Singha 7s Player of the Season Josh Bassett turns attention to a Wasps hat-trick this summer
Josh Bassett was crowned the Singha Premiership 7s player of the season earlier this week and the Wasps winger is already targeting a hat-trick later this summer.
Bassett received the personal award for his stunning showings as Wasps claimed the season curtain raiser for the second year in a row.
Staged at Franklin’s Gardens back in July of last year, Bassett ran in seven tries in five games including one in the final as they downed Newcastle Falcons to claim the silverware.
And the 26-year-old – who also captained the side when they won the 2016 title – is eyeing a treble later this year.
“Potentially we could make it three in a row this summer. We did well to retain our title last year but there is some great young talent through in the other squads,” he said.
“You saw last year the likes of Marcus Smith, Ben Vellacott coming through, so it’s all exciting and something we look forward to.”
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The format for the competition was changed last year so that it all took place over one weekend – much like the Sevens World Series and the Olympics.
And with the new format here to stay, Bassett admitted that last year’s victory – with teammate Jimmy Gopperth as their coach – was hard-earned.
“The boys found it amazing – it was like a World Sevens Series tournament having it over one weekend,” he added.
“We didn’t quite know how the bodies would hold up but we loved every minute of it – it was a great party atmosphere there and we enjoyed it.
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“We had some great experience and some great sevens players in our Wasps squad. We get this opportunity in pre-season to go out there, express ourselves and chuck the ball about.
“We enjoyed every minute we got to play out there.
“As well as being incredibly enjoyable it really does sharpen you up. It gives you that bit more space to work with, you’re beating defenders and scoring tries but it also focuses on the nitty-gritty of rugby – the tackling, the breakdown.
“All those skills get exposed so we not only enjoy ourselves but use it as an arena to get better and improve.”