Winning Man of the Night at the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s final may have come as a complete shock to Newport Gwent Dragons’ Elliot Frewen, but after lifting the gleaming trophy he was able to toast his finest hour on a rugby pitch.
The Dragons ran out winners in a nail-biting final against Wasps, as Harry Keddie was the hero with a last-gasp score edging the welsh side 17-14 in front with the final play of the game.
That result made up for last year’s heartbreak, where the Dragons finished runners-up to Gloucester in the final, and ensured theirs would be the first Welsh name on the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s trophy.
And having been made Man of the Night at the Twickenham Stoop showpiece, Frewen – who scored early in the final as well as dotting down in their quarter-final clash with Sale Sharks – admitted the final was one of the hardest tests of his life.
“I’m absolutely over the moon,” he said. “This type of thing doesn’t happen to me very often and it’s just a surreal feeling really.
“I’m so pleased, and I’m definitely proud of all the other boys as well as everyone was unreal and really stuck in until the end.
“I’m so proud of all of them, and it’s a fantastic achievement not only to win the first round in Wales, but then to come here and win again.
“This is definitely my biggest achievement so far in the rugby career, and without a doubt it’s going to take some topping.
“We had a good start and got into the 7s pretty early this summer, but that final was still one of the hardest games of rugby I’ve ever played.
“Sale was a very open game, but we defended well there, and then we beat Gloucester of course in the second match.
“That was a huge achievement having lost to them in the final last year, and then beating Wasps really was the icing on the cake.”
After easing their way through the Welsh qualifier, the Dragons opened up their evening at the Singha 7s final with a 26-10 quarter-final victory over Sale Sharks before a 19-14 win over Gloucester set-up their final berth.
And Frewen believes their narrow miss in 2014 certainly provided the fuel for the Dragons’ fire, with the Welsh side desperate to make amends.
He said: “We definitely set out to win it this year after coming so close last year, so we gave it everything we had in all the games, not just the final.
“That paid dividends in the dying seconds of that game, and to score a try to win it right at the end there was the best possible way to finish.
“I think 100 per cent this will tee us up well for the 15s season. I always say playing 7s stands us in good stead later on, and the Singha 7s is a quality tournament.
“Coming up against the likes of Elliot Daly and Christian Wade is really good experience, and now I’ve got high hopes of having a strong season with Newport.”
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