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Panther Rugby Academy, Loudoun Triumphant at Youth Sevens

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Panther Rugby Academy, Loudoun Triumphant at Youth Sevens

Photo Preston Bucsanyi.

Panther Rugby repeated as the National Youth 7s Rugby U16 champions, beating Gorilla in the final.

In a back-and-forth final PRA saw Gorilla come back to tie the game at 19-19 late before Panther pulled away with a converted try to win it 26-19.

Overall PRA beat Badger Selects, LA Tribe, and Pasefika in pool play on Day One, and then Atlantis 31-12 in the semis before the final win over Gorilla.

Atlantis took 3rd over Badger, while the Tribe took 5th over Pasefika 24-17. The Woodlands defeated Wildcats to take 7th.

National Youth 7s Day Two Scores

Spare a though for Tribe, which had a battle in almost every game. They lot to Badger Selects 12-10 in pool play, and a win there would have seen them in the top four. They played Pasefika twice, beating them by a try each time. They looked very impressive in their 5th-place semifinal over Wildcats.

In the U14s, PRA also showed well, getting to the semifinals, but the champion was Loudoun. The Virginia-based team showed superb teamwork in beating Bethesda and, in the final San Diego 24-19.

Bethesda took 3rd over PRA, while Utah Elite did well to take 5th over Badger Selects. Utah were just pipped for a place in the semis via points difference (losing out to Bethesda). They ended the tournament 4-1 with their only loss to Loudoun.

West Park took 7th over Bremer, the CATS rebounded from a 0-3 Day One to edge Pasefika in the 9th-place semis and Hawkeyes in the 9th-place final. Pasefika took 11th over Wasatch.

Photos below by Preston Bucsanyi.