Evans’ relief as Gloucester Rugby earn back-to-back Premiership Rugby 7s Plate triumphs
Gareth Evans was relieved to make amends by helping Gloucester Rugby to back-to-back Plate success at the Premiership Rugby 7s as they saw off Worcester Warriors 17-15.
Worcester had one hand on the trophy when Luke Scully skilfully dotted down before Evans, 26, raced down the wing to clinch the title and rectify an embarrassing moment in the Plate semi-final.
With just seconds remaining, Evans had crossed the tryline against Bristol Bears to earn the Cherry & Whites victory only to put a foot over the dead ball line.
His reprieve was immediate though as Jacob Morris collected the 22m restart and darted through the Bears’ defence to dot down in the corner and secure a dramatic 24-19 victory.
📹 Then this happened👇 pic.twitter.com/Z5gUnhMvIq
— Premiership Rugby (@premrugby) July 29, 2018
“To score the winning try was awesome,” said Evans. “I feel like I owed it to the boys after the game previously. For them to hold on for the last 30 seconds and win the game was amazing.
“We have got a really young squad and for them to get some sort of recognition and something out of their weekend after all the hard work they have put in I am really pleased.”
The Cherry & Whites were unfortunate not to record a win at the group stages on Friday night after conceding a last-gasp try against Northampton Saints and losing to Wasps.
That saw them enter the Plate competition and after sneaking past the Bears, they edged past Worcester Warriors by two points in an extremely tight final.
Congratulations to @gloucesterrugby!!! 👏👏👏
They’ve won the Plate🏆 at the #PremRugby7s here at Franklin’s Gardens – a fine weekend for the young and exciting squad💪
— Premiership Rugby (@premrugby) July 28, 2018
Evans, who made two starts last campaign for Gloucester, believes his young teammates will learn from the experience and translate their performances into the 15-a-side format.
“I feel like it is a good learning experience for the boys to see where a cool head can help you out and save you in parts,” he added.
“Yesterday was disappointing, but I can’t say how pleased I am for the group of boys to come back in the second day after two losses and get a bit of silverware.
“I said to the boys if you can make a tackle in all that wide-open space, in 15s there’s nowhere near as much room for people to beat you and you are much better set.
“I think it really sets you up for the 15s quite well.”