Tigers take first blood

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May is normally a time when rugby fans get a break from the wet and dreary winter days and enjoy a summer festival atmosphere at local sevens tournaments.

However it wasn’t to be for the Braidholm sevens. Played last year in blistering sun, this Saturday, it was anything but.

Nonetheless, the standard of rugby did not suffer and visiting Leicester Tigers put on a clinic for supporters who braved the elements.

Defeating Glasgow Hawks in the Elite final 36-5, the Englishmen also made it past Glasgow invitational side the Glasgow Titans in the semis to earn the grand prize of £1,000.

Particularly impressive for the visiting side was England under 18 star Andy Forsyth, who was earmarked as one for the future by many in attendance.

The Tigers’ captain and centre told ExtraSport: “The standard of the teams was really good, Hawks put a good side out and really made a game of it in the final”.

After losing to Leicester 33-0 in the group stages and suffering a narrow defeat to Hawks, The Bal Rams entered the open competition, where they were victorious.

Glasgow’s newest invitiational side, featuring Boroughmuir winger Jordan Webster along with several Biggar and GHK players, made their debut on the sevens circuit.

The Rams defeated GHA based team the Monkey Trees and an Ayrshire select before their final with Ardrossan.

The team clad in black made the most of their physical advantage, making light work of Ardrossan in the plate final (22-5).

Coach Martin Hennessey said: “Each of my players had the Bruce Lee quote ‘you must push to exceed your limits or you might as well be dead’ printed on the back of their shirts.

“In my mind, each and every one of them lived by that motto. Today, I’m proud to be a Ram”.

Tournament organiser, GHA winger Rangi Jericevich — who is an integral performer for the Glasgow Titans during sevens season and brother of Hawks scrum-half Peter — told ExtraSport: “The teams did well and played in good spirits despite the ridiculous weather.

“I would like to thank everybody who came along and supported the event, and hopefully next year The Tigers and The Rams will be back to defend their crowns”.