Winners crowned in Secure Trading 24/Sevens Series

  • Northern Lights win women's competition
  • Ilkley win men's title

Northern Lights and Ilkley have been crowned the women's and men's winners in the Secure Trading 24/Sevens Series national finals.

Following several months of qualifying and four regional play-off events, the country's best amateur sevens sides gathered at the Recreation ground in Bath to compete for the title of national champions.  

In the women's competition, Hartpury cruised to the final having beaten West Park Leeds 50-0 in the semi-final while the Northern Lights secured an impressive victory over an in-form Wasps side in their semi-final.

Northern Lights, made up of a collection of players from across the north of England, conceded an early try to Hartpury but bounced back to lead 17-7 at half time. 

With both teams tiring in the second half, Northern Lights' Rebekah Wilson proved the difference, setting up the final try and in doing so cemented her place as the women's Player of the Tournament. 

Magee makes the difference

In the men's final the Honey Badgers, who had beaten Samurai in an enthralling semi-final, took an early lead against Ilkley scoring an unconverted try but it proved to be a scrappy first half as the heavens opened in Bath.  

Ilkley's JH Johnson put his side ahead but just before half time the Badgers scored once again to make it 12-7 at the break. 

Ben Magee proved to be the star man as he scored twice in a tense second half to give his side a 21-7 victory. 

Elliot Morgan, Ilkley's captain, said of the victory: ‘It’s a surreal but great feeling to win the Secure Trading 24/Sevens Series.

"To play here at the Rec against all these great teams was amazing. To be national champions is a great achievement for us, a group of lads from a small club who just wanted to give sevens our best shot."