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Young guns enjoy run in the Sevens

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Young fly-half Oli Bryant says the Leicester Tigers squad "showed what they are made of" in their run during the Premiership Rugby Sevens.

Tigers reached the knockout stages for a second successive year and recovered from the disappointment of narrow defeat by Cardiff Blues – who scored a try in the last move of the match to win 19-14 in the Cup quarter-final – to beat Northampton Saints 21-12 and then London Irish 17-0 to lift the top the Plate competition at The Stoop on Friday.
“After losing the first game I think we realised we actually could have won it but we made just a couple of errors that allowed them to take their opportunities,” said Bryant who has come through the Tigers Academy and steps up to the Development squad this season.
“We took a lot from that and played really well in the second half against Saints and then in the final.
“We held on to the ball really well in the rain and the defence was outstanding all the way. It just showed what the guys are made of. I think we can be pleased with that.”
Team-mate Jake Farnworth, who shared in the run to the final of the Premiership Sevens Cup last summer, praised the squad effort in this year’s tournament.
“You don’t get a lot of these opportunities and to come away with some silverware is brilliant,” he said. “To get as far as we did and play as well as we did in the end was a great accomplishment and sets us up for the start of the season.
“I played last year when I was a flanker just moving to hooker so I was a lot lighter than I am now! It was tough at times out there, it was tiring, but I was happy to get as much gametime as possible and it was nice to build on last year and come away with something this time.
“We won four games and had two narrow defeats over the two weeks and you look at those two games and think we could have actually won them both. To come away as we did, we can be proud of that.
“It was very much a squad effort. No one player stood above all the rest and I think our tries came from working really hard for each other and that showed how well we were able to work together as a team.”