With the Premier Division and
Social Divisions producing ever more fast paced and exciting games it is with
no surprise that the women have joined the act by adding two teams to the
schedule of sevens games being played every Saturday in October.
With the Heineken Thunder looking
to extend their lead at the top of the premier division, all eyes were on the
O’Neill Wolfhounds to see if they could put credence to the words of former
national sevens captain Johnny Doak who, during the live broadcast of
‘Backchat’ on www.caymanrugbytv.com, said that in order to stop the Thunder you
need only stop their go to player Ratu Nemesio Wakanibua.
The Wolfhounds, who in the two
previous weeks had not come close to stopping the Thunder’s star player, put on
their best display of the campaign to date but it was not Doak who stopped
Wakanibua but rather the diminutive James Waters, returning from a long term
knee injury, who managed a try saving tackle on Ratu to ensure that the Wolfhounds
won their first game of the sevens season in style 10-5.
The Ama Tsotsi, who had so far been
jinxed by the Thunder in each of their encounters, looked to subject the
Thunder to their second loss of the day but were instead limited once more to a
lack lustre 12-12 draw. The draw however was enough to ensure that the Thunder
would not progress to their second consecutive final as the only team not to
earn a win in the premier division on the day.
The premier division final between
the Ama Tsotsi and the Wolfhounds started with one way traffic for the Africans
who had earlier in the day subjected the Wolfhounds to a 29-0 hammering. But
thanks to late tries from Doak and James Waters the Wolfhounds saved some face
in a 24-12 loss which saw the Wolfhounds playing with six men for much on the
encounter due to Saviriano Wakanibua being red carded for a dangerous
In the social division it was
business as usual as the Omni Sharks played the day as undefeated champions
thanks to their supreme speed and fitness and tenacious attitude. Maples came
closest to taking the younger scalps of the Sharks but were outdone at the last
A resurgent Clydesdales side took
out the Omni-Remax Knackers 26-10 and put up much improved attacking and
defensive display against the Sharks 21-10. In their final outing Clydesdale
were narrowly defeated by Maples as the lawyers eked out a 21-17 win.
The Remax Knackers struggled on
Saturday recording their only points of the day against the Clydesdales but
with the Clydesdales still propping up the bottom of the social division table
there is still much to play for coming into week 4 of the Heineken Sevens.