What a ruckus

Denton Wilde Sapte romped to triumph at the recent Taylor Root Law Society Rugby Sevens, winning its first two matches with a cumulative score of 71 without reply. The firm’s victory over Linklaters in the final was met with roars of approval from the crowd, which delighted in any defeat inflicted on the magic circle firm after the team behaved with what one participant described as “astonishing arrogance throughout the day”. Another magic circle firm, Freshfields, famed for its sporting prowess and the seriousness with which it takes such events, faced the ignominy of having to qualify for the tournament for the first time, albeit only as a result of failing to get its application form in on time. The firm is perhaps best remembered for its performance in 2001. Having strolled to victory the previous year, the team was so confident of retaining the trophy it didn’t bother bringing it along to the competition. But it hadn’t counted on a miraculously improved Clyde & Co team and a courier had to be dispatched promptly the following morning to ship the trophy to its new owners. Perhaps the most sought-after trophy of the day, though, is that awarded for fair play. The clear winner for this year was the team from William Fry. First to arrive, first out of the competition after scoring a grand total of five points, but the last to leave, the Irish firm was still going strong late into the night. And all to the musical accompaniment of bagpipes.