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Frome 7s’ Rugby Festival

Frome RFC opened its doors recently for the Annual Frome 7’s Festival, an event which is now a major tournament listing on the National 7’s circuit, which saw 52 teams arrive over the weekend.

Travelling from far and wide, the club welcomed visitors on the Friday evening where they were entertained by a 15s exhibition game between Aniers RFC and The Gentlemen of Albion RFC; the Aniers eventually coming out as winners.

Frome 7s organiser, Mike Rutt said, “The event was once again another great success – driven by volunteers from across the club and the rugby community who all work tirelessly before and during the event; we really couldn’t do it without them – so thank you.

“The calibre of teams playing at the festival has got so high, there really is a great selection of teams now playing regularly here. Being able to offer such a great festival, we are attracting new teams every year in all competitions (men’s open, women’s tournament, men’s social and men’s super social).

“We had a stressful run up to the tournament this year unfortunately, with our ‘official kit supplier’ to the tournament letting us down at the last minute. Frustratingly, this had some effect on how the weekend panned out, but I hope that everyone was still able to enjoy the quality of rugby that was being showcased. We look forward to welcoming everybody back again next year!”

The Saturday saw the main event of Rugby 7s with four competitions running – the day ending with the Finals on the main pitch with the large crowds supporting, It was the Gogerddan Raiders who were crowned the 2018 Men’s Open Cup winners, with a win over the Camarthen Warriors. Swansea RFC Women retained their title of cup winners for the second year in a row, with a win over Olorun Ponty Butchers.

The other competitions saw the Cheltenham Tigers winning the Women’s Plate over Abbey Nuns and Barnes Bears winning against Abbey Novices to take home the Bowl. The Men’s Social competition saw Warriors coming out as cup winners, with North Dorset All Stars taking the Plate trophy and Southern Spearheads winning the Bowl.

The Men’s Super Social saw eventual winners Drunken Donuts taking the Cup title with a narrow win over the Pig Wrestlers. South Wales Wildcats won the Plate and Aspect Nubuild Pigs won the Bowl.

Frome 7s Winners: Men’s Open. Cup Winners: Gogerddan Raiders; Runners-up: Camarthen Warriors. Plate Winners: Olorun Ponty Butchers; Plate Runners-up: Nakelo Spartans. Bowl Winners: 7s Bamboo; Runners-up: Toucans.

Women’s Tournament. Cup Winners: Swansea RFC; Runners-up: Olorun Ponty Butchers. Plate Winners: Tigers; Runners-Up: Abbey Nuns. Bowl Winners: Barnes Bears; Runners-up: Abbey Novices.

Men’s Social. Cup Winners: Warriors; Runners-up: Whitehead Stags. Plate Winners: North Dorset All Stars; Runners-up: 8REME. Bowl Winners: Southern Spearheads; Runners-up: Cardiff Mustangs.

Men’s Super Social Cup Winners: Drunken Donuts; Runners-up: Pig Wrestlers. Plate Winners: South Wales Wildcats; Runners-up: Solent Vikings. Bowl Winners: Aspect Nubuild Pigs; Runners-up: Gentlemen of Albion.

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