Team spirit was key for Singha Premiership Rugby 7s success - Josh Bassett

Christian Wade (left) and Josh Bassett after winning Singha Premiership Rugby 7s
Christian Wade (left) and Josh Bassett after winning Singha Premiership Rugby 7s
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Singha Premiership Rugby 7s player of the tournament Josh Bassett credited team spirit for the success in the tournament which saw them win the title for the second consecutive year.

Dan Robson got Wasps off the mark with an early try in the final against Newcastle at Franklin Gardens but Adam Radwan and Cameron Cowell replied back with a try of their own to claim the lead for Falcons before Christian Wade's try helped the Ricoh Arena outfit reclaim the lead once again.

Bassett and Gabiriele Lovobalavu scored further tries for Wasps as they completed a 31-12 victory with the 25-year-old named player of the tournament for going past the line seven times in the tournament overall.

“It’s great to get the award but that’s not what it’s about. It’s about us winning and performing as a team,” the 25-year-old said.

“We said over these last few days that it was going to be about work-rate for us.

“We’ve got some strong names there. Marcus Watson played 7s for a good number of years, Christian Wade, Dan Robson, Craig Hampson – you could go on.

“But you’ve also got the young lads in there that are coming through that we’re looking to develop, and it was a full 12-man effort.”

Earlier, Wasps completed a 27-10 win over Sale Sharks in the quarter-finals and followed it with another 21-17 win over Exeter Chiefs in the semi-finals to reach the final.

“We knew that, with this new format, it was going to be a lot tougher with the two days but fair play to the boys; they did it in rain and sunshine and we’ve come out on top,” he added.

“It’s absolutely amazing – obviously, second year in a row. You’ve seen in the last three years how much Wasps love this competition.

“We like to play a running style of rugby in or 15s and 7s, and we’ve come into it with a real strong team and come out on top. Fair play to the boys, they’ve really brought it.”

 

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