The highly-anticipated 2023 USA Club 7s Rugby National Championships unfolded in Madison, Wisconsin, on August 12-13, bringing together top teams from around the country for an exhilarating weekend of rugby action. Amidst the competitive atmosphere, unexpected twists added layers of drama to the tournament, resulting in memorable moments on and off the field.
While the tournament showcased the dedication and passion of various teams, two squads stood out in their journey to the championship finals.
Chicago Lions Women's Remarkable Journey
In the women's division, the Chicago Lions displayed exceptional skills and teamwork as they advanced through the competition. Their journey commenced with a convincing 47-0 victory over Dallas RFC, setting the tone for their tournament run. Their strong performance continued in the subsequent matches, with wins against Phoenix (FL) and NoVa.
As the competition grew fiercer, the Chicago Lions found themselves facing HEB in a Cup quarter-final, emerging victorious with a score of 40-5. This win paved the way for a gripping Cup semi-final against WAC, which the Lions triumphed in with a score of 14-0.
The Chicago Lions' remarkable journey culminated in the Cup Final, where they faced off against a formidable opponent in Camp Pendleton Warriors. The Warriors grabbed two tries early, but the Lions fought their way back to win 17-12. Their journey through the pool stages and knockout rounds showcased their determination, adaptability, and commitment to rugby excellence.
NAV Men's Back-to-Back Championship Run
In the men's division, NAV showcased their determination to secure another championship title, building upon their triumph from the previous year. Their journey began with a solid victory over Old Blue, setting the tone for their campaign. NAV's consistent performance continued in the pool stage, as they secured wins against Life West and NoVa.
As the competition advanced, NAV faced fierce competition in the quarterfinal against Denver Barbos. In a closely contested match, NAV managed to secure a narrow 19-14 victory, highlighting their ability to thrive under pressure. Their semifinal matchup against Schuylkill River presented another intense battle, resulting in a 12-10 win.
The culmination of NAV's back-to-back championship run took place in the Cup Final, where they faced a determined STL Bombers team. NAV's ability to maintain their composure and execute crucial plays in high-stakes situations ultimately led to their victory with a 12-10 scoreline.
Amidst the backdrop of unexpected challenges and remarkable victories, the 2023 USA Club 7s Rugby National Championships celebrated the sport's values, unity, and the undying passion of the players. As the event concluded, the memories forged on the field will resonate within the rugby community, serving as a testament to the enduring spirit of the sport.
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