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Cardiff Blues and Ospreys through after sensational Singha 7s finish

Ospreys and Cardiff Blues secured their places at the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series grand final after an absorbing Group A showdown at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park – knocking out holders Newport Gwent Dragons in the process.

In a nail-biting final clash between the Blues and Dragons, the lead changed hands several times before a last-gasp Dane Blacker try and Geraint Walsh’s conversion sent the hosts through to the Ricoh Arena showcase in dramatic circumstances.

That came after the Ospreys caused a surprise by overcoming the holders, as well as the Scarlets, with their two wins enough to send them through to their first final clash.

The Blues started the evening in perfect fashion, staging a thrilling comeback as Luke Crocker crossed for the turnaround score in a 17-15 victory over Ospreys.

It was a similar start for the Dragons, running in three second-half tries for a bonus-point win against Scarlets, although the defending Singha 7s champions were in for a shock when the Ospreys raced into a 21-5 lead in the next clash.

The Dragons fought back, but the Ospreys held on for an impressive 21-19 victory, with their next victory over Scarlets setting up a mouth-watering final clash between the Blues and Dragons.

Blacker opened the scoring after just 11 seconds for the Blues, but a flying run from Lloyd Lewis sandwiched two Jonny Lewis tries – helping Newport boast a 10-point lead heading into the final seven minutes of the night.

Owen Jenkins and Joe Tomlinson crossed to send the hosts back in front, but the Dragons showed their champion spirit, seemingly winning it with Chris Levesley’s incredible solo effort.

Blacker however had other ideas, and surged through once more to send the home crowd into raptures, with Walsh holding his nerve to send the Blues to finals day for the second time in three years.

Final Scores:

Ospreys 15 (Penalty try, Spratt, Baker)
Cardiff Blues 17 (Thomas, Jenkins, Crocker)
 
Newport Gwent Dragons 26 (Brew, Frewen, L Lewis, Robson)
Scarlets 12 (Davies, Pearce)
 
Newport Gwent Dragons 19 (Frewen, J Lewis 2)
Ospreys 21 (Andrews, Scrivens, Spratt)
 
Cardiff Blues 15 (Jenkins, Blacker, Beale, Roach)
Scarlets 12 (Edwards, Evans)
 
Ospreys 24 (Baker, Evans, Spratt, Andrews)
Scarlets 5 (Edwards)
 
Newport Gwent Dragons 22 (J Lewis 2, L Lewis, Levesley)
Cardiff Blues 24 (Blacker 2, Jenkins, Tomlinson)

The Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series Finals are at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday 7 August. For tickets and details visit premiershiprugby.com/singha7stickets

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