Fixtures - Top Bar

Daly expects tough test for Wasps at Singha 7s final

Wasps and England centre Elliot Daly insists his side are in the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s to win it, after laying down a serious marker ahead of the final showcase at Twickenham Stoop.

The 22-year-old was part of a star-studded Wasps line-up that ran riot in the midlands leg of the competition last Friday, running in 120 points in three matches to top Group C.
 
Now the side are preparing for a trip to Twickenham Stoop this Friday for another scintillating evening of rugby at the Singha 7s finals, and with 163 tries already scored in the competition, Daly is confident the fans can expect more of the same.
 
And he is relishing the prospect of renewing some old rivalries in Wasps’ quarter-final clash with Exeter first up.
 
“It was really good to get back out at the Ricoh,” he said. “We had a new pitch laid and we had such a good squad out, so to be part of the first Wasps side to run out there this season was awesome.
 
“It was such a good result so we couldn’t have been happier. I think when Dai announced the squad for the Singha 7s everyone realised that we are really pushing to win this competition, and it was really good fun.
 
“We’re all keen to put down another performance this Friday and see how far we get. We’re going to have some tough games obviously, with Exeter first up and then Newcastle Falcons or Scarlets after that if we get through.
 
“I actually went to school with one of the Exeter lads, Adam Worth. It makes me feel very old as he is a bit younger than me, but he is a very good player, and there’s a few others we have an eye on too.
 
“But every 7s squad if they have made it through the group stages are going to be a strong side and a tough ask.”
 
There were 163 tries in the group stages and the excitement is set to continue in Friday’s final round as Harlequins, Wasps, Gloucester Rugby, Exeter Chiefs, Newcastle Falcons, Sale Sharks, Scarlets and Newport Gwent Dragons battle it out for the first silverware of the club season.
 
With an astonishing seven tries, Christian Wade was the star performer in a strong Wasps line-up that also included Alex Lozowski, Dan Robson and skipper Guy Thompson, while new-boy Brendan Macken also impressed with three scores of his own on the night.
 
And while Daly admits he is determined to trouble the scorers a little more at Twickenham Stoop than he did at the Ricoh, he is enjoying taking the lead of the young Wasps’ side on the pitch.
 
“Even though I’m not that old, the last couple of years at Wasps I feel like I’ve grown into more of a senior player, and I’m enjoying having more of a senior role in this team,” added Daly.
 
“We had two academy lads out with us at the weekend; they really wanted to be involved and it’s great that the Singha 7s gives them that opportunity.
 
“Then you have someone like Christian in the team as well, and he will be massive for us. Everyone saw it last week, he’s been there and done it all in 7s and it really shows.
 
“He got seven tries and I got none, so that’s definitely something I’ll be looking to put right on Friday!
 
“The atmosphere will be massive. Anything round Twickenham near the World Cup is going to be big, and I’m sure there will be a huge crowd. Hopefully they’ll get behind us.”

1.            6pm – 6.20pm – Quarter-Final 1 Newport Gwent Dragons v Sale Sharks
2.            6.25pm – 6.45pm – Quarter-Final 2 Gloucester Rugby v Harlequins
3.            6.50pm – 7.10pm – Quarter-Final 3 Wasps v Exeter Chiefs
4.            7.15pm – 7.35pm – Quarter-Final 4 Newcastle Falcons v Scarlets
5.            7.40pm – 8.00pm – Plate Semi-Final Loser Game 1 v Loser Game 2
6.            8.05pm – 8.25pm – Cup Semi-Final Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 2
7.            8.30pm – 8.50pm – Plate Semi-Final Loser Game 3 v Loser Game 4
8.            8.55pm – 9.15pm – Cup Semi-Final Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 4
9.            9.20pm – 9.40pm – Plate Final Winner Game 5 v Winner Game 7
10.          9.45pm – 10.05pm – Cup Final Winner Game 6 v Winner Game 8
 
The Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series Final is at the Twickenham Stoop on 28 August. Tickets are £10 for adults and £5 for children from http://bit.ly/1hvtNOp

Latest News

Match Reaction: Saracens 29 Sale Sharks 18

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall picked out back rower Joel Conlon as the stand-out player in his side’s 29-18…

Match Reaction: Northampton Saints 24 Worcester Warriors 14

Jim Mallinder backed his side to continue their push up the table after they moved into Aviva Premiership Rugby’s top…

Match Report: Northampton Saints 24 Worcester Warriors 14

Mikey Haywood scored two tries as Northampton Saints came from behind to down Worcester Warriors and move into Aviva Premiership Rugby's…

Match Report: Exeter Chiefs 36 Newcastle Falcons 14

Exeter Chiefs fought their way to a bonus point victory over Newcastle Falcons to move up to second in Aviva…

Match Report: Saracens 29 Sale Sharks 18

Saracens recorded their first Aviva Premiership Rugby win since New Year’s Day with a 29-18 success over an in-form Sale…

Match Reaction: Harlequins 18 Leicester Tigers 27

Assistant coach Geordan Murphy tipped his cap to a steely second-half showing from the Leicester Tigers replacements, who changed the…

England Under-20 secure impressive bonus-point win over Italy

England secured their third bonus-point win of the 2017 Six Nations with an eight-try 46-0 victory over Italy at the…

Match Report: Harlequins 18 Leicester Tigers 27

Leicester Tigers’ impressive second-half comeback saw them score 24 unanswered points and stun hosts Harlequins at Twickenham Stoop to claim…

Myler still dreaming of top four with Northampton Saints

He has been the cornerstone of Northampton’s back-line for more than a decade and fly-half Stephen Myler insists he will…

Stephen Myler

Joseph returns for derby clash against Bristol Rugby

Jonathan Joseph will return to the Bath Rugby starting line-up for the Aviva Premiership clash with West Country rivals Bristol…

Chiefs side to face Newcastle Falcons

Rob Baxter may be wary of the threat Newcastle Falcons pose to his Exeter side, but insists its challenges such…

Waldrom

Wasps team to play Gloucester at the Ricoh Arena this Sunday

Director of Rugby Dai Young has named the Wasps’ side to take on Gloucester at the Ricoh Arena this Sunday,…

Le Roux Wasps