Rugby: Tunbridge Wells crowned Sevens champions for first time

Rugby: Tunbridge Wells crowned Sevens champions for first time

TUNBRIDGE WELLS won the elite tournament at the Whiting & Hammond Kent Sevens for the first time on Saturday [April 28].

The event featured 10 sides in the men’s competition – split into Elite and Social – with the Kent Girls Sevens Championship contested the next day.

In the elite section Tunbridge Wells were undefeated in the group stage, beating Whiting & Hammond, Richmond Renegades, the T4Takers comprising Sidcup and Old Dartfordians players, and Penarth Bears.

They met touring side and past winners Seven Dwarfs in the semi-final and the hosts, fielding several first-team players, won by three tries to one.

The final saw Wells facing Richmond Renegades again and Wells were triumphant thanks to the pace from Ryan Taylor-Dennehy, Max Douch (with two tries) and Richard Newton.

The men of the tournament were Mike Doherty and Angus Horne.

In the Social Sevens, Spanish guest side Bera Bera defeated T4Takers 7-1.

PICTURE: HOME SWEET HOME: Tunbridge Wells’ Mike Doherty lifts the Elite Sevens trophy PHOTO: Bruce Elliott

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