Frankie Horne reflects on SX10’s WTS Cup win
Frankie Horne’s SX10 squad produced three unbeaten performances to lift the inaugural WTS Cup on Saturday evening in Hamilton, Bermuda.
They defeated the Asia Pacific Dragons, Phoenix and then, trailing 14-0 to Ohio Aviators just before half time, a brace of tries to Collins Injera and the winning score from Craig Hunt saw them take the honours.
“The boys stuck to their guns. We knew we wouldn’t be able to out muscle them so we had to find a way to outsmart them. We found a way to outmaneuver them, particularly in that second-half and that was key in the end.
“I’m really proud of all the players because we knew after our first match against Ohio in the league that it was going to be a real physical battle and we stood up to that.”
With the majority of Horne’s squad coming from a 7s background, the physicality of the Aviators was always going to be testing.
“We have a core of 7s players, and it was key that we managed to be able to use that space when it opened up and allow our confidence to grow. Once we got that momentum, our confidence grew and we started playing with a lot more flair.
“We have some seasoned campaigners who I knew wouldn’t panic when we went behind. These guys know how to deal with pressured situations, and it was about the guys just keeping their heads and sticking to the plan.”
It has certainly been an interesting few weeks for SX10, having to isolate following a player within the squad testing positive for COVID-19, so to come back and win three league matches and the WTS Cup is some feat.
“We were handed a lifeline to come back into this tournament after what happened with Covid situation and I’m just really proud that the squad came together and have achieved what they have.
“It’s a nice story that we’ve come away with the Cup after our start to the tournament.”