RUGBY AGENTS | Rugby 4 Heroes and Summer Social 2017
6th June 2017
The AKUMA Rugby Agents are two tournaments down and have had a lot of success this year so far. After a great opening foray at the Rugby 4 Heroes tournament at Old Leamingtonians RFC they went into their second tournament, Summer Social, at Richmond RFC this past weekend.
Rugby 4 Heroes
The AKUMA Rugby Agents went into their debut tournament of the 2017 Sevens season full of excitement. New kit and an addition to their coaching team had all the players buzzing as they met together on the Friday night prior to the tournament. They were presented with their new stash, which we must say is one of our favourite, and headed over to one of their chief sponsors, Rybrook Mini in Stratford, for photographs and an opportunity to have a play with the showroom cars.
The team reconvened at Old Leamingtonians for a training session with former England 7’s captain and Fiji 7’s coach, Chris Cracknell. The excitement throughout the squad was building brilliantly for the opening tournament on the Saturday.
As Saturday morning came round, the weather was spot on and conditions were great for running rugby. With some very strong sides being put out by the Wailers, Panda, Apache and a dangerous Rugby4Heroes Invitational side the tournament was set to be a cracker.
The Agents went well in their opening games, only to slip up against the Wailers in their final group game. This meant they would have to do it the tough way. They made it to the final only to face the Wailers again but when it really mattered the Agents were able to pull through and get the victory, winners of their opening tournament for the 2017 Sevens Season.
The AKUMA Rugby Agents second tournament of the 2017 Sevens season was the Summer Social tournament that was played at Richmond Rugby Club. They went into the tournament gunning for success in the Elite competition.
The Agents negotiated the group stages well with a 100% win record and were playing some brilliant rugby, the squad strengthened even further by the addition of flyer Aquile Smith to the squad. This setup a quarter final against the Wooden Spoon team, a game in which the boys were really able to cut loose and racked up a big score. This produced an all Akuma semi final between the Agents and Esher Lions, who had had a very strong day, whilst guaranteeing representation in the final for the Akuma family. A back and forth game to start but the Akuma Rugby Agents were able to overpower their opponents in a 36-5 scoreline and headed into a final against the winners of last year’s Summer Social, the Ramblin Jesters.
The Agents had a slow start to the Elite final, allowing the Jesters to race into a lead. The Agents fought back well and scored a late try to give themselves the chance to equalise in the last play. Unfortunately, the conversion just went wide and they just lost out against a strong team. The boys will look to continue their improvement as a squad and under the tutelage of Chris Cracknell go in to the rest of the season ready for more success.
The Akuma Rugby Agents move on to the Chester 7s in a couple of weeks and another big day out in London at the 7s in the City.