Elliot Frewen’s breathtaking performances for Newport Gwent Dragons earned him Man of the Round in the first leg of the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series and now he is desperate to lay the demons of a year ago to rest once and for all.
Frewen was a constant thorn in the opposition’s side as Dragons narrowly pipped Scarlets to the title in the Welsh leg of the Singha 7s at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Saturday – rounding out his day with a try double in a 31-19 win over Cardiff Blues.
He will now lead his side into finals day at the Twickenham Stoop on August 28 with the Group D runner-up lying in wait in the quarter-finals.
The Dragons try to go one better than 12 months ago when, after finishing as runners-up in the Welsh leg, they lost 12-5 to Gloucester Rugby in the overall final as well.
Frewen could only watch from the sidelines after injury ruled him out of finals day but one year on, the winger is adamant that both he and his team-mates are geared up for redemption.
“The Singha 7s It’s a great tournament and it’s great to make it back to finals day,” he explained.
“We just missed out on winning the Welsh leg last year, so it’s nice to go one step further this year. “Finishing second in the Welsh leg last year was a huge incentive to go one better this year.
“For me personally it was nice to get through to finals day because I was injured, so missed out on it last year.
“We’ve gone one step further by winning the Welsh leg this year, so hopefully now we can go one step further and win the overall as well.
“The aim is definitely to lift the Singha 7s trophy – that was the aim heading into the Welsh leg and we want to do the same again.”
The Dragons actually opened up the Welsh leg with a 24-19 loss to Scarlets before responding in style to brush aside Ospreys 31-14 and host side Cardiff Blues 31-19 – sealing the Group A title.
Scarlets finished second in the group to also book their place at finals day and the Welsh duo will take on the best that England has to offer at the Stoop.
Frewen admits that facing English teams will make the day all the more special and is already dreaming of turning the tables on Gloucester in particular after last year’s final loss.
“It would be nice if Gloucester reached finals day again and we could get some revenge on them this year,” said Frewen.
“It would be the icing on the cake to beat them in the final and do to them what they did to us last year.
“The Welsh-English rivalry adds a bit of an extra spark but a few extra nerves as well. The pressure can produce a little bit of magic sometimes though.
“Confidence is high in the dressing room – we were disappointed after last year but this time it’s nice to pick up the trophy for winning Group A.
“We’re over the moon with the result and we’ll go into the next round with high hopes and fingers crossed we can pick up some silverware.”
1. Newport Gwent Dragons
4. Cardiff Blues
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