Townsville take out Tropical Sevens
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