Warriors kill Wasps

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GLASGOW Warriors took first blood in what is a big fortnight for sevens in Scotland.

The team earned an emphatic 48-0 victory against London Wasps in front of a packed crowd at Dumbreck.

The Warriors side featured ten of the 16-man Scotland squad, who were competing as preparation for the London and Edinburgh legs of the HSBC Sevens World Series this month.

Facing a similar fate as visiting Wasps, were premier three champions Whitecraigs, who were defeated by 53-0 against the Warriors in the opening round.

While home team Cartha were knocked out of the cup by Aberdeen Grammar at the first point of asking - losing 24-7.

Scotland under 18 winger Rory Hughes turned out for Ayr during the tournament and was part of a team which was defeated by Glasgow Hawks in the second round.

The former GHA youngster has been offered a contract with the SRU for next year which could lead to him playing for the Scotland sevens team.

GHA will be encouraged by their showing at the tournament. The Braidholm side defeated premier one side Stirling County 21-7 before losing to Glasgow Warriors in a spirited performance, 33-15.

The tournament was the first opportunity for fans of the club to see their new hero - former Scotland centre Andrew Henderson - in a GHA shirt for the first time, playing alongside well known faces Niall Cassie and Andrew Gillman.

Winger Rangi Jericevich told ExtraSport: “It was fantastic for all of us to finally get the opportunity to play alongside Andy in GHA colours.

“We started strongly and got two good tries after putting the Warriors under sustained pressure. The boys did themsleves proud”.

The club will now look to their own tournament — the Braidholm sevens — which will also feature top English opposition.

On Saturday, arguably the most famous club in British rugby, the Leicester Tigers, will be playing in the elite tournament, along with Glasgow Hawks and GHA based invitaitonal side Glasgow Titans.

The Braidholm 7s is unique in Scotland in that it also includes an open event for social sides.

TThe first tie of the Braidholm sevens is at 10.30am with the final due to be played around 4.30pm.

Tickets are available on the gate at £6 for adults, £4 for students/OAPS/U18s, U12s go free.