19 April 2012

On Sat 13th April 2012 the ACF Rugby Sevens were played at the Brecon Rugby Club – a change in venue brought about by the late cancellation by Christ College. In the end despite the change in venue and the difficult weather in the morning, teams from eight out of the ten ACF regions competed at both Intermediate and Senior sevens level. London and the North West were the absentees – a pity as London in particular has traditionally provided strong teams.

Throughout the morning in driving rain, the teams competed in the pool games getting muddier and muddier so by the time that the semi-finals and finals were played after lunch the colours of the rugby strips had been reduced to a uniform light brown. In the Intermediate finals Wales took on Eastern and convincingly beat them 21 – 12 whilst in the Seniors’ finals Scotland beat South West 22-19 in a very closely fought contest – the lead changing hands several times during the game.

The excellent referees were provided by the Joint Services Rugby Union organised by Simon Aldridge; during the day they selected the best player at Intermediate level – Cadet Chris Langden from the South West, and the best player at Senior level - Cadet Ben Cope from Eastern Region. Both will receive Army Rugby Union shirts

Prizes were presented by the Commander 160 Bde – Brig Philip Napier, the Chairman of the Army Sports Control Board – Maj Gen Christopher Elliot, and the President of the ACFA – Lt Gen Andrew Graham. The Mayor of Brecon, Councillor Ashton, attended the event in the morning and spent some time talking to the teams.