18 May, 15:44
It's down to the wire now for the five contenders who have been shortlisted for the ultimate individual accolade in northern hemisphere rugby, ERC European Player of the Year 2013.
In the plate competition, Southampton Uni's second team made it a good day all round for the Southampton students by claiming the honours, with a comprehensive victory over the home team in the final. Southampton racked up a half century of points in an end to end, edge of the seat spectacular and there was plenty of free flowing rugby in a pool that also included Portsmouth Uni Old Boys, Havant Mariners, Southampton Uni Hospital and Sandown.
Clayton Patilla, tournament organiser at US Portsmouth RFC, said: "The day was a great success with perfect weather and some wonderful free flowing rugby played in a wonderful spirit - exactly what the Heineken 10s is all about. The two finals were great spectacles with the Plate competition in particular being end to end edge of your seat entertainment for the neutrals in the crowd. We were delighted to host the competition and look forward to hosting the tournament again next year."
By winning the sixth Heineken 10s festival, Newbury automatically go into the hat alongside previous victors to become eligible for the Heineken legacy donation, which will be awarded to one of the victorious clubs at the completion of the competition.
The Heineken 10s, which take place at 15 separate clubs this autumn, will act as the perfect prelude to another exciting season of European competition. The tournaments are the first ever national club 10s tournament in England and will see over 3000 amateur players getting involved.