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has steadily improved through the season. The last game looked to have matched the


best performing teams in the two sections together for a fascinating final. It turned out to be rather one sided as Samurai looked at their best and Esher looked outclassed against an international level side. Lahmert, who showed by his control of the game why he is much talked about at the moment, set up Vilk for the first try and though Raikabula was sin- binned, the lead was extended by Cocker. Esher then gave the crowd the first of two great individual tries, this first by Griffiths who worked a gap and won a 60 metre race to the corner. Votu restored the gap before Man of the tournament, Edgerley provided the champagne moment of the match and set the stadium alight with a stunning mazy


run, taking on 4 separate defenders beginning on the left and ending under the post. The score at half-time was 10-19 but that is as close at it got. Samurai cut loose with six unanswered tries including a second for Vilk and a brace for Fedo. Esher had been overpowered by the skill and teamwork of a much more experienced side and Samurai deservedly retained the trophy. If not a classic day for Middlesex it did offer


the crowds, excitement, tension and in the main, quality rugby. It showed that when it comes to personal skill versus teamwork then the latter will win out more often than not. Samurai, who had bought a team to play against other international sides, were always odds on to win but, as Esher and Scottish showed and Brazil and Durham nearly proved; the margins can be


so small that anyone can be beaten by anyone on the day. BarrieTorbett, the Marauder’s Manager said “although this was the third visit for us to the Middlesex 7s, the excitement amongst the squad was even greater than previous years and being allocated the England dressing room added to the occasion. I believe that the standard of 7s on show was of the highest quality and the supporters who stayed away because of the absence of their teams missed an opportunity to see some of the premiership and international stars of the future.” Middlesex have a year to rethink their strategy for an event that is a British icon for the best in Sevens, we love it and want to see it continue so good luck to them.


By Bob Foster


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