DIFFERENT BALL-GAME: Springfield in action during the Palmwoods Hotel Festival of Sevens, in Nambour.
DIFFERENT BALL-GAME: Springfield in action during the Palmwoods Hotel Festival of Sevens, in Nambour. Che Chapman

Hogs and Hares get the best of speedy Springfield sevens

SPRINGFIELD have had a bumpy start to their rugby 7's campaign.

At the start of the year, the Springfield Hawks claimed the club's first title at the Namour 7's as a prelude to the start of their Brisbane Suburban Rugby season.

On Saturday, the Hawks entered the Helenesvale Hogs2Hares 7's competition down on troops for their first match of the day.

"We had five players turn up late,” Springfield coach Jeremy Clark said. "So we ended up chasing that whole game and went down 19-17 to Nerang by the end.

"We started a bit too slow and didn't do that well in our pool. It's a very fast-paced and not as congested as 15s. If you aren't on your game it's hard to get back into it.”

Next Springfield would come up against a familiar foe in Redlands, and despite a better performance, would find themselves down 22-14 at full time.

With one last pool game on the cards, the Hawks were left win-less after a 26-24 tussle with the Gold Coast Fijians.

"We definitely got better as the day went on,” Clark said. "But that first loss put us into the lower level competition which meant it was too late then.

"The Fijian side were really good and they went on to make the semi final but lost to the overall winners Logan.”

Despite the scorelines going against the Hawks, Clark said the experience had been worth the preparation and hoped a few new faces would be joining the regular season competition next year.

"We really enjoyed our day and it was good to have some young guys to give a run,” he said. "It was pretty much a whole new team than the one we took to Nambour during the pre-season.

"We had one 18-year-old who played really well and hopefully these guys will be there at the start of pre-season.”

State of play

Helensvale Hogs2Hares Rugby 7's:

Game 1: Nerang 19 def Springfield 17

Game 2: Redlands 22 def Springfield 14

Game 3: GC Fijians 26 def Springfield 24

Overall winner of the one-day tournament was Logan.



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