Fixtures - Top Bar

Man of the Round Cam Cowell confident in Harlequins’ Singha 7s potential

Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series - Northampton

England 7s star Cam Cowell believes Harlequins can go all the way in the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series, after he scooped the Man of the Round gong at Franklin’s Gardens on Friday.

Cowell showed all his international experience to lead his side to three bonus-point victories from their three games against Northampton Saints, Gloucester Rugby and Saracens.

Harlequins, who are celebrating their 150th anniversary this season, will now face hosts Wasps in their quarter-final showdown at the Ricoh Arena on August 7.

And while Cowell believes his young teammates are the full package for 7s rugby, he is confident they can improve further and pick up the first silverware of the new season.

“I definitely think we can win it; we’ve got big boys, strong boys, quick boys, we’ve got everything we need, it’s just if it clicks on the day,” he said.

“I just think we need to work on 7s structure, it’s quite individual at the moment, especially in defence with players flying out.

“I think we need to calm it down, look over the footage and see what we need to do but I think that’s just communication and getting to know each other.

“I came into training yesterday and I was trying to voice my opinion and we changed a few things but I think it was for the best and we did well with it.

“It’s just seeing about where the space is, it’s a lot different seeing where the space is in 7s than in XVs. There’s obviously more space but picking the right space and the right time is the hardest thing.”

Harlequins didn’t enjoy the smoothest evening, arriving late at Franklin’s Gardens due to traffic, but once on the pitch they were quickly into their stride with five tries in a 29-19 victory over hosts Northampton Saints.

They followed that up with a 31-10 win over Gloucester as Jonas Mikalcius and Cowell both grabbed a brace of tries.

And the perfect night was sealed with a resounding 42-17 win over Saracens and Cowell was impressed with the way his side performed throughout the evening.

“Some of these guys have never really played 7s, and I’d never seen Gabriel [Ibitoye] play but I’ve heard a bit about him and he’s a really strong ball carrier, he did really well,” he added.

“The atmosphere was amazing, when we played Northampton you could barely hear yourself talk.

“I think we did well and it wasn’t just me, James Lang was pulling the strings really well and scored four tries, and I think we can do quite well in the final.”

Quarter-Final line-up so far:

Quarter Final 1 – Cardiff Blues v Group D Runner-up
Quarter Final 2 – Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints
Quarter Final 3 – Harlequins v Wasps
Quarter Final 4 – Group D Winner v Ospreys

Final Scores:

Gloucester Rugby 26 (Protheroe, Halaifonua, Randall, Thomas)
Saracens 19 (Morris, Crossdale, Earl)

Harlequins 29 (Aspland-Robinson, Lang, Ibitoye, Hirskyj-Douglas, Mikalcius)
Northampton Saints 19 (Emery, Packman, Ludlam)

Gloucester Rugby 10 (Hudson, Protheroe)
Harlequins 31 (Mikalcius 2, Cowell 2, Lang)  

Northampton Saints 24 (Collins 2, Grayson, Olver)
Saracens 17 (Haylor, Earl, Sirker )

Harlequins 42 (Lang 3, Aspland-Robinson, Cheeseman, Nairn)
Saracens 17 (Forster, Gilksten, Sirker)

Gloucester Rugby 17 (Creed 2, Randall)
Northampton Saints 27 (Packman 4, Rayment)

Eight teams will play for the first silverware of the season in the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series Finals from 2pm at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on Sunday 7 August. Click here for tickets

Latest News

Superb Denny Solomona making Aviva Premiership Rugby history

The weekend’s remarkable action saw a number of Aviva Premiership Rugby records tumble, with Sale Sharks wing Denny Solomona leading…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

RFU Disciplinary: Steve Diamond

Steve Diamond of Sale Sharks will appear before an RFU Disciplinary panel charged with conduct prejudicial to the interests of…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Exeter Chiefs’ Thomas Waldrom eyeing trophy charge

Exeter Chiefs No. 8 Thomas Waldrom insists his sights are firmly set on bringing silverware back to Sandy Park this…

Exeter Chiefs' Thomas Waldrom believes his side are well placed to target silverware this season

Aviva Premiership Rugby Weekend Round-up

Steve Diamond heaped praise on his home-grown Sale Sharks squad after they ran in four tries to claim a bonus-point…

Sam James, 22, was starting his 13th Aviva Premiership Rugby game of the season.

Bath Rugby set to bring the entertainment on and off the pitch at Twickenham Stadium for ‘The Clash’

Bath Rugby have announced that The Clash, one of the biggest domestic sporting events of 2017, will see an incredible…

Bath Rugby with the Wurzels

Match Reaction: Sale Sharks 34 Wasps 28

Sale Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond heaped praise on history-maker Denny Solomona as his hat-trick laid the foundations for…

(Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Match Report: Newcastle Falcons 46 Northampton Saints 31

Sonatane Takulua scored a hat-trick as Newcastle Falcons staged a roaring second-half comeback to defeat Northampton Saints in a pulsating Aviva…

Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Match Report: Sale Sharks 34 Wasps 28

Denny Solomona delivered one of the best individual displays ever seen at the AJ Bell Stadium as his hat-trick helped…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Under 18s Academy Finals Day – Reaction: Reffell delight at Saracens progress

Sean Reffell is confident Saracens Academy U18s have improved beyond recognition despite being beaten 36-26 by Worcester Warriors at the…


Under 18s Academy Finals Day – Reaction: Rigby and Warriors gave everything

Young prop Nick Rigby admitted he could not have asked for anything more after finishing the Premiership Rugby U18 Academy…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Match Reaction: Leicester Tigers 50 Bristol Rugby 17

Aaron Mauger has backed his Leicester Tigers side to make the top four and qualify for the Aviva Premiership Rugby…

Telusa Veainu scored a brilliant first-half try on his return to Leicester Tigers colours

Match Reaction: Bath Rugby 22 Harlequins 12

Bath Rugby director of rugby Todd Blackadder admits his side were not at their best but was still delighted to…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Match Reaction: Worcester Warriors 32 Exeter Chiefs 48

Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter praised the lightning speed of hat-trick hero James Short as his side ran in…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library