19th June 2017

ROUND 2 – MAIDENHEAD REPORT

June 10th at Maidenhead turned out to be the sunshine 7s with clear skies and the 4G pitch producing yet another outstanding high-speed and high-scoring tournament with a few surprises and tense finishes.

Whilst some of the first-round pool games went to form, Scimitar Exiles got the better of England IPF and Jamaica came out on top against J9 Bears before coming down to earth against Jesters in the second round. Marauders squandered a 19-point lead to fall to Apache.

For the British Army, Barracudas and Irish Wolfhounds it was business as usual in the pool stages whilst Wailers had a bad day in the office progressing into the plate along with England IPF, Marauders and J9 Bears.

It was a close call in the first quarter final before the Army finally hung on to get past Apache, whilst Barracudas, Wolfhounds and Jesters dispatched Esher, Jamaica and Exiles respectively in the other quarters.

The first semi saw a clash of the Bury finalists which was drawn for most of the game before Barracudas finally got past the Army 19 – 7. The second semi was end-to-end stuff ending in a draw at full time but it was Jesters who scored the golden try in extra time to get past Wolfhounds and progress to the final.

England IPF went on to beat Marauders in the plate final before Jesters took on a Barracudas team that had a real Barbarian-style player selection, with five different nationalities represented. We all enjoyed what turned out to be a scintillating final with Barracudas scoring in almost the last play of the game to take the trophy 12 – 7.

The Player of the Tournament went to Naca Kinikinilau of Jesters.

We now move on to Worcester Six Ways on 1st July.

9th June 2017

LOOKING FORWARD TO ROUND 2 – MAIDENHEAD – 10th JUNE 2017

As the iPro Sport Super Sevens Series moves to Maidenhead for round 2, the Army head the table with Samurai Barracudas following in second place. There is no doubt that round 2 is massively important as teams jockey for position to ensure they are well placed to compete for the coveted SSS title. An in form Army side will be difficult to beat as will Ireland who have a full IQ programme in place as they work towards RWC 7s and the next Olympics.

The Samurai Barracudas team will be Captained by Luke Crocker knowing full well that a good performance is needed to keep them in the hunt. The Barracudas team selected for Maidenhead will include no less than 7 new caps to the #SamuraiFamily who will undoubtedly all cherish the opportunity to impress. John Brake will once again coach the team fresh from the teams runner up position at Bury St Edmunds.

Barracudas team selection:

22nd May 2017

ROUND UP OF ROUND 1 – BURY ST EDMUNDS 7th MAY 2017

The sunshine and 3500 spectators made their way to Bury St Edmunds RFC for the first leg of the 2017 iPro Super Sevens Series which produced some of highest quality 7s ever seen outside of the IRB Series.

With International sides represented by England IPF, Irish Wolfhounds, France and Jamaica alongside Premiership sides from Northampton Saints and Worcester Warriors the challenge was on for the top invitational sides in the country, however it after some outstanding rugby in the pool section it was British Army Reds and Samurai Barracudas the emerged from the knock out sections to advance to the Cup Final.

Whilst Samurai had played their usual high standard attacking game the Army side had had a slow start to the tournament but improved throughout the day saving their best till last with an emphatic victory in the final running out 36 – 5 winners over a battling Samurai side.

The series now moves onto Maidenhead RFC on Saturday 10th June where the 4G pitch guarantees another fast-paced exiting event. First game kicks off at 10.30 or arrive early to watch the British Lions as they take on Crusaders in New Zealand.

2nd May 2017

iPRO SPORT ANNOUNCED AS HEADLINE PARTNER OF THE SUPER SEVENS SERIES

IP2543 - iPro Sport Super Sevens 2017 Composite Logo-01With less than a week to go before the opening leg of the 2017 Series at Bury St Edmunds on Sunday 7th May, we are delighted to announce that iPro Sport have joined the Super Sevens Series as Headline Sponsors.

iPro Sport are fast becoming the leading supplier of Isotonic Sports Drinks to the world of sport. From professional athletes to grass-root clubs and universities, iPro Sport is the natural choice of hydration drink in the UK and across the globe.

Sophie Christy, Commercial Director of iPro Sport, said:

“We are thrilled to be teaming up with the 2017 Super Sevens Series; the premier showcase of Elite Invitational Rugby 7s with representative teams from England, Ireland, Jamaica and the British Army competing against some of the best  invitational sides around.

We are extremely committed to educating sports people on the health and performance benefits of our products. To be chosen as the Preferred Hydration Drink of the 2017 Super Sevens Series and the Hydration Drink of choice of the players further demonstrates that sports people are becoming more aware of what they should be hydrating their bodies with to maintain peak performance and aid recovery.”

Terry Sands, Co Founder of Super Sevens Series UK Commented:

“The Super Sevens Series (SSS) was created to provide a platform to showcase the best in Elite and Development Sevens across the country so we are delighted to welcome iPro Sport on board which underwrites our values and commitments to player welfare. Sevens is physically demanding sport and at SSS we strive to deliver the best tournament and support facilities outside of the IRB Tour along side key strategic Partners such as iPro Sport.”

You can enjoy the iPro Sport Super Sevens Series Experience at the following venues:

bluedot Bury St Edmunds RUFC – Sunday 7th May
bluedot Maidenhead RUFC – Saturday 10th June
bluedot Worcester RFC (Sixways)- Saturday 1st July
bluedot Bath RFC (The Rec) – Saturday 29th July