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JUL

SMEATO REPORTS FROM PAMPLONA

With great thanks to Ali Smeaton

Anyway , team was as Ally described with a couple of chubby Aussies - think Chris Brokenfridge before pre-season - we found at the campsite to complete the side, one of which claimed Queensland representative honours and knowledge of Sean Fell. The other reminded me of Dame Edna.

The tournament was played 2 Saturdays ago in the blazing Spanish sunshine the day before the opening ceremony of the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona and boasted teams from Spain, Scotland, England, Argentina, France and the Pacific Islands - captained by All Black, Doug Howlett. Once recovered from the initial shock of watching Dougie 500 boot up and his polite declination of our invite to bench for us we set about the pool stages taking an early 2 try lead against a Spanish national select. Disappointingly, after wasting 3 clear try scoring opportunities we wilted slightly in the heat and conceded 3 second half scores to open up with a loss. Picking ourselves up we advanced into the Plate Final following a 5 try win over the French side in our pool and then a really hard faught win over some Argentinians who it turns out are very keen to organise a rugby tour to Scotland next year. The Kukuri Badgers of London Scottish were waiting for us in the final - game which was played in a fair but fiercly competitive vein left Cammy with a torn hammy (rhymes), the eldest Smeaton with a concussion and Stevie G with a broken nose which against the 15 strong squad of the Badgers was to ultimately tell and despite a may-sive effort from everyone left us 3 scores to 2 down at the final whistle.

Absolutely brilliant day though where not only did nails play shoulder to shoulder with hawks but we all made new friends and represented well on and off the field. Beers earnt we then got involved in the party - which I'd recommend to everyone - and all successfully ran with the bulls on monday morning at 6am after a long day and night on the drink suffering nothing worse than a stubbed toe. Easy.

Thanks to Hawks for the loan of the shirts - hope you are all well and look forward to catching up at some stage this season.

Cheers for now, Smeats

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