Life University triumph at Cape Fear Sevens

Life University triumph at Cape Fear Sevens

Life University upset the odds on Sunday at the Cape Fear Sevens by edging out a talented and highly favoured Nova side to take the coveted Men’s Premier trophy. With the scores at the final whistle tied up at 12 apiece, extra time was required to separate the sides with Life, overcoming their rivals 17-12 in what was the second final of the US Series. Life University are an established name in the fifteen-a-side US Super League, winners of the Blue conference this season before just missing out in the Play-off Final. The loss will be tough for Nova being the second tournament in succession that they have narrowly lost out the title.

Life University upset the odds on Sunday at the Cape Fear Sevens by edging out a talented and highly favoured Nova side to take the coveted Men’s Premier trophy. With the scores at the final whistle tied up at 12 apiece, extra time was required to separate the sides with Life, overcoming their rivals 17-12 in what was the second final of the US Series.

Life University, coached by USA Seven player Tui Osbourne, are an established name in the fifteen-a-side US Super League, winners of the Blue conference this season before just missing out in the Play-off Final. They won the Renegade 7s and will play in the South 7s championships and the Elvis 7s in Memphis before nationals.  The loss will be tough for Nova being the second tournament in succession that they have narrowly lost out the title.

Life made the final by beating the always tough OMBAC in Sunday’s quarter finals 29-12, and then Old Blue 31-17. NOVA beat the Florida-based Rugby Academy of America 46-0 in the quarters and then downed the Kenya Exiles 19-7 in the semis playing an exciting brand of attacking sevens.

Perhaps the biggest upset of the day was Old Blue superbly beating the Marshwood Dolphins, the British Army team, 19-14 in their quarter final clash.

In the women’s competition it was the Nova Piranhas who continued their highly successful season overcoming a valiant Northeast Women side 15-7. In the Men’s Club Kudus toughed out a low-scoring final 14-7. Kudus took the Men’s Club trophy whilst Western Suburbs triumphed in the Social with a win over Horde. Fifty squads, including some international sides, turned out at Sugden Park.

Life University Squad: Garry Sullivan*, Nathan Rogers, Mark Aylor, Seth Kolka, Brendon Thomson, Luke Waikamakama, Clint Whitler, Kevin Ndongi, Brian Page, Joe Breuer, Colton Cariaga, Tony Brooks


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Cannibals win Calgary in emotional circumstances

The Cannibals came together to beat out 19 other teams to win the 38th Annual Stampede Sevens Tournament - the biggest rugby tournament of its kind in Western Canada. The victory was made all sweeter with the side playing in memory of Kenny Su’a, the 43-year-old innocent bystander who was shot and killed in the Calgary New Year's Day triple murder, who was a former teammate of The Cannibals.

In addition to being their teammate, Su'a was also their team sponsor and his company logo was proudly embroidered on the front of their jerseys. They hoisted the Tornado Cup after beating The Pacific Islanders from Vancouver with a score of 26-12 in the final game, with the added bonus of a cheque for $2000.

For videos of the Calgary Stampede Sevens click here.