A great final capped another great day of rugby at Percy Road on Good Friday as invitation side, Oxfam Crusaders, lifted the trophy at the 56th John Smith’s Pock 7s.
A bumper crowd of almost 3,000 basked in the bank holiday sunshine and enjoyed six hours of non stop sevens rugby. It included former Pocklington residents who had travelled back to the town for an Easter reunion from all parts of Britain and Europe, and some from as far away as the Middle East and America.
Tournament director, Adrian Styche, summed it up, saying: “It was a marvellous day, with perfect weather and excellent rugby. Putting on an event of this size takes a big commitment, and the club owes a massive thank you to everyone who helped make the day such a success; the organisers, bar staff, security, those manning the food outlets and the players.”
First time winners Oxfam Crusaders are a bunch of mates originally from Norfolk who now play at various clubs in the south and midlands. They formed a sevens side in 2012 to raise money and promote the Oxfam charity, becoming an immediate success.
At Pocklington, they stormed into the final with convincing victories over Selby, Catterick Fijians, and the Flying Coconuts, another invitation side put together by Beverley captain Junior Tupai.
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