With the weather providing a typical British summer day of sunshine and showers the 2016 series kicked off in the style that would become the hallmark of the event. In Pool A GB Students came so close against Samurai and Wailers losing both 28-26 but Samurai were convincing winners V Wailers to top the Pool. In Pool B Forces Exiles were slow starters and an exciting decider saw the lead change 5 times before WS Marauders shaded Ireland 24-22. In Pool C was decided on points difference as Jamaica, Apache and Jesters each won one game. Pool D saw Guests Rugby Agents give a good account of themselves but ultimately England IPF and the Army Reds played off for pole position in yet another close encounter; 14-12 to England.

In the Cup quarterfinals Samurai recovered from 12-0 down to beat Ireland 26-19 and Apache took Army into extra time before losing.  In a third bruising QF Marauders had the extra fuel in their tanks to outrun Wailers whilst Guests Jamaica at least enjoyed the experience of having played a strong England team.
GB Students, who had savaged the Forces exiles and Rugby Agents, who surprised the Jesters in their semi-final, played in the Plate finals. GB Students though had pace and energy and the 46-14 score line was an accurate reflection on the game. Rugby Agents can however go home with a lot of respect from their performance on the day.
Whilst England were simply too classy for a tired Marauders side in their Semi-final Samurai versus the Army was possibly the toughest game of the day between two great exponents of the art of 7s,going into extra time before the Army secured their route to the final. It had taken it’s toll on them too and although they were up by two scores early on they then fell away as England’s pace, fitness and discipline showed. They dominated the final 10 minutes, scoring 7 tries to win the title 49–12. Most valuable Player award went to no 6 Cam Cowell, who seemed to be behind so many plays and contributed 4 tries and 20 conversions.
And so on to Round Two at Broadstreet on the 25th June.
Apache, Wailers, Forces Exiles and Jesters will be disappointed with flawed displays following a tight win against GB Students and will be motivated to improve. Ireland and GB Students will feel a little unlucky with the way things went and looking for a better rub of the green this time out. Marauders will be pleased with their start and seeking to take that forward, Samurai and he Army might expect to close out games better that this time and England, well they will feel confident that they can defend their position.
We welcome two new guest teams, Black Sheep and ISC Tornados. Both are relative newcomers to the circuit and they will be keen to see how far they have come in such a short time. All teams however will know now from Round One that the intensity and quality of the competition is beyond anything else they can expect in the UK this season.