Double Delight as DCU lift Men’s and Women’s Sevens titles

Shane Brennan

DCU Women's sevens showed class in lending players to short-staffed Ulster University

DCU Rugby were victorious on Wednesday as both the Men’s and Women’s teams lifted the Sevens Festival Cup in Maynooth.

DCU Rugby development officer Rob Mullen said that he was proud that “the girls are getting used to wining” and that he was “over the moon” for the Men’s team.

The Women’s team won all 5 games, defeating the home side NUI Maynooth 42-0 in the final and conceding just 5 points all day.

DCU Rugby were victorious on Wednesday as both the Men’s and Women’s teams lifted the Sevens Festival Cup in Maynooth.

DCU Rugby development officer Rob Mullen said that he was proud that “the girls are getting used to wining” and that he was “over the moon” for the Men’s team.

Mullen praised the Women’s team for their all round performance, but highlighted Molly Scuffil-McCabe and Lucinda Kinghan as being stand out performers. “They were running absolute riot…McCabe scored about ten to fifteen tries and Lucinda was just ridiculous”

Both Scuffil-McCabe and Kinghan are contracted players with Ireland.

The win was a welcome morale boost to the Men’s’ side, who are still recovering from defeat at the hands of Ulster University in the Brendan Johnston cup in February.

“There are really good individual players, It’s a really good squad but… there’s never really consistency for them to play college games on a Wednesday” Mullen said.

“They were unlucky in the first round of the All-Ireland, we should have won that game, and then we lost the final of the sevens last year… so to come back and win the final, it’s brilliant! I was delighted for everyone” Mullen added.

The Men’s side also won all 5 of their matches, defeating University College Dublin 19-17 in the final.

Mullen attributed the success to “Sevens probably suiting the players better than fifteens”

“We never really had our best fifteens team out until the Ulster game, where (on Wednesday) we had our best sevens players playing”, Mullen added.

The DCU players crowned Japanese student Seiga Saiki as their player of the tournament. Saiki said he was “very happy” with the result, and said that playing in Ireland helped him to learn because Irish rugby is “very aggressive and very fast”.

The DCU team gave Saiki an IRFU t-shirt for him to take home to Japan. Mullen described how,

despite his difficulty speaking English he still gave great dedication to the team.

“He’s been at every training session, played the Brendan Johnston cup and in the sevens yesterday he was just awesome”, Mullen Said.

Looking ahead, Mullen described the difficulties in competing in the men’s tournament.

“The Men’s side can be more complicated than the Ladies’, the clubs have more power over the players” Mullen said.

Speaking of the Brendan Johnston cup, he added; “It’s difficult with the draw… (IT) Carlow are strong, (IT) Athlone are strong, but even looking at players coming in next year… I think we are really going in the right direction with Men’s rugby.”

Last season DCU finished fifth in the six-team Men’s Division 1. Mullen said their target this year is to finish top four in the league and have a stronger cup run.

In the Women’s tournament, DCU finished top of Division 1, winning all 5 games. They also won the tier 1 cup in March.

DCU have decided that coaches Evan Dixon and Brian Fitzpatrick will stay on for another year.

Mullen said this decision is important as it helps DCU to keep to a consistent style of play.

“The last few years there’s been new coaches every year, so both Evan and Brian are staying on and players will know how they want to play… In sport continuity is so important” he said.

As for the Ladies’ team coaches, Alisa Hughes and Eddie Fallon, Mullen said “how can you change anything with such a successful team”, and also opened the possibility of another coach being brought into the club.

DCU decided to lend some players to Ulster University during the Women’s competition after the team found themselves with six available players.

Mullen said that the sportsman-like decision was made because “they came down to play rugby, there’s no point in letting a team suffer because a player got injured”.

Shane Brennan 

Image Credit: Bella Finn