City firm in semis at big sevens event

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport -

A CITY-BASED team reached the semi-fi­nals of the big Bournemouth Sevens tour­na­ment at the week­end.

Paul Culling­ton, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Or­ton South­gate firm Kit­sports, an on­line shop and teamwear com­pany, put a star-stud­ded team to­gether in the top Na­tional In­vi­ta­tion Cup sec­tion and they did well to reach the last four.

Wins against McCal­lum Scor­pi­ons (27-5) and Sap­pers (37-0) saw them win their group and they then over­came Wii Fit Plus All Stars 27-5 in the quar­ter-fi­nals. Un­for­tu­nately they came up against tour­na­ment favourites and even­tual win­ners The Army in the semis and lost 35-5.

The side was man­aged by the for­mer Cam­bridge di­rec­tor of rugby James Shana­han and in­cluded Peter­bor­ough-based Dar­ren Fox (147 ap­pear­ances for Northamp­ton Saints), Peter­bor­ough fly-half Dun­can Low and an ar­ray of tal­ent from New­cas­tle Fal­cons, Ex­eter Chiefs, Blay­don, Birm­ing­ham Soli­hull and Cam­bridge.

Culling­ton said: “It was an ab­so­lutely amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. The stan­dard of play was top class and the at­mos­phere was ter­rific, as you’d ex­pect from a crowd of 20,000.

“The gen­eral opin­ion was that our semi-fi­nal against The Army would have made a great fi­nal but that’s the luck of the draw.

“I was de­lighted with the team’s per­for­mance in such a big sevens com­pe­ti­tion and we are very much look­ing for­ward to com­pet­ing in this tour­na­ment next year.”

Bill Wil­son of Mus­cle Fi­nesse in River­gate, Peter­bor­ough, was a team spon­sor.

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