Saracens are Premiership Rugby 7s Cup Champions
Saracens lifted the 2018 Premiership Rugby 7s trophy after an impressive 33-12 victory over reigning Champions Wasps at Franklin’s Gardens.
Captain Joel Conlon led the way with two tries as the defending League Champions ran in five tries against the 2016 and 2017 7s winners Wasps.
It is the second time that Saracens have claimed the Premiership Rugby 7s Cup title having previously defeated Newcastle Falcons in the 2010 final.
Saracens made a destructive start by taking advantage of a knock by Will Wilson to get the first try on the scoreboard through captain Conlon.
The Coventry-based side were soon back in the frame though when Sunni Jardine went under the posts to draw his side level – his fifth try of the competition.
Seconds before half-time though, Conlon again cut an imposing figure, drifting down the right flank to put Saracens 12-5 up at the break after Matt Gallagher coolly added the extras.
🎉🎉 Saracens are the #PremRugby7s Cup Winners🏆
A stunning five-try success over reigning champions Wasps at Franklin’s Gardens. pic.twitter.com/WJYBrh5Tni
— Premiership Rugby (@premrugby) July 28, 2018
The Londoners never looked back and stretched their lead to a 12-point advantage after the break when Tom Griffiths broke through the Wasps ranks to dab down. Gallagher again kicked for two.
Rotimi Segun and Miteli Vulikijapani continued the Saracens momentum to knock Wasps off their perch despite a Callum Sirker consolation try.
On the way to the final, Saracens knocked out 2015 runners-up Exeter Chiefs in the quarter-finals with a last-gasp 29-24 success – Sean Reffell getting the golden score in extra-time.
The 2018 champions reached the final for the first time since 2011 with a 29-21 semi-final victory over London rivals Harlequins despite a tenth try of the tournament from Quins winger Calum Waters.
— Brad Barritt (@bradbarritt) July 28, 2018
Wasps meanwhile progressed through to the semi finals after knocking out hosts Northampton Saints 17-10 in a repeat of Friday’s pool A match.
Wasps, the two-time defending champions, booked their place in a third final in a row with a 33-24 victory over Newcastle Falcons thanks to late tries from Cameron Anderson and Jardine.
In a repeat of the 2017 Premiership Rugby 7s final, Wasps scored twice inside 30 seconds, before Newcastle went agonisingly close to winning with only a few minutes remaining.
Elsewhere, Harlequins had left it late to book their place in the semi-finals for a second year in succession with a stunning last-second winner from Calum Waters.
In the other quarter-final, Sale Sharks and Newcastle Falcons had been inseparable with the scores tied 12-12 after normal time, before Falcons’ James Elliot secured the decisive golden score to advance.