There are not too many rugby stars who can switch freely between sevens and XVs rugby, but Newport Gwent Dragons’ Matthew Pewtner breaks the mould.
After strutting his stuff at last year’s Singha Premiership Rugby 7s, helping the Welsh region all the way to the final at Twickenham Stoop where they were ultimately beaten by Gloucester Rugby, the 24-year-old went on to feature 16 times for the Dragons in all competitions.
This time around he is looking to go one further and help his side lift the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s trophy, but with victory needed at the Welsh leg of the competition first, Pewtner is not looking too far ahead.
And the winger is relishing the prospect of getting back on the field and testing his mettle against the Dragons’ Welsh rivals once more.
“We’re really excited, it was a great tournament last year and we’re looking forward to getting out there and blowing a few cobwebs away,” said Pewtner, who was named player of the Welsh leg last year.
“I managed to score a couple of tires last time and as a team we played really well and got all the way to the final, but Gloucester played really well on the day.
“It was an unbelievable atmosphere and a great game, it was close all the way to the end but we were just pipped to the post.
“We’re just looking to have a good run out on Saturday and seeing where that takes us. We can only take one competition at a time and it will be great to go out there against all the other Welsh regions and see where we’re at.”
Singha Premiership 7s Series – Group A:
3.15pm – Cardiff Blues 7s v Ospreys 7s
3.40pm – Newport Gwent Dragons 7s v Scarlets 7s
4:10pm – Newport Gwent Dragons 7s v Ospreys 7s
4:35pm – Cardiff Blues 7s v Scarlets 7s
5:05pm – Ospreys 7s v Scarlets 7s
5:30pm – Cardiff Blues 7s v Newport Gwent Dragons 7s
This year’s contest returns to BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park, where the Dragons were so impressive in 2014.
They easily saw off Scarlets and Ospreys by seven and 28 points respectively, before a thrilling 19-19 draw with hosts Cardiff Blues to round off the evening in style for the legions of fans in attendance.
And Pewtner is hoping he can play as big a role this time around, as he looks to push for even more XVs game-time in a Dragons shirt this term.
He added: “This time last year this competition was a great stepping stone for the 15s season, and I imagine it will be no different.
“It’s been a long pre-season, we came back in June and it’s been a lot of tough work. I know the lads are looking forward to having ball-in-hand and enjoying the rugby.
“The format is great, but you know if you make one mistake that will cost a try the majority of the time.
“It’s exciting – like the t20 in cricket – it’s great for the fans and the players alike, but our lungs will be blowing by the end that’s for sure.”