The Baltic Team went to Wimbledon for the WSM 7s last weekend in what is becoming a favourite tournament for the club as it commences the 7s season.
Competition as ever was ferocious with 32 teams contesting for the spoils, however this year with a new kit and an increasingly more familiar team it was a great opportunity to go far.
It could only be Sod’s law then that the opening game was against the tournament favourite ISC Tornados 7s and with many players running late due to travel problems it was always going to have to be matter of the Baltic Team containing and managing the opposition without any substitutions.
In five minutes of madness the Baltic conceded four tries, however by not running away with their tails between their legs the Baltic did manage to claw back into the game and you could see the team start to come to life. By the end of the match the Baltic were defeated 21-32.
The next game was against the law firm McDermotts, who appeared to be well drilled. The Baltic now with full squad, came into their own with strong running particularly from James Sedgwick (EDF Man) who was able to cut through the defence and score a brace of tries. Missed tackles by the Baltic enabled the opposition to come back. This led to the Baltic going into the dying minutes of the match having to defend their line in what looked like a war of attrition. However thanks to the leadership and ubiquitous tackling of Ben Dickson (EDF Man) the Baltic had the victory (17-15).
Up next was a match against Battersea Ironsides who clearly had not read the T&Cs of 7s by bringing a squad of about 25 players. Nonetheless the brave and more economical Baltic (with a squad of 10) took the game to them. There was a lot of salacious running from Will Burrows (Denholm Group) who consistently ran through the defence and deservedly scored a couple of nice tries. However Ironsides with their continuous fresh legs came back leveling the score by the end of the first half. The game turned in the second half with the Baltic having the benefit of the downhill. A sneaky Grubber kick by Humphrey Hodgson (O’Keeffe & Partners) which he chased, collected and selflessly popped inside to great running support started what was a waterfall of tries. Everyone in the in the Baltic team scored with a resounding victory 45-10.
Into the Knock-Out rounds the Baltic Came up against the Cardiff Exiles (ex. Cardiff University). The game was tense with both sides playing neat and constructive rugby and scores level going into the second half with thanks to Colin Mortimore (ISCA Marine) scoring two tries and giving the Baltic the dominant hand. Much the same was to be said throughout the game, however arguably as fatigue was setting in less attention was being made by the Baltic to maintain their width. In the last minute of the game the opposition were able to score two around the outside which frustratingly gave the game away.
For the first 7s outing of the Season there was a fine display by the Baltic. Hopefully ground for the team to develop on especially now with a new look / kit.
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