We've reached the halfway stage of the Natonal Sevens Series. UR7s' Robin Heymann and Jon Bolter pick out seven players who have stood out from the crowd at both RugbyRocks and Keynsham. Do you agree and who else should we have included? James Stephenson (Gilbert Pubs): The Esher man was in fine form his club that made the RugbyRocks final in the opening leg. Playing for the Pups at West Country he upped the ante again crossing for five tries and easily their most dangerous weapon.
We've reached the halfway stage of the Natonal Sevens Series. UR7s' Robin Heymann and Jon Bolter pick out seven players who have stood out from the crowd at both RugbyRocks and Keynsham. Do you agree and who else should we have included?
James Stephenson (Gilbert Pubs)
The Esher man was in fine form his club that made the RugbyRocks final in the opening leg. Playing for the Pups at West Country he upped the ante again crossing for five tries and proved their most dangerous weapon. Quick with excellent feet, made all the more impressive considering he plays on the open side in 15s.
Nathan Williams (Akuma Smurfs)
The Smurfs Player/Manger is the heartbeat of this side. Not afraid to do the dirty hard graft for his side and is an outstanding outlet. Often found working the middle of the park and runs valuable inside lines for the Welsh. The Cross Keys man is one of those unsung forwards every sevens team has to have.
Rhys Jones (Samurai International)
It’s not really surprising that a player who has looked assured on the IRB Sevens World Series for Wales has shown up well so far. Yes, he can play that catalyst role for Samurai but he’s not afraid of performing the basics either. Happy to run straight and spread the play. Nightmare for opposition at kick-off & re-start time with aerial bombs that provide Samurai with so much possession.
Jack Prasad (British Army)
Although the likes of Malaki, Quasevatini, and Burenivalu have been crossing with regularity for the Army, it is Pvt Prasad who has caught the eye. Brings that Fijian X-Factor to the side, with dazzling feet and hands and the ability to ignite an attack. Recently made Fiji debut at Edinburgh leg of IRB Sevens World Series. Links well with the scrum-half Gerhard Wessels.
Scott Riddell (HFW Wailers)
At fault for one of the key Army scores in the West Country semi-final but that aside the captain has led from the front. Unerring stamina and a ‘empty the tank’ mentality on the paddock. Technically very sound in various aspects of his game. The Scottish sevens man has ability to create space for others with his footwork and has chipped in with some key scores. Vital he stays around for Manchester and Newquay.
Charlie Walker (White Hart Marauders)
It’s one thing to dominate at school boy level, but to translate that form and confidence when playing against some of the best players in the UK is challenging. But that is what Walker has done, not bad for a 17 year-old. Bags full of pace and a deadly finisher and always seems dangerous on the ball. One of the new generation of Marauders that could excite for years to come.
Sandy Reid (Apache)
Brings great energy to the Apache midfield. Good understanding with James Greenwood and knows just how to create space for his winger. Plays with no inhibitions and ready to have a go by pushing hard before releasing, which is exactly the kind of tempo that Apache should play at.