Josh Bassett credits team spirit for Wasps’ Singha Premiership Rugby 7s success
Date: 31 Jul 2017
Josh Bassett may have picked up the Player of the Tournament award but he insisted that it was a team effort that saw Wasps lift the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s trophy.
Wasps won the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s title for the second year in a row on Saturday night with a 26-12 win over Newcastle Falcons at Franklin’s Gardens with Bassett scoring one of five tries.
It was all change for the season’s curtain-raising 7s tournament this year, as all the matches were played at one venue over two days for the very first time.
But as far as Wasps were concerned it was the same old story as Bassett touched down seven times in total across their five games as the club secured back to back Singha Premiership Rugby 7s titles.
“It’s great to get the award but that’s not what it’s about. It’s about us winning and performing as a team,” the 25-year-old said.
“We said over these last few days that it was going to be about work-rate for us.
“We’ve got some strong names there. Marcus Watson played 7s for a good number of years, Christian Wade, Dan Robson, Craig Hampson – you could go on.
“But you’ve also got the young lads in there that are coming through that we’re looking to develop, and it was a full 12-man effort.”
Reigning champions Wasps opened the tournament in Northampton with a 31-10 win over the Falcons, the team they met again in the final, and a 52-0 success over Leicester Tigers.
That secured them top seeding heading into Saturday afternoon’s quarter-finals where they beat Sale Sharks 27-10. They then edged out Exeter Chiefs 21-17 to reach the final.
Falcons last lifted the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s title back in 2011 but weren’t quite able to get the better of Wasps in the final and Bassett was delighted to see his side get over the finish line.
“We knew that, with this new format, it was going to be a lot tougher with the two days but fair play to the boys; they did it in rain and sunshine and we’ve come out on top,” he added.
“It’s absolutely amazing – obviously, second year in a row. You’ve seen in the last three years how much Wasps love this competition.
“We like to play a running style of rugby in or 15s and 7s, and we’ve come into it with a real strong team and come out on top. Fair play to the boys, they’ve really brought it.”
Following a pre-season friendly against Ulster in Belfast Wasps return to the Ricoh Arena on Wednesday 23 August for a pre season fixture against Connacht, before their Aviva Premiership campaigns kicks off against Sale Sharks at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday 2 September.
Tickets are available here: wasps.co.uk/tickets
The pre-season friendly against Connacht Rugby is part of Season Members' packages.