The University of Bath men’s rugby team were crowned as Red Bull 7s champions for a third year running after recording another dramatic last-gasp win in front of a 13,500-strong crowd at The Rec on Saturday.
Levi Davis, who had touched down earlier in the game, set up a try for James Catlin in the dying seconds that was converted as the University came from behind to beat Cardiff Met 21-19.
The entertaining match – played at half-time of Bath Rugby’s Aviva Premiership win over Worcester Warriors – provided a fitting finale to an enjoyable afternoon of international student sevens rugby.
The University of Bath, as winners of the trophy in 2014 and 2015, were the host team for a competition that featured national champions from England (University of Exeter), Wales (Cardiff Met), France (Université de Pau et des Pays de l’amour), Italy (CUS Milano Rugby), Brazil (Universidade Paulista) and the United States (Lindenwood).
Group matches were played on a pitch behind the East Stand before the finalists took centre stage on the main Rec pitch.
It was the second successive year that the University of Bath had left it late to claim the trophy, Luca Petrozzi scoring the winning try in the 2015 final from the last move of the game.
Victory was the perfect way to start a massive season of rugby for the University of Bath, who have been named as one of eight founder members of the new BUCS Super League national competition.
They will return to The Rec on Tuesday, October 25 for the Super League home fixture after Leeds Beckett which will form part of that day’s University 50th-anniversary celebrations.
Thank you to Taking Pictures (Sport) Ltd for the fantastic pictures of Saturday’s final against Cardiff Met.