The top eight in the CRC Qualifier in Men's College 7s at the Las Vegas Invitational are set.
Dartmouth was dominant and takes the top seed. Little surprise there.Photos by David Barpal click on smaller photos to enlarge
Perhaps the surprise of the tournament was Utah Valley, which took the #2 seed and is a serious contender.
The news that the CRC and Varsity Cup may well be in a breakup with NBC is not especially surprising.
Strong personalities both at the network and in United World Sports seemed ripe for a little bit of conflict, and while United World Sports may not be a scorched earth organization, it certainly doesn't carry a water hose with it, either.
DMV United won the Boys HS 7s Elite Bracket at the CRC 7s weekend, defeating the Utah Cannibals 26-14 in the final.
DMV, which draws from teams in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area (hence the name), defeated West Shore, Rhino Rugby Academy, and Greenwich in a very tough Pool A on Saturday, and then took down West Chester Turks Head 26-0 in the semis.
Cal won their 5th-straight CRC Sunday, defeating Life University 19-0 in the final.
The final day of the CRC was a test, and maybe a final exam, of how difficult a top-level 7s tournament can be. Fit and aggressive, Lindenwood expected to make the final, but in the end some execution and discipline breakdowns cost them and it was Life that won that semi.
The Collegiate Rugby Championship is an event that is supposed to say a lot about the college game, mostly because it's on NBC, but NBC also says what it wants.The results are all here, with pool standings, so have a look.
What we found out on Saturday was intriguing.
LaSalle, Malvern Prep,, Downingtown, and Salesianum lead the Boys HS Open 7s at the CRC after all four went 3-0 Friday.
Of the teams that didn't top their pools, Eagle Mountain (12-10 losers to LaSalle), and Media (20-21 losers to Downingtown) might feel they don't have far to go to overcome that deficit. Those teams, plus Union and Bishop Shanahan made the top eight.
With one national-level college 7s tournament done and one more to go, the CRC starts up this weekend in Chester, Pa.
We've got some pool-specific previews on FloRugby
The CRC 7s has announced the pools for its men's competition June 3-4 in Chester, Pa.
The tournament will have six pools of four teams each, with the six winners and the two best 2nd-place teams making the Cup Quarterfinals. This will mean that points difference will be a crucial aspect in deciding knockout round seeds and those two wild card spots.
So we now know the teams playing for a major 7s championship in college rugby, and, boy, it's a lot of teams.
It's a lot even though USA Rugby drastically reduced their number of teams participating. We still have 16 USA DI Men's teams, 24 CRC Men's teams, 12 USA Women's teams, 16 CRC Women's teams, 12 USA DII Men's teams, 8 NSCRO Men's teams, and 6 CRC Collegiate Challenge teams.
The qualifiers for the various end-of-season 7s tournaments are starting to fall into play.
We know the teams going to the CRC (see here), bar one more to be selected. The USA Rugby list is less set as most observers aren't even sure what the qualifiers are.
We're getting close to the climax of college 7s.
The tournament frequency and meaning will ramp up starting this coming weekend, and here's a quick look at what has happened so far.