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almost surprising the Army who eventually took control of the game) and a very tense encounter between Apache and Marauders. With less than 2 minutes to go and leading 10-5 Apache opted to kick a penalty to increase the lead to 8 points. Marauders promptly came back and eventually crossed the line only to find they had run out of time to restart and lost 13-12. The Cup quarters continued with the clear


blue sky theme of Newquay as first Barracudas proved to be more effective predators than Sharks with a 42 point bagelling display, before Brazil gave their best performance of the day to surge past Apache 40-14.The Army similarly dismissed Marauders in a manner which suggested they had at last found their form 40- 15. The most interesting tie of this group was between Pups and Wailers. With the former looking as strong as at Keynsham but the latter


much improved, this was a contest that could have gone either way, until Wailers broke clear late in the second half to end Pups hopes of a series title 28-17. In the Plate semis Kamikaze ended their first


year in the Series without a win to a promising Exiles side, whilst Cavaliers endeavoured but failed to beat a more organised Ronin in a much closer 14-19 defeat. In the other semis, Samurai unexpectedly cruised past Brazil who were unable to utilise their unusual physical attack style as they saw little possession and let in 5 tries without reply. Probably the best tie of the day for the crowd, saw two well matched sides in the Army and the Wailers holding little back to make the final. Having scored 3 tries each it was Wailers who progressed by virtue of 2 conversions to 0 and Army who forfeited their Series title chances.


Both finals were high scoring with firstly Exiles


out -playing Ronin to win 45-19. If manager Marcus Copeland set out to put forward a case for his sides inclusion in the Series next year then this display will certainly have provided food for thought. Wailers provided the sternest test of Samurai’s strength but lacked their earlier pace without an injured Tyson Lewis. Barracudas were also tiring but careful rotation ensured they still had enough left to win by 5 tries to 3 (31-19). Their strength in depth showed in the fact that their 26 tries were shared by 10 players although Livai Korogasagasa’s tries in each round and Lote Raikabula’s 47 points (with 16 conversions) were important contributions. And so the series, which almost didn’t start, again provided spectacle, entertaining rugby and ended in glorious sunshine, with Samurai retaining the title.


PHOTOGRAPHY: RILEY SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY Issue 4 / www.ukrugbysevens.com / 41


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