Written by Alex Goff    Friday, 24 January 2014 01:57    PDF Print Write e-mail
Men's Elite 7s Latest
Tournaments - LVI


The Serevi Selects dominated Pool E in the Men’s Elite 7s at the Las Vegas Invitational, putting 1823, Trinidad & Tobago, and Northeast ODA to the sword.

Lionheart 7s. Ian Muir photo
Ben Gollings gets away for Serevi. Ian Muir photo
Madison Hughes for the USA Falcons. Ian Muir photo
Not allowed. Mike Ziegler runs into the ball-catcher. Ian Muir photo

Led by flyhalf Ben Gollings, who directed most aspects of the team’s attack and defense, and with Mike Palefau and Miles Craigwell busting tackles, and a variety of supporting cast, they caused defenses all sorts of problems. Most teams hardly saw the ball. And when the Serevi starters needed a rest, players such as Nic Hawkins and Kevin Swiryn stepped in and caused havoc, as well.
Also winning were English touring side Lionheart in Pool A, the Northeast Olympic Development Academy in Pool B, New Orleans Royale Selects in Pool C, Belgium in Pool D, and the USA Falcons in Pool F.

The Northeast ODA rebounded after tying a very athletic Mana Utah team to beat the US Armed Forces to win their pool. The ODA was aggressive in defense and punished Armed Forces turnovers.

New Orleans tied cOUScOUS before crushing Peru and defeating Atlantis. The New Orleans squad was smart and physical, and took the attack to their opponents.

Perhaps the surprise pool winners were the Belgians. They outplayed the Maple Leafs – the Canadian development side – by playing more skilled 7s against a team that thought they could steamroll the relatively small Belgium team.

“We want to win with more skill and passing and using our speed,” said wing Gaspard Lalli. “We get to play the 2nd teams of countries in the IRB World Series and top teams like Serevi. It’s a good challenge for us. We know we need to start here at the LVI and win and win so we can get into the final and into the stadium.”

The Maple Leafs were a bit shocked to lose, and knew they needed to work hard to get one of the two wild card spots. In the end, they pummeled Zoo Sports Ronin 45-0 to bump 1823 out of the 8th spot to make the Quarterfinals.

The USA Falcons started shakily, as did many of these teams. They barely beat Mexico, struggled somewhat with the Selects, and then edged the Chicago Lions. The Selects game was marred by a red card to Mike Ziegler for taking a player out in the air. It was a mistake, not malicious, and while Ziegler got suspended for the rest of the day, he will be playing on Sunday.

Madison Hughes had some impressive moments for the Falcons, as did Mike Te’o and Jack Halalilo, but the team’s cohesion was lacking despite the 3-0 record.

Also making the Quarterfinals was wild card team Mana Utah, who tied the Northeast ODA team and toasted the Armed Forces by being faster and more opportunistic.



Pool A W L T PF PA PTS
Lionheart 7's 3 0 0 53 19 9
Chile 2 1 0 40 22 7
Azul 1 2 0 26 36 5
Kalihi Raiders Rugby Club 0 3 0 0 42 3







Pool B W L T PF PA PTS
Northeast ODA 2 0 1 59 24 8
Mana Utah Selects 2 0 1 52 24 8
US Armed Forces 1 2 0 38 59 5
B2 0 0 0 0 0 0







Pool C W L T PF PA PTS
New Orleans Royale Selects 2 0 1 76 26 8
Atlantis 2 1 0 41 27 7
cOUScOUS 1 1 1 45 58 6
Peru 0 3 0 19 41 3







Pool D W L T PF PA PTS
Belgium 3 0 0 48 21 9
Maple Leafs 2 1 0 97 26 7
Zoo Sports Ronin 0 2 1 26 88 4
Cayman Islands 0 2 1 26 105 4







Pool E W L T PF PA PTS
Serevi Selects 3 0 0 118 7 9
1823 2 1 0 87 38 7
New York City 7s 1 2 0 54 91 5
Trinidad & Tobago 0 3 0 19 115 3



B2 0 US Armed Forces 14
Northeast ODA 12 Mana Utah Selects 12
Atlantis 14 Peru 0
New Orleans Royale Selects 19 cOUScOUS 19
Lionheart 7's 22 Azul 7
Chile 14 Kalihi Raiders Rugby Club 0
Zoo Sports Ronin 19 Cayman Islands 19
Maple Leafs 14 Belgium 19
Northeast ODA 33 US Armed Forces 12
B2 0 Mana Utah Selects 14
Atlantis 20 cOUScOUS 5
New Orleans Royale Selects 35 Peru 0
Lionheart 7's 14 Kalihi Raiders Rugby Club 0
Chile 14 Azul 5
Zoo Sports Ronin 7 Belgium 24
Maple Leafs 38 Cayman Islands 7
Northeast ODA 14 B2 0
Mana Utah Selects 26 US Armed Forces 12
Atlantis 7 New Orleans Royale Selects 22
Peru 19 cOUScOUS 21
Lionheart 7's 17 Chile 12
Azul 14 Kalihi Raiders Rugby Club 0
Zoo Sports Ronin 0 Maple Leafs 45
Cayman Islands 0 Belgium 48
Serevi Selects 26 1823 7
Northeast ODA 2 22 Trinidad & Tobago 12
US Falcons 14 Mexico 7
Chicago Lions 14 The Selects 19
Serevi Selects 49 Trinidad & Tobago 0
New York City 7s 5 1823 36
US Falcons 26 The Selects 7
Chicago Lions 19 Mexico 14
Serevi Selects 43 Northeast ODA 2 0
1823 44 Trinidad & Tobago 7
US Falcons 26 Chicago Lions 17
Mexico 5 The Selects 15


Friday Knockout Games

800 Bowl QF Northeast ODA II
BYE
820 Bowl QF Mexico v Peru
840 Bowl QF Caymen Islands v Trinidad & Tobago
900 Bowl QF Zoo Sports Ronin
BYE
920 Plate QF 1823 v US Armed Forces
940 Plate QF Selects v CousCous
1000 Plate QF Atlantis v Chicago
920 Cup QF Serevi v Maple Leafs
940 Cup QF Lionheart v New Orleans
1000 Cup QF US Falcons v Northeast ODA
1020 Cup QF Belgium v Mana Utah