The Pacific Coast, West, All Americans and South have all jumped out to victories in the opening round of the Men’s 7s National All-Star Championships Friday at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista.
The Pacific Coast handled perhaps their most challenging Pool A foes, Southern California, in the first game of the day. Pate Tuilevuka, Folau Niua, and Nu’u Punimata and Ben Green all scored tries, but no conversions kept Southern California within shouting distance, and Justin Boyd and Taylor Howden’s tries were both converted by Howden, putting the Griffins withing six. But that was all as the Pac Coast won 20-14.
It was also a tight affair in the other Pool A match, as the South got two tries from speedy and shifty Bobby Allen, and tries from Rod Ceasar and Mu Cabbell to win 22-12.
The All Americans were tagged as Pool B favorites by RUGBYMag.com and showed that in the opening match, scoring five tries from five different players to dismiss the Mid-Atlantic 27-5.
JP Eloff, Garrett Lambert, Rocco Mauer, Bubba Jones and Muhammed Abdul-Shakoor all scored for the collegiates.
And the experienced West hammered a young Midwest side 36-5. Chris Tofte scored twice and Sean O’Sullivan, Bryce Spaur, Matt Hayes and Hunter Leland all contributed a try in the rout. Max de Achaval kicked three conversions.
Those four teams all lead their pools at 1-0.
Tries: Boyd, Howden
Convs: Howden 2
Pac Coast 20
Tries: Tuilevuka, Folan, Punimata, Green
Tries: Moore, Cullen
Tries: Cabbell, Allen 2, Ceasar
Tries: Eloff, Lambert, Mauer, Jones, Abdul-Shakoor
Tries: O'Sullivan, Tofte (2), Spaur, Hayes, Leland
Convs: De Achaval (3)