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Surprises In Idaho 7s Playoffs

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Surprises In Idaho 7s Playoffs

Meridian is making a move at the right time. Amy Morrison photo.

Rugby Idaho's Girls 7s fall 7s season is down to the final four for each bracket.

Both the JV and Varsity brackets will finish up on October 17, but we didn't know would be the last four in Varsity before today.

Going into todays playoffs, Rocky Mountain and Mountain View were the favorites to move to the top four because they were essentially tied at the top of the season standings. Well, it didn't quite work out so seamlessly. Rocky Mountain actually lost 14-7 to a consistently improving Meridian team. And in fact it wasn't that close. Meridian scored the first try in a back-and-forth, physical, defensive battle right at the end of the first half, and added another midway through the second. They led 14-0 before Rocky Mountain punched one in at the end of the game.

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That loss didn't end Rocky Mountain's run. They had a second chance, facing Centennial, who had lost 31-0 to Eagle HS in the opener. Meridian, however, had done their job and secured a place in the semis.

Eagle, having beaten Centennial, then played the #1 seed Mountain View. The favored Mountain View Squad got one try in the first half and led 5-0 at the break. Eagle stormed back and tied the game 12-12 at the end of full time. The game then went to penalty kicks, which Mountain View winning that 2-1.

Still, having won that first game, Eagle was into the semis, and Mountain View's close win did the job, too.

In the final game of the day, Centennial, winless all season, gave Rocky Mountain all they could handle in the opening seven minutes. Rocky Mountain ran in two tries and then exploded in the second half to win 36-0. (Thanks to Match Facts for the scores)

So that puts the semis on October 17 as follows:

Rocky Mountain vs Eagle

Meridian vs Mountain View

After Mountain View and Rocky Mountain led the charge all season, going a combined 16-2 against the rest of the league, but no one backed down Wednesday night. Both Meridian and Eagle brought their best, and showed they could shake things up on Saturday too. Led by Nesi Tuitama's superb finishing, Meridian could go all the way.

The JV brackets are already set:

Mountain View vs Eagle
Rocky Mountain Black vs Rocky Mountain Purple

All the final four games are set for Saturday at Rocky Mountain HS in Meridian, Idaho.