Royal Navy player scores vital try for England 7s
Greg Barden, RN Vice Captain, took the field in Edinburgh as part of the England 7s team and featured in the semi-final of the Cup competition. However, England eventually lost out to Samoa with a drop goal on the buzzer of extra time.
The following is taken from the RFU Press Release:
England came back from a 7-0 half time deficit with a try from Tom Powell (Unattached) keeping them in the game and on the full time buzzer Greg Barden (Royal Navy) cruised over the line to give his side the draw, Ben Gollings (Gold Coast, Australia) had a chance to clinch victory but the conversion hit the posts, taking the match into extra time.
A drop goal from Lolo Liu ended the deadlock in what was a mammoth match where both sides held on intently, but it was the IRB Sevens World Series title at stake for Samoa, which seemed to galvanise them in the final seconds.
Both teams had their opportunities during extra-time, with England showing some great defending under pressure, but tiredness seemed to take over and errors crept in.
James Rodwell (Moseley) and Nick Royle (Fylde) were yellow carded and England couldn't find the space they needed for the crucial try.
"But to come so near yet so far is pretty galling really and it was another one of those days where we didn't have the rub of the green."
Not only did Samoa claim a place in the cup final but they also claimed the 2010 IRB Seven World Series title.
England Sevens: Tom Powell (Unattached), Micky Young (Newcastle Falcons), James Rodwell (Moseley), Uche Odouza (Unattached),Ben Gollings (capt, Gold Coast, Australia), Mat Turner (Bristol Rugby), Greg Barden (Royal Navy)
Replacements: Nick Royle (Fylde), Oliver Lindsay- Hague (Harlequins), Rob Kevin Barrett (Saracens)
Scorers: Tries: Tom Powell, Greg Barden; Cons: Gollings
Sin Bin: James Rodwell, Nick Royle
England's Emirates Airline Edinburgh Sevens results:
England 17-5 Portugal
England 19-24 Canada
Australia 21-21 England
Cup quarter final England 19-7 Scotland
Cup semi final Samoa 15-12 England