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Minety RFC Annual Invitation Seven-a-Side Rugby Tournament

Saturday 21 April 2012

Gloucestershire beat Swansea in Student Sevens Showdown

A team of students from the University of Gloucestershire won 10-7 in the thrilling final of this year’s Minety Sevens tournament against SMU Sharks, a side composed of current and former students of Swansea Metropolitan University.

This was the biggest and best Minety Sevens tournament yet, with 14 teams and some 140 players taking part. A large crowd of spectators turned out to watch and even the regular rain showers failed to dampen their enthusiasm for an enthralling day of continuous rugby action.

The hosts fielded three sides: a first team called “Mighty Minety”, “Minety Dreamers” representing the second XV, and an under-18 “Minety Academy” squad.

There were also entries from Melksham, Pewsey Vale, Sutton Benger, Tetbury and Wootton Bassett rugby clubs, plus a team representing Dyson and a range of invited specialist seven-a-side teams.

The first round of the tournament was organised in two groups of seven teams playing on two parallel pitches and with every side playing every other team in their group. Based on six games per team, with two points for a win and one for a draw, the results of the first round were as follows:

Group 1

  1. Gloucestershire University 12pts

  2. Mighty Minety 10pts

  3. Sutton Benger RFC 8pts

  4. Minety Academy 6pts

  5. Urine Trouble 4pts

  6. Dyson 2pts

  7. Tetbury RFC 0pts  (withdrew after 4 matches)

Group 2

  1. SMU Sharks 12pts

  2. Wootton Bassett RFC 10pts

  3. One Direction 8pts

  4. Ibiza Legends 6pts

  5. Pewsey Vale RFC 3pts

  6. Melksham RFC 3pts

  7. Minety Dreamers 0pts

For the semi-finals, the winner of each group played the runner-up from the other group.

Semi Finals

  1. Gloucestershire University 24pts – Wootton Bassett RFC 12pts

  2. SMU Sharks 17pts – Mighty Minety 0pts

The two winning student teams then contested the grand final, with the Gloucestershire lads taking the cup by two tries to one.


Gloucestershire University 10pts – SMU Sharks 7pts

A big thanks to all those who organised and ran this event, to our generous sponsors, to all the players who took part, and to the many who came along to watch and enjoy a great of sevens rugby.


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