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FEATURE // MIDDLESEX SEVENS


PHOTOGRAPHY: IAN MUIR


scoreless allowing Esher to progress and leaving Pups regretting missed chances. Just at it had done earlier for Durham , the Brazil versus Samurai tie brought that strange British quirk of supporting the underdog. Brazil had learnt from their previous encounter with the National Series champions and provided stiffer opposition, though they wasted their earlier chances and when Samurai obtained possession, Telright finished off some swift passing to open up a 7-0 lead at half-time. Brazil have developed a physical attack style, happy to move forward by taking tackles and rucking back which they do very efficiently. Both the Duque brothers punched holes before Moises followed up a chip to level the scores. An upset appeared on the cards but Samurai remained


unruffled and worked the ball through several phases to find a gap for Vilk to touchdown. Though Brazil then had possession, they could not find a way through a steadfast defence and when they gave it away, Samurai held on to run the clock down; a result that must have pleased Brazil’s coach, Martin Schusterman, who had brought them over to discover how far off the pace they are with Rio in mind. Across the road women’s sides had been


competing at Middlesex for the first time and their final took place in front of a swelling crowd. Here Wooden Spoon showed why they along with the England women’s team have stood out on the circuit. Wasp ladies were simply outclassed by a collection of top players. Mandy Marchak and Rachel Burford looked assured


and in command setting up the opportunities but it was Jo Watmore’s clinical finishing with 4 tries that put them on a different level. Strength in depth across the clubs remains a problem for the women’s game. In the plate final a 70 metre sprint by


Hamish Smales followed up by a second from Fowles created a gap for Wailers that was closed by a brace from Amor, the first from a quick penalty to leave both sides even at half- time. However, after the break the physicality and team work of Wailers told on a tiring Scottish, who leaked 5 tries including a hat- trick by Franklin with Burden finishing to win 41-12. The result underplayed the impact that Scottish had had on the tournament but was a well earned reward for a Wailer’s side which


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