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Sparks set to fly at day two of the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s

Sparks set to fly at day two of the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s

All 12 Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs will be gunning for glory on the second day of the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s this afternoon.

The Cup, Plate and Bowl prizes will be lifted at Franklin’s Gardens during the decisive second stanza of Premiership Rugby’s summer showpiece.

Gloucester Rugby emerged as one of four group winners on Friday after defeating Harlequins 29-7 and London Irish 31-10, and they are now looking forward to renewing hostilities with the former of their Group B rivals.

Skipper Ben Vellacott said: “Friday was a great day with those two wins – both very tough games – but luckily, we blew out the cobwebs and hopefully we’ll go well on day two.

“Northampton is a great ground and there’s a great atmosphere. You’ve got willing fans that came to support us all the way from Gloucester, and that just helps us in trying to win our games.

“To get a bit of rugby under our belt in a competitive environment is always great going into the XVs season.

“If we carry on doing what we’ve been doing and sticking to our game plan, I think we’ll do very well.”

Group A winners Wasps will take on Sale Sharks in the first game of the day at 3pm after besting Newcastle Falcons 31-10 and Leicester Tigers 52-0, and new arrival Marcus Watson was delighted to see his side pass their day one tests with flying colours.

It was pretty tough. After the first game; I haven’t felt like that in a long time,” said the Wasps winger.

“It’s a good tournament. It’s good for some of the older players to get a run-out, and also some of the academy boys.

“It’s been a debut for three of us – myself, Gabe (Oghre) and Gabby (Lovobalavu) – so all three of us have been pretty excited.

“It couldn’t have started much better and hopefully, we carry that on.”

Also heading into their quarter-final after two wins from two on Friday are Worcester Warriors, who followed up a 27-0 triumph over Sale Sharks by beating Bath Rugby 35-17 and meet Newcastle this afternoon.

Captain Max Stelling said:We’re happy and it puts us in a good position.

“I think the work-rate was really good. The conditions were difficult but we just kept working hard and got on a roll, and scored some good tries, which was nice.

“It’s enjoyable. It comes at a time when you’ve done a fair bit of pre-season and it’s nice to actually get out and play some rugby, and put everything you’ve been working on into practice.”

Exeter Chiefs, who beat hosts Northampton Saints 33-0, may have been beaten 26-19 by Saracens but they still progressed as Group D winners and will have the chance for revenge when they kick off their day two campaign against the reigning European champions.

“We said that we wanted to come out here and express ourselves, and show what Chiefs are like as a club – I think we did that really well,” said Exeter’s Pete Laverick.

“There were tough conditions and there were some great sides that we came up against.

“Sevens is tough work but I feel like we’ve represented Chiefs really well. We’ve really enjoyed it and we can’t wait to see what happens next.”

Northampton Saints and London Irish, and Leicester Tigers and Bath Rugby will meet in their respective Bowl semi-finals.

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