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Lloyd relishing English challenge at Twickenham Stoop

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Scarlets are heading to the Twickenham Stoop for the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series finals day and despite their lack of experience, skipper Connor Lloyd sees no reason why it shouldn’t be their name etched into the trophy.

The Welsh side won two out of three matches to finish as Group A runners-up behind Newport Gwent Dragons at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Saturday, and book their place at finals day on August 28.

The young squad were able to beat the Dragons 24-19 in their opening contest before downing Cardiff Blues 26-5, but their title hopes were dashed when Ospreys speedster Lloyd Williams scored a last-gasp try for a memorable 17-12 win.

Second spot was still good enough to ensure they will travel down to London in a fortnight’s time for a shot at overall glory, and Lloyd claims the fact that they will face English teams means it will be a memorable first trip to Harlequins’ stadium for him.

“We are really happy to be going to London, the aim of the tournament was to get through to the next round,” explained Lloyd. 

“We would have liked to win all three but to get through to the Stoop to play the English teams, you can't ask for much more.

“I've never played at the Stoop before so it will be a new experience for me and I haven't really played too much 7s.

“So it's a chance to play against the best and the English sides will have really strong teams out so to potentially play against the likes of Christian Wade is amazing.

“Considering we have only had one session and we have managed to win two from three then a couple more sessions and I think we will go well.

“It would be class to win that trophy and I think if we all gel and click then I think that we can do it.”

The Singha 7s finals day action at the Stoop gets underway at 6pm on August 28 and Scarlets’ quarter-final clash will come against which team wins Group D, taking place next Saturday.

The Llanelli-based side are aiming to become the first Welsh team to lift the trophy and should Lloyd’s troops make it all the way to the final, they will kick off at 9.45pm.

Impressive individual performances could see Scarlets players get themselves in the mind of first-team coaches and Lloyd believes the Singha 7s is the perfect platform to make a mark on the longer format of the game.

“This tournament is great exposure and you are playing against some really great players and the experience will translate to 15s,” he added.

“There are a lot of people watching and if you put your hand up here then you put your hand up for the 15s stage as well.”

Final Standings:
1. Newport Gwent Dragons
2. Scarlets
3. Ospreys
4. Cardiff Blues

Attendance: 3,558

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