81st Middlesex Sevens
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by RFU Press Office
12 August 2006
LONDON WASPS won the 81st Middlesex Sevens at Twickenham this afternoon beating Leicester Tigers 29-10 in the final played in front of a partying crowd of 30,000.
It was Wasps first Middlesex title in 13 years and they won it in style sweeping into the final with a 31-14 semi-final win over Saracens before dominating a tiring Tigers outfit.
England and British Lion Josh Lewsey was their man of the tournament running in 10 tries in all including two in the final of the Coral.co.uk final.
He said: ďI was a bit nervous about playing Sevens today as I havenít touched a Sevens ball for four years but itís been a delightful day.
ďSome of our younger guys have never even been to Twickenham before today so I was really pleased that they did so well.Ē
It was the England wingerís touchdown that helped give his side the perfect start against Tigers as within a minute they had added a second when their young superstar Danny Cipriani, who had a fine tournament throughout, sped in for his fifth touchdown of the day, converted by Sevens master Simon Amor.
Although Tigers replied immediately when Tom Varndell scampered over on the left another steady build-up from Wasps ended with Chris Bishayís long pass finding Lewsey out wide to run in his second and for Amorís wide-angle conversion to put Wasps 19-5 ahead at the break.
From the restart they again hit Tigers hard when Bishay rounded off a sweeping movement out wide and with Tigers down to six men after Ian Humphries yellow card for body-checking Cipriani and trailing 24-5 they seemed doomed.
But, they lifted their game and Matt Smith found himself in enough space to rush passed the beaten Amor for a second try.
It was all they could muster, however, as Wasps again built-up a nice move on the left for Cipriani to eventually finish off on the right.
LONDON WASPS: Amor(c), Cipriani, Lewsey, Honeyben, Bishay, Haskell, Webber; Thrower, Camberlain, Waldouk, McMillan, Ellis.
LEICESTER TIGERS: Croft, Rabeni, Tuilagi, Bemand(c), Varndell, Humphries, Ellis; Deacon, Hickie, Vesty, Smith, Murphy.
FIRST ROUND RESULTS:
London Irish 19 Bath Rugby 19;
Gloucester Rugby 5 NEC Harlequins 19;
Leicester Tigers 34 Saracens 15;
London Wasps 22 Bristol Rugby 5;
London Irish 24 Northampton Saints 19;
Gloucester Rugby 29 Sale Sharks 21;
Leicester Tigers 31 Worcester Warriors 0;
London Wasps 17 Newcastle Falcons 10;
Bath Rugby 12 Northampton Saints 12;
NEC Harlequins 26 Sale Sharks 17;
Saracens 14 Worcester Warriors 12;
Bristol Rugby 17 Newcastle Falcons 26.
London Irish 28 Gloucester Rugby 14;
NEC Harlequins 42 Bath Rugby 17;
Leicester Tigers 24 Newcastle Falcons 21;
London Wasps 31 Saracens 14.
London Irish 14 Leicester Tigers 26;
NEC Harlequins 19 London Wasps 26.
London Wasps won the 2006 coral.co.uk Middlesex Sevens title with a 29-10 victory over GUINNESS PREMIERSHIP
rivals Leicester Tigers in the final at Twickenham.
Wasps' skipper Simon Amor, who lifted the trophy for Gloucester last year, got his hands on the silverware again after his side triumphed in the new-look competition that featured all 12 GUINNESS PREMIERSHIP sides.
The star of the show for London Wasps was England international Josh Lewsey who, looking fresh after a summer rest, notched a total 11 tries in front of a crowd of 30,000.
Wasps, who had not won the prestigious title since 1993, went undefeated throughout the day seeing off Bristol (22-5) and Newcastle Falcons (17-10) in their pool matches before accounting for Saracens (31-14) in the quarter-finals and NEC Harlequins (26-19) in the final four.
The Tigers also looked impressive throughout the competition with Tom Varndell and Harry Ellis in good form along with one-to-watch Tom Croft.
Leicester swept aside Saracens (34-15) and Worcester (31-0) in their pool clashes before edging out Newcastle Falcons (24-21) in the last eight and London Irish (26-14) in the semis.
In a one-sided finale, a brace from Lewsey, two from rising star Danny Cipriani and another from Chris Bishay proved too much for the Tigers for whom Tom Varndell and Matt Smith crossed for five pointers.
After their victory man-of-the-tournament Lewsey commented, "I was a bit nervous about playing Sevens today as I havenít touched a Sevens ball for four years but itís been a delightful day.
"Some of our younger guys have never even been to Twickenham before today so I was really pleased that they did so well."
Earlier in the day, Premiership champions Sale, big guns Northampton, Worcester and Bristol all disappointed by failing to make it beyond the pool stages.
NEC Harlequins scored the biggest victory of the day by running in six tries in their 42-17 quarter-final win over Bath.
And London Irish ended Gloucester's hopes of retaining the title with 28-14 triumph in their last eight clash.
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