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Eastside Finds Spring in Step in 7s

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Eastside Finds Spring in Step in 7s

Offloads from the tackle were crucial for Eastside.

Summer high school 7s is back in the state of Washington and already we've seen the reawakening of a rivalry.

While Liberty HS ran the table in 15s, beating Eastside, Rainier, and Budd Bay twice each to go 6-0. There was no state playoff, but Liberty certainly had the best record. Eastside, meanwhile, went to the Boys HS National Championships, playing in Tier 2. While Eastside went 0-3, players and coaches said the young team learned a lot and their attitude in talking to GRR after the tournament appeared to be very positive.

What they learned they were able to take into the beginning of the Rugby Washington 7s. Eastside came out of that event 3-0, beating Liberty four tries to one.

This was the Lions' first 7s experience in close to two years, and they benefited from a visit to training by 7s impresario Waisale Serevi. He ran a session for the Eastside players and they took those pointers to heart.

Nick Davis and Max Rhodes led the way scoring the first two tries in the final match against Liberty, and then Seru Tokaliagi finished the game off with a pair of very well-taken opportunities, set up by offloads from Rhodes and Garrett Salas.