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|Posted: Tue May 03, 2005 10:19 am Post subject: Middlesex 7's
|COX HAT TRICK TAKES MAROONS TO THE STOOP
RUISLIP: 21 points WEYBRIDGE VANDALS: 5 points
Fly half Andrew Cox scored all the points in Ruislip's win in the final of the Preliminary Round of the Middlesex Club Sevens held at Old Millhillians RFC, Headstone Lane. The victory means that the Maroons will join the winners from the other three qualifying rounds in the Bowl competition at NEC Harlequins ground, The Stoop in Twickenham, next Sunday 8th May starting at 12noon.
As always, the historic Old Millhillians ground looked picture-perfect for the occasion, with two lush green pitches and its welcoming clubhouse. With their Pool reduced to three teams due to a late withdrawal, Ruislip won both games to top the table without conceding a point.
The opening game was a 26 - 0 win over Middlesex University, but the only score in the rather scrappy first half was a try by Andre Baillon, converted by Mark Robertson. Ruislip played more fluently in the second period and added three more tries by Alex Fairlie, Chris Walton and Mark Robertson with a conversion apiece from Cox and Walton.
The second game was a surprisingly easy 33 - 0 victory against SNOB Fijians. Ruislip's aggressive tackling upset the game plan of the Fijians and the opposition seldom looked as if they would make a breakthrough. Andrew Cox scored the opening try and two more by Jamie Wilson and Chris Walton, plus two conversions from Cox gave the Maroons a comfortable 19 - 0 margin at the break. A try by Ruislip skipper Steve Robertson early in the second half effectively secured the win. Cox added the final try and kicked both conversions.
The final against Weybridge Vandals was a much tougher encounter, with the first half very even. Strong runs by Henk Hattingh and Chris Milam breached the Vandals defence but handling errors meant the opportunities were wasted. Eventually the deadlock was broken when Andrew Cox dodged through a gap and outpaced his pursuers to touch down under the posts. His conversion gave the Maroons a 7 - 0 lead at half time.
Weybridge reduced the deficit soon after the restart with an unconverted try and were right back in contention. However, Ruislip responded positively and after a careful build-up once again it was Cox's ability to sidestep the tackle and his sprint speed that resulted in a second converted try. The third and final try was a carbon copy of the previous two - Cox finishing off a good passage of attacking play by bursting through and outdistancing the Vandals defence to score under the sticks.
Ruislip skipper Steve Robertson said: "After a pretty ragged start we began to play some good sevens rugby. This was a fine performance by the whole squad and now we can look forward to enjoying next Sunday at The Stoop."
RUISLIP: Andre Baillon, Andrew Cox, James Croker, Alex Fairlie, Henk Hattingh, Cuan MacKenzie, Chris Milam, Mark Robertson, Steve Robertson, Chris Walton, Jamie Wilson.
Ruislip are in the finals of the Bowl competition at the Middlesex Club Sevens being held at The Stoop, Twickenham, next Sunday, 8th May. A packed programme of Cup, Bowl and Vase games gets underway at 12noon.