Triple titles: Manly celebrate another win at the Crescent Head Rugby SevensMANLY’S reign on the Crescent Head Rugby Sevens competition continued on the weekend.
For the third year in a row the premier Sydney rugby club clinched the cup final beating Forest 24-14 and took home the $7000 in prize money.
“They were deserved winners,” event organiser James Lancaster said.
“The team featured a lot of big guys and one really fast player, who helped them make the final after a brilliant runaway try in the semi-final.”
Talented: Manly won the quarter-final against Red Rock and went on to win the Crescent Rugby Sevens on the weekend
Manly came close to not making the cup final, after a tight tussle against arch rivals Warringah in the semis.
“It was 12-all at full-time and Manly scrapped through as they scored the first try,” Lancaster said.
The other semi was equally as close between Fijian side Yamacia and Forest and at times the match did get heated and players were penalised.
The Sydney-based club Forest scored in the last play of the game to cement their place in the grand final.
Host club, the Kempsey Cannonballs scored their best result at a Sevens tournament, making the plate final. They were beaten by Southern Districts, who play in the Sydney premier competition, 20-5.
Leap of faith: Hastings Vikings take on Lennox Head. It was one of 81 games played on Saturday
The bowl final saw Lindfield defeat Hastings Vikings.
The women’s cup final was a show-down between Sydney University and Newcastle Uni.
“There was not much between all the teams and the final was very close,” Lancaster said.
In what was a tight contest and at times pretty rough, Sydney Uni prevailed to win 10-7. The match was marred by a heated exchange between players towards the end of the final.
Lancaster said despite a few minor problems the tournament was a huge success.
“There were 81 games played between 8am and 7pm,” he said.
“We can’t take anyone teams. We will try and repeat what we did this year. It seems to be a successful formula from all reports, with a good atmosphere and competition.”
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