Law Society 7’s Rugby 2012

The Law Society 7’s is billed as a sunny afternoon of rugby at Richmond Athletics Ground accompanied by ample food and drink, all courtesy of the firm.  Last month’s (23 September 2012) affair was rather more akin to a P.E. class at school, when inevitably it would always be cold and wet. Indeed, it must have been bad, for our Scottish colleagues remarked on the veracity of the rain – at one point it was literally coming sideways into the marquee. Weather aside, Pinsent Masons were looking to build on last year’s run to the Plate final with success in the Main Competition.

So on the pitch things are looking up for rugby at Pinsent Masons, with the merger considerably enhancing the pool of available talent. This was very much a national team with Murray Douglas and Grant Walker flying down from Glasgow and Aberdeen respectively, and Jonathon Vickers making the journey from Birmingham. Daniel Hall, Jonathan Kay, Leo Shaw, Rhodri Evans, Andrew Roberts, Joe Young and Patrick Quinn made up the numbers from London.

The first game against Hogan Lovells proved to be testing but not strenuous, an ideal start to the tournament. After the first five minutes it was all square, however gas-man Grant scored a quick try and from there the team never looked back. Debutant Rhodri Evans also went over the line in a game in which all members of the squad played and turned out to be a comfortable victory for Pinsent Masons, with the final score somewhere around the six tries to zero mark.

It was then back to the marquee for a light lunch and dry(ish) clothes. Changing seemed like a good idea at the time, however putting wet kit back on an hour later can only be described as a less than pleasant experience. Despite the cold Coach Andy Green was able to restore circulation to the players before the next game with some tried and tested drills.

With confidence high the team faced SJ Berwin in the second round of the main competition. Pinsent Masons’ supporters turned out in droves to watch a highly competitive game between two closely matched teams. Unfortunately SJ Berwin were the ultimate victors by three points (17-14), a margin that was very nearly overturned in the last play of the game. Alas it was not meant to be and the team was able to escape the weather and grab a hot shower and some of the food and drink that they had thus far eschewed on performance grounds.

Although a disappointing overall result, it is some consolation that SJ Berwin went on to the final to lose by only one point to Ashurst who were this year’s champions. With rumours of an international 7’s player in our newly inaugurated Paris office, combined with the potential in the current squad, the future looks bright for Pinsent Masons’ 7’s team.

Leo Shaw