GRR: Rhinos Rugby Academy
There were surprises throughout the Boys Elite U18 bracket at the Tropical 7s.
The Falcon 7s opened the door to elite-level 7s for women and girls players, and we saw some talent rise to the top.
Julie McCoy, who heads up hosts American Rugby Pro Training Center (ARPTC), ran the tournament, and pulled triple-duty as live-streaming commentator, was impressed with the standard of play, especially on the high school side.
Rhinos Rugby edged Eagle Impact Rugby Academy 12-7 to win the inaugural Boys 7s Youth Rugby Championship Sunday in Cleveland.
The Rhinos came back from a 7-0 deficit to score twice on the outside, with the second try being a penalty try, and then held on to win it from there.
The Rhinos lead the inaugural World Tens Series tournament in Bermuda after taking their fifth-straight win in dramatic fashion, scoring a try well into injury time and slotting a two-point conversion to beat the London Royals 7-6.
Belmont Shore and Rhino Rugby Academy ran off with 3-0 records in a series of shortened games at the Storer Classic at UCLA.
The tournament, which is part of the annual collegiate Storer Classic (won by Cal), is a series of shortened games among teams from Southern California, Northern California, and Utah.