A player’s perspective: Rugby 7s weekend

Coastbusters pose infront of the posts. Photo by Sam Meadows.

Coastbusters pose infront of the posts.
Photo by Sam Meadows.

“To be honest, nothing can really prepare you for what’s coming.” These were the words of our most experienced player going into Rugby 7s weekend. Our team, Coastbusters, had been dropped in at the deep end. Despite having hardly any experience of rugby, we had been placed in one of the elite groups and so it was with a sense of trepidation that we lined up for our first experience of Rugby 7s.

The first day started with grey skies and a heavy loss. However, as the weather got better it was hard to care about the results of our games and by the end of the second day we had some performances to be proud of under our belts. Aber Rugby 7’s is one of the biggest 7’s competitions in Wales. Boasting a bar, food stalls and even live music it is one of the highlights of the academic year for many.

Despite our lack of experience and skill all the teams we played were really friendly and supportive. We watched some brilliant rugby being played by players who had travelled from all over the country to compete. Several teams had come from Cardiff and exhibited a really high standard of play. Others were Aberystwyth graduates who had reunited for a weekend of rugby and a laugh with the lads. Many were current Aberystwyth students who wanted to test their mettle against top players but everyone was united by a love of rugby and a desire to have a great weekend.

Saturday night in town was very busy. Hundreds of people were out proudly sporting the colours of their teams and this made for a really friendly an enjoyable atmosphere in the town.

The second day began early for Coastbusters with another loss. We were disappointed with our performance as we struggled to shake the hangovers but we were still looking forward to another great day. The sun came out and we were able to take in some of the live music on offer. Despite the young age of the local bands playing the quality was excellent and it was a great way to spend time during the games.

As it got later in the day anticipation began to build for the play offs which would ultimately decide who won the awards. We had managed to finish 6th in our league and so qualified for a game against Blitzkrieg. They came with a good reputation and so we were nervous but ultimately excited. The game itself saw our best performance of the weekend as Blitzkrieg ran out 24-14 winners.

The competition was over for us but we left holding our heads high. We had had a great weekend and tried our hardest. We are already making plans for Aber rugby 7’s 2014!