Fixtures - Top Bar

Daly confident of Wasps improvement after Singha 7s

Joy may have turned to heartbreak in the blink of an eye for Wasps at the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s final, but Elliot Daly insists the experience will still serve them well ahead of the new season.

It was Newport Gwent Dragons who triumphed at Twickenham Stoop, thanks to a last-gasp Harry Keddie try in the corner to take the score to 17-14 with the final play of the game.

The star-studded Wasps line-up looked imperious going into the final clash, having eased through the group stages of the competition before beating Exeter Chiefs and Scarlets in the opening rounds of the final showcase.

That set up their final berth with Newport, but the Dragons hadn't read the script and Daly admits the ending to their nail-biting clash was gut-wrenching.

“Obviously we are all really disappointed after that, but credit where it’s due to Dragons as they came out and played really good rugby and were a good outfit,” said Daly, who grabbed a try in Wasps opening win over Exeter.

“We really wanted to win this competition, and while we didn’t quite go all the way we did get to the final and we’ve got some good rugby under our belts ahead of the season.

“We had a very tough start against Exeter as they really came out firing, and fortunately second half we got a few tries which was awesome.

“Then we had the welsh sides and Scarlets were a good side too, as obviously were Newport.

“To lose it so late is definitely hard to take. In 7s you need to keep the ball for as long as possible as you will score tries and probably win the game, and unfortunately during that last three minutes we didn’t have the ball, or even touch it.

“They’re always going to score in a situation like that, and it’s unfortunate for us but we’ll learn from it. It was an amazing tournament though; the crowds were great and there were a lot of spectacular tries. Hopefully we can go on and win it next year.”

Wasps had gone hell for leather to claim the 2015-16 Singha Premiership Rugby 7s title, with the side including the likes of Daly, Christian Wade, Dan Robson and Joe Simpson.

But with an exciting few weeks in store ahead of the new Aviva Premiership Rugby season, including a preseason clash with Samoa as part of their World Cup warm-up campaign, Daly is confident Wasps are in fine shape to improve on last season’s showing in the league.

He said: “The 7s is always a different kind of thing to the 15s; it gives you a whole different focus in preseason and improves your fitness too so it’s been a good experience.

“This kind of rugby gives you the core skills that you need to excel. You have to be good on your tackling, passing, one-on-ones, and it eases you into the season.

"We've got a tough test against Samoa this Saturday, so we are no looking forward to that, and then looking at the rest of the season we're just looking at building on last year and doing better.”

Results:
Cup Quarter-Final: Newport Gwent Dragons 26 Sale Sharks 10
Cup Quarter-Final: Gloucester Rugby 31 Harlequins 26
Cup Quarter-Final: Wasps 33 Exeter Chiefs 5
Cup Quarter-Final: Newcastle Falcons 26 Scarlets 31

Plate Semi-Final: Sale Sharks 45 Harlequins 24
Cup Semi-Final: Newport Gwent Dragons 19 Gloucester Rugby 14
Plate Semi-Final: Exeter Chiefs 14 Newcastle Falcons 12
Cup Semi-Final: Scarlets 12 Wasps 33

Plate Final: Sale Sharks 19 Chiefs 26
Cup Final: Newport Gwent Dragons 17 Wasps 12

Attendance: 6,422

Latest News

Topsy Ojo talks London Double Header memories

With six weeks to go until London Irish lock horns with Harlequins in the iconic London Double Header at Twickenham,…

Topsy Ojo

Toby Flood hopes to bring ruthless streak to Newcastle Falcons

Toby Flood is hoping to help give Newcastle Falcons the ruthless streak required to push them further up the Aviva…

Toby Flood

Aviva Premiership Rugby set for changes after six law amendments added to global trial

Aviva Premiership Rugby will be part of the global trial for six new law amendments after the World Rugby Executive…

Alex Lewington hopes London Irish youngsters will gain confidence from Singha 7s

London Irish wing Alex Lewington cannot wait to see which youngsters step up to the plate in the Singha Premiership…

Alex Lewington

Worcester Warriors sign Ireland scrum-half Peter Stringer

Warriors have signed Ireland international Peter Stringer on a six-month deal ahead of the 2017/18 season. The scrum-half will join…

Peter Stringer

Tim Streather forced to retire from rugby

Former Saracens centre Tim Streather has been forced to retire from the game due to a knee injury. Commenting on…

Tim Streather

Contract and captaincy for Dylan Hartley at Northampton Saints

Northampton Saints has today announced that Dylan Hartley has both signed a new contract and been appointed as the club’s…

Dylan Hartley

Forwards Coach George Skivington says London Irish squad are chomping at the bit

The London Irish squad have returned for pre-season training ‘hungrier’ than ever before according to Forwards Coach George Skivington. Now…

George Skivington

Wasps Academy sign Gabriel Oghre and George Thornton

Wasps announce the signing of hooker Gabriel Oghre and prop George Thornton to the Senior Academy ahead of the new…

Gabriel Oghre and George Thornton

Singha 7s gives next generation the chance to shine

Harlequins academy coach Jim Evans believes that next week’s Singha Premiership Rugby 7s will give the league’s stars of the…

Harlequins in action at the Singha 7s

Singha Premiership Rugby 7s draw confirmed

The 2017-18 Premiership Rugby season will kick off – at the end of July - in spectacular style with the Singha…

Win an Executive Box for the Singha Premiership Rugby Sevens Series

Premiership Rugby has teamed up with Northampton Saints to offer supporters the chance to win themselves an Executive Box at…

Singha 7s Ball

Dave Attwood and team-mates happy to lend a hand at Bath Rugby Foundation’s Summer Scrum

Bath Rugby lock Dave Attwood admitted helping teach rugby to children with disabilities was extremely humbling as he and his…

Gordon Reid on his first training day with London Irish

New recruit Gordon Reid is determined to be a permanent fixture in London Irish’s front row having made the switch…

Gordon Reid

Singha 7s is a chance for players to shine, says Stephen Myler

Northampton Saints’ Stephen Myler is anticipating a vibrant atmosphere and high-octane rugby when the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s arrives at…

Stephen Myler

Mark Wilson bringing his England form back to Newcastle Falcons

Newcastle Falcons’ latest England international checked back in at his club on Monday, with Mark Wilson enthusiastic about their prospects…

Mark Wilson

Worcester Warrior Chris Pennell pays tribute to community heroes

Chris Pennell paid tribute to Worcester Warriors’ grassroots spirit as he got his hands on his Aviva Community Player of…

Sale Sharks volunteer sees hard work rewarded at Premiership Rugby Parliamentary Community Awards

Sale Sharks’ Paula Bradbury couldn’t hide her delight as she was crowned Community Volunteer of the Year at the Premiership…

New Premiership Rugby A League launched

Northampton Wanderers will start the defence of their Premiership Rugby A League title with a trip to Sale Jets in…

Northampton Wanderers