Four teams survived day two of the Men’s Elite bracket with a chance to play inside Sam Boyd Stadium Saturday in front of thousands of fans on hand for the IRB Sevens World Series. Of them, three are barbarian sides, and one a national team.
Romania and Spain, two of the most highly touted national teams, were ousted in the quarterfinals Friday. Romania by the Social Vibe Pups, 36-7, and Spain by Tiger Rugby, 14-12.
Both barbarian sides have a fair amount of American flavor. Former Eagle Jason Pye and his Utah Warrior teammate Ben Nicholls played for the Pups, and Belmont Shore is a veritable USA B-team.
The Pups did away with Romania easily, but Tiger had to play all 14 minutes to eek out their win.
The third barbarian team is the French XV Froggies, who ousted the Canadian Dog River Howlers 26-14 in their quarterfinal match.
The lone national team is Chile, who had a terrific Friday, walloping the Philippines Pacific 47-5 in pool play and Bermuda 24-0 in the Cup quarterfinals.
Tiger, having beaten the most vaunted team in the competition already, draws the Froggies in one Saturday semifinal. The Pups and Chile meet in the other. The semis will be played at 8 and 8:20am, respectively, and the final inside the stadium kicks off at 3:40pm.