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Rugby sevens glory for Stirling women  

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The Women’s Rugby Club triumphed in the Sauventus Sevens festival on Saturday April 23.

Stirling first defeated Abertay University 52-0, following that up with a 34-0 victory against Strathclyde University, completing the pool matches without conceding a point. They faced Strathclyde again in the final, this time winning comfortably 32-5.

Stirling’s Fi Keys also picked up the women’s player of the tournament award.  

After victory SUWRFC Vice-Captain Nicola MacCallum said: “It was phenomenal. We owe a lot of it to our coach Doug Smith, and we had Kyle Browne from the men’s team come down and do some sevens training with us.

“They had us really prepared for the games.

“It was a really great feeling to end our season on a high.”

The women’s event took place in the morning while the men’s event took place in the afternoon.

The men’s team lost their first game 12-19 to Strathclyde, won their second against Abertay 22-12 and defeated Glasgow Caledonian 27-12 in their final pool match. That would see them progress to the quarterfinals where they overcame Glasgow University 36-12. However, their tournament came to an end in the semi-finals against eventual champions Edinburgh University.

This was the inaugural year of the Sauventus Sevens, a rugby sevens festival for Scottish university students, which took place at the Gardyne Sports Centre in Dundee.

The festival provided an alternative format for the students to compete. MacCallum said: “The women’s team especially don’t get to do many [sevens tournaments], we would love to do more.

“I think the men’s do a bit but we’re hoping to do more in future.”

Feature Image Credit: Sauventus via Facebook

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