VIDEO: Top Guns beat Marines at South Molton Sevens
THE TOP GUNS overcame the Marines as South Molton's Annual Rugby Sevens Tournament hit new heights of popularity.
The host club admitted to being taken by surprise by the level of interest in this year's competition.
Perhaps it was combining the rugby with a beer festival that saw 16 teams turn up at the weekend.
Top Gun 7s, an invitational team based in Devon, emerged victorious.
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In the final they defeated Cookie Monsters, a team of Marines from RMB Chivenor featuring a host of athletic players from the South Pacific.
Grant Sheldon, the South Molton chairman, said: "Sixteen teams took part with about 180 players. Last year we had about 10 teams.
"We weren't expecting that many but it's a good platform for where we want to be next year."
Local pride was at stake in the group stage when Sparrows Galore took on Real Tuff.
Current and former Barnstaple players including Winston James, Toby Williamson, Johny Carter, Mark Lee, Dan Lee and Ben Vellacott were in the Sparrows side.
Tuff had England under-16 captain Nik Harris and former Gloucester A player Ryan Brend in their squad with current Bideford players James Starkey, Andrew Mackenzie-Shapland and Richie Allin as well as a few older heads.
Sparrows went 14-0 up with tries by Williamson and Carter. After Brend and Harris had crossed they led just 19-14 but three more tries completed a 40-14 win.
One of the scorers was Vellacott, less than 48 hours after he got a try for Exeter Chiefs in front of 13,000 spectators against Gloucester in the JP Morgan Premiership Rugby 7s Series at Kingsholm.
Despite defeats to Worcester Warriors and Bath, Exeter still had a chance of going through to tomorrow's Series Final before losing 28-19 to Gloucester.
South Molton had three teams in their tournament and the club took the chance to show off the refurbished clubhouse.
There is less change on the field, where their Tribute Devon One team will continue to be led by head coach Gary Bucknell and captain Sam Howard.
They are also planning to run a colts team, coached by Toby Shaddick, while still supporting the North Devon Barbarians.
"We have somewhere in the region of 14 to 18 players training for the colts on Thursdays," said Sheldon.