Townsville take out Trop­i­cal Sev­ens

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

IN a year when Sev­ens Rugby will be­come an Olympic sport for the first time, in­ter­est in this short­ened form of the game has never been higher.

Only seven play­ers from each team tak­ing the field en­sures plenty of wide open spa­ces for fast paced, end to end rugby and that was cer­tainly on show on Satur­day, de­spite heavy rain overnight and at the start of play. Sev­ens rugby is played over three rounds, af­ter which points are tal­lied and teams are ranked one to eight.

The top four pro­ceed to the Cup con­test while teams ranked fifth to eighth are left to fight out the Plate con­test. Sadly, for lo­cal sup­port­ers, the Raiders found them­selves out of the top eight and were elim­i­nated.

In the Plate semi-fi­nals South­side Black de­feated South­side Gold while JCU de­feated Bar­ron Red. In the fi­nal, JCU proved too classy for a gutsy South­side Black tak­ing the Plate tro­phy 20-5.

The Cup semi-fi­nals saw SMC too good for Brothers and Wan­der­ers de­feat Bar­ron Blue in a highly en­ter­tain­ing con­test.

So the Cup fi­nal which is played over two gut-wrench­ing halves came down to a bat­tle be­tween the two early favourites, SMC a Townsville­based team and Cairns Wan­der­ers.

Fit­tingly, the match was a very even con­test with some ex­cel­lent tries and des­per­ate de­fence which kept the healthy crowd highly en­ter- tained. The lead changed sev­eral times and the re­sult was still very much in doubt for the en­tire game.

SMC out­lasted a very brave Wan­der­ers 21-19 to claim the Cup and $2000 prize­money in what was un­doubt­edly the clos­est fi­nal in the six-year his­tory of the event.

In the women’s fi­nal South­side de­feated Brothers 25-5.

Port Dou­glas Rugby Sev­ens team

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