Corporate passes are as hard to score as tries on the pitch, says Lau

PUBLISHED : Monday, 31 March, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 31 March, 2008, 12:00am

Games on the field are won or lost over a pass. But this isn't the only 'critical pass' at the Sevens. Overheard in the corridors or corporate power - the crowded corridors that lead to the coveted corporate boxes - was the ubiquitous request of one corporate colleague to another, 'Can I borrow that pass?' This time, the call came from Barry Lau, (aka 'Wow'), head of fund derivatives for BNP Paribas. 'As long as it's not a forward pass, I don't mind,' joked Lau. 'Trust me, these passes are like gold up here', he said. 'Scoring one of these is as hard as scoring a try out there for those guys on the pitch. Maybe even harder.' BNP gave up their box a while back. And like Australia winning here at the Sevens, they discovered it was a long, long wait to get back to the place they once held. Summing up the fact that those shiny silver escalators that lead to the top floors really are a stairway to rugby heaven, Lau (pictured) said: 'It's not just passes and goals that are really hard to get at the Sevens, they're merely the tip of the iceberg. The three years were well worth the wait, though.'