Law Society Rugby 7’s 2011
Sunday 18 September saw the annual Law Society Rugby 7’s tournament take place in Richmond. With a team assembled from players from London and the regions PM set the team a target of reaching a final and this is how we did it…
Having rested in 2010, we were thrust onto the Show Pitch for our first game against last year’s beaten finalists, Herbert Smith, who (we soon found out) had a point to prove. There was a loyal band of supporters keen to see some points on the board and that is exactly what they got with Herbert Smith notching up a number of tries to our very few.
So, we were straight into the Plate tournament. Pinsent Masons took a long inward look at itself after its failure to make an impact in the first game and vowed to find a way of unleashing our potential. As if by magic, we suddenly found our mojo notching up a total of 12 tries in our next three games and despatching CMS Cameron McKenna, Squire Sanders and the Law Society in the process.
We reached our target with a place in the Plate Final so the team slowly trudged back to the marquee for some much needed R&R and some tunes from our resident DJ (Jack Whibley, Senior Associate) before the Final. However, this rest period was short-lived as news came through that we were on the Show Pitch again without a chance to warm down or up. To the heady sounds of the Stanton Warriors “Good Vibrations” remix, we put down the ham and potato salad and marched off to take our positions on the pitch. We were up against our London office neighbour’s Watson, Farley & Williams who looked more likely to win a wet t-shirt competition than a Plate Final.
The team came out with plenty of attacking intent – and selected accordingly with Ed Walker, Leo Shaw and others primed for action – but as we all know it takes two to tango and for reasons not yet entirely clear we went into our shells. Gone was the élan and panache from our earlier games, instead we had a safety first Pinsent Masons asking its players to put their head down and drive or hoist high balls. This ‘anti-7s’ approach made no sense tactically, defeat soon followed and so we were to leave Richmond empty handed having been outplayed by a more defensive outfit. On a positive note though there was still time left to soak up the last few hours of summer.
Although there was no silverware to take home, reaching the Plate Final is a brilliant result and provides us with an excellent platform to achieve even bigger things next year (we will be seeded in the first round and so will hopefully avoid a clash with one of the ‘big boys’). It was a fantastic effort from all those involved with some delightful rugby sevens played and plenty of ‘if only’ stories doing the rounds once the dust had settled.
A big thank you must also go to all those supporters who provided such raucous support on the day and, of course, who made the most of Pinsent Masons’ hospitality. We should also not forget the day raised lots of money for the Wooden Spoon charity, which will go a long way to making a difference to helping disadvantaged children throughout the UK.
Needless to say, we look forward to next year already!