon Women’s Match Reports 2019

Read below the Wooden Spoon men’s and women’s 7s rugby match reports from 2019.

21 April: Winchester 7s rugby

The first run out for our Wooden Spoon Marauders Men’s and two of our Wooden Spoon Women’s teams (red & blue). The men’s team won the cup final beating a top Fijian UK Club side Nakelo Spartans 25-14. It was a great day for our women’s teams as they both reached the final unbeaten, resulting in the Blue’s beating the Red’s 42-5. Both winning sides move forward to qualify to play in the RFU regional tournament, played in Bath in the summer.

28 April: Sunshine 7s, Sussex.

It was a good day at East Grinstead Sunshine 7s as Wooden Spoon Marauders 7s men’s team made the semi-final of the cup, with a team of new faces and young talent. They exceeded all expectations, but lost to the Jesters who then went on to beat Apache Raiders in the final.

4-5 May: Kinsale 7s rugby

The first day started well against one of the tournament favourites the Wailers 24-24, the men then went on to beat Camarthan Warriors 24-5 and Ra Ra Rosters 31-7. However, a mix up on the scores cost Wooden Spoon Marauders top seeding for the second day placing them in the harder pool.

Sunday started against Ponty Butchers with a narrow loss 17-19 over two disputed conversions that left the side feeling ‘quite hard done by’. The Spoon rebounded in the second game winning against Rex Club Red Kites 41-27, then moving on to beat Wild Geese 29-0 to set up the semi final against Sherrards Assassins. This was a hard fought match with the Wooden Spoon Marauders taking an early lead with two tries. Unfortunately, the Assassins fought back to take the lead and two tries later the sides were only separated by a 2 point conversion with the Assassins narrowly winning.

The Assassins went on to lose the final to the Wailers, the Wooden spoon Marauders first opponents of the weekend, who we drew with. All in all a good weekend was had by all leaving the Men with one tournament title and 2 semi finals to date and looking forward to Guildford.

18 May: Guildford 7s rugby

The Wooden Spoon Marauders Men’s and Women’s sides completed almost the perfect preparation for the second half of their season with an outing to Guildford to play in the UR7’s on Saturday 18th May.

The Men’s side fielded an experimental line up designed to give some new young players a start. They started well against Preseli Barbarians drawing and then again beating Marlborough but lost to Apache and Akuma Beavers to go into the plate competition where they narrowly lost to a strong Nomads side finishing runners up.

The Women again fielding a development squad had a great start beating Guildford Gazelles, then Scottys Tigers and Nomads Development to win their group and win a place in the main cup semi-final against Trojans. The ladies beat Trojans with many club players playing against each other and more used to playing together. This qualified the Women for a final showdown against the main Nomads side who proved to strong for our development squad. Nevertheless in the circumstances finishing as finalists was a good result.

Both sides now go to Brunel University for training before departing to Heathrow and the International Amsterdam 7’s with full strength squads to compete against some of the top sides in the world at club level and several IRB Countries. The Men’s side is lead by Charlie Rooke this year and the Women by Welsh International Mel Clay and both captains are full of optimism for the weekend.

22-23 June: Newquay 7s rugby

The Wooden Spoon Marauders Men’s team completed a successful day on Saturday at the Newquay Doombar Rugby 7’s. The tournament was played in glorious sunshine featuring a wide range of teams competing for the 2019 title. The Wooden Spoon Marauders featuring some new players had to quickly gel against a strong Badgers side who played some physical competitive rugby. However the skills of the Marauders shone through and they easily outpaced their opponent scoring a number of well worked tries and only conceding one.

The second game the Wooden Spoon Marauders faced Gin Binned easily beating them despite their superior size by outpacing them and playing touch line to touchline effective 7’s stretching their defence and creating the space to score.

The third game saw the Spoons face Aniers and again they were no match as the men started to play some slick 7’s rugby triumphing to win a place in the quarter finals.

After lunch the spoons faced a tough Fijian side from the Royal Navy and the men managed to rush their attacking game preventing the offload game and forcing many errors and turnovers allowing the Wooden Spoon Marauders to triumph 4 tries to 2. Now in the semi final the men continued their strong defensive play and creative attack to again win, however the injuries were beginning to take their toll with 3 of the 12 man squad now out injured and tiredness in the rest of the squad starting to show.

The final was simply a bridge to far and after a good day a bright fit UR7’s side featuring a number of England development players side overcame the Marauders to win by a good margin and result in a well earned win. Nevertheless the Wooden Spoon Marauders had had a good day and were delighted in the progress a number of their players had made both personally and as a team.

All in all, a fantastic day for the Wooden Spoon Marauders Women’s team too. Beginning with a walkover from Pencoed, the Women’s team had a brilliant start beating Weekend Warriors 54-0, then Royal Logistics Corps 42-10 and Bath 57-7 in the quarter final, securing them a place in the semi-final against Nomads Emerging. The ladies stormed Nomads Emerging resulting in a triumph of 50-0, qualifying them for the final against Nomads. The ladies just missed out on the title with Nomads winning 22-24, finishing as well-deserved finalists.

Well done to the whole squad on a good weekend! However notable performances were made by Katie Thicker winning Player of the tournament, Dan Howells at flyhalf and Josh Qio at centre and Callum Mactaggart at scrum half and in the forwards Harrison Edgson who we are pleased to say has made a full recovery following a collision in the semi final.

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