On Saturday rugby sevens comes back to Cleveland for the annual Rock n Roll 7s Tournament.
Until Friday, it appeared that the Chicago Lions had the top spot in the Midwest 7s Series region all but locked up. But the Lions, unintentionally fielded an ineligible player in the opening tournament of the series, and have been docked enough points for that infraction to drop to a tie for 2nd with 1823. The Milwaukee Barbarians now sit atop the standings, with the Lions, 1823, with the Youngbloodz, Chicago Griffins, and Western Michigan on the outside, but still in with a chance.
With a final tournament to follow this one, any of these teams could lock up a seed to nationals with another strong finish.
It could all come down to points difference, which is the tiebreaker for teams with the same number of series points. The Lions have a massive advantage in points difference over the Barbarians, and 1823 is ahead of Milwaukee in that measurement, also.
With the Barbarians, Lions and 1823 as the big fish in their respective small pools, it seems as though the three leading teams in the region should have little issue getting out of their pools to get their hands on one another.
Cleveland is also of importance to the Youngbloodz and CARPS, who stand out of range of the leading teams in the region. The Youngbloodz have had an uncharacteristically rough showing this summer. Where they had found success in previous summers, they find themselves having a harder time this year. Cleveland is a chance for them to prove they are still a force to be reckoned with in the Midwest and shouldn’t be overlooked. For the hosting side, CARPS, this tournament is more about pride than points. After a poor showing, a forfeit and a no-show, it is imperative that the CARPS put together something solid to at least try to save face.