Cougar’s Solstice 7’s

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Cougars fare well at 7’s Tournament

The Carlisle Cougars travelled to Nottingham for the Solstice 7’s tournament last weekend and competed well during the group stage on the Saturday, being drawn first against the Welsh, Blaenau Gwent.

Cougars at Solstice 7's tournament

After a shaky start, Blaenau were first to score, but the Cougars soon used their pace and quick passes to score out wide. Tries came from Lucy Meadley, Laura Cunningham and Philippa Bell.  Overall resulting in a good win for Carlisle, 35-17.

The second match was against the Premiership team Lichfield. Despite a valiant defence from the Cougars, Lichfield showed their class and gave a polished performance to take the win.

The Cougars didn’t give up throughout and overall this looked like their best performance of the tournament. All was still to play for in the final group match against Longton, as a victory would still put the Cougars through to the cup.

Scrum half Philippa Bell showed a real turn of pace, scoring a hat-trick. Prop Maxine Pickles made her 7s debut, but in the final plays of the match the Cougars sustained three injuries that would keep players out of the knock out stage on Sunday.

After an evening themed around heroes in a marquee, and camping at the rugby club the Cougars prepared for the knock out competition on the Sunday.

They were drawn against Camphill in the quarter final. Camphill opened the scoring with two tries in quick succession. Carlisle turned over possession at the ruck, prop Lucy Meadley, broke through the line.  Camphill scrambled a defence, however  support was there from Kati Brown who took the offload  for her first try for the Cougars. Lisa Ritchie converted from a wide angle, to make the score 7-10 to Camphill at half time. In the second  half Camphill raised their game, and ran in a further two tries to put victory beyond the Cougars despite some impressive tackling.

The cup competition was won by Lichfield, with Waterloo Barbarians taking the plate.