Wandies Successfully Defend Sevens Title

As the IRB Sevens tournament reached its latter stages at Murrayfield stadium, the back pitches hosted a number of competitions including touch, junior and women??™s rugby.As the IRB Sevens tournament reached its latter stages at Murrayfield stadium, the back pitches hosted a number of competitions including touch, junior and women??™s rugby.

12 teams entered the women??™s tournament, including 2 invitational teams from England, the Eastern Boudiccas and Prem 1 team Blaydon. Wanderers were the only club to enter two teams, with the Pirates, complete with eye patches and pigeon the parrot as a mascot drawn in the same pool as the Wandies first team.

The Wandies and Pirates teams met earlier that expected in the competition, due to a reshuffle in the order of play. An entertaining game ensued, with the First IV (as you would hope!) scoring several tries to seal their first victory, through Harley Spectrum, Shepster, Zulfi and Lana ???I need a new liver??™ Blyth. The Pirates, with their team of mainly front 5 forwards, took the Wandies on up front, and at one point they looked like a score might be on, with Jules ???Nelly??™ Murciano selling a dummy to break the defensive line. However, the Wanderers defence scrambled back and the Pirates failed to get on the score sheet this time.

Wanderers next game was against Melrose, whom they beat by three or four tries to nil as they began to get into their stride.
The Pirates played GHA shortly afterwards, and this time they scored tries left right and centre. In an impressive display which saw them beat GHA to nil, there were scores for the Wheel of misfortune, Tracy ???Princess??™ Mcadam and Lynseydouglas.

Wanderers continued their unbeaten run through the pool stages and kept a clean sheet by not letting any tries in when they in turn beat the physical GHA team. The Pirates then won their second game of the day, against Melrose, scoring twice in the process. For the first try, Nelly picked the ball up at the base of the scrum and sprinted to the try line untouched for an excellent solo try. This was then followed up by excellent interplay between forwards and er, forwards (and Tracey and Lynseydouglas) and a storming run from Mother of 3 Jen Cram led to an offload to Beth the Dick, who offloaded again for Tracy to cross for her second try of the day. The Pirates defence was stretched as Melrose pressurised, but great tackling from the Beattie (soon to be Dixon), Rainbow and Shona kept them out.

With the pool stages finished, both teams progressed to the quarter-finals, and unfortunately, despite a brave performance from the Pirates, they were narrowly beaten 5-0 by Blaydon. They then became full time Wandies supporters, complete with a Shank the tank big hit dance, although the Wanderers didn??™t need it for their quarter-final as their opposition, Glasgow Uni, didn??™t know they were meant to be playing and left to watch the main action inside.

So, a bye for Wandies, who went on to face Eastern Boudiccas in the semi-final. A big powerful team, the defending champions knew they would have to keep the ball away from contact and they did just that. Some silky hands set Harleybucks down the wing for a couple of tries, and Zulfi grabbed one or two as well. Excellent defence again ensured that the Murrayfield team conceded no tries.

In the final, Wanderers met their old rivals Royal High, and with RHC winning the league and Wandies winning the Cup this year, it was one a piece and everything to play for. With vocal support, the defending champions started off well, with three unanswered tries, one for Harley and two for Zulfi. Perhaps the best resulting one from a lovely backs move off a scrum with the Shepster showing that she??™s still got it and putting in a beautifully delayed pop to send Zulfi straight through the defence.

RHC staged a comeback in the second half, with Wandies caught napping and without a sweeper, allowing Gayle Stewart to chip over and touchdown. Enjoying the majority of the possession in the second half, they followed this up with another try for Veronique Fitzpatrique in the corner.

However, the comeback was too late, and despite their second half slip up, Wandies were crowned champions, enjoying a highly successful tournament, in which they only conceded two tries, and the Pirates narrowly missing out on a semi-final place, a pretty impressive feat given that some teams had to borrow players to put out one team, let alone two.

Wandies: Lana Blyth, Katy Green, Claire Cruikshank, Amy Rennie, Lisa Martin, Rhona Shepherd, Lucy Millard, Lynsey Harley, Charlie Radcliffe & Sarah Gill.

Pirates: Beth Dickens, Ellen Beattie, Michelle Ovens, Heather Law, Shona Peacock, Jules Murciano, Jen Cram, Tracy McAdam, Lynsey Douglas, Lindsey Wheeler.