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Army redeemed themselves from a disappointing 2010 CRC, where they failed to win a game, and fan the table Saturday at the USA 7s Collegiate Rugby Championship at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.

The Cadets were outstanding, playing a much more varied, 7s style than they did in 2010, and that in term gave all sorts of room for Ben Leatigaga to cause damage.

It wasn’t easy. Army barely beat Central Washington 14-12 thanks to outstanding defense. They took care of a North Carolina team that had unexpectedly blown out Navy, beating the Tar Heels 27-5.

That set up their clash with Navy, which, despite the disparate records (2-0 for Army and 0-2 for Navy) turned into a tight tussle, as Navy stormed back to lead 15-12 before Dave Geib scored and converted to put the game away.

It was a new-look West Point team, then, benefitting much from the tutelage of former USA 7s player Justin Hundley . Second in Pool C came down to Central Washington versus North Carolina. UNC had upset Navy before losing to Army. CWU had lost to Army thanks to too many turnovers, but then held off Navy 14-7.

“The tries we gave up, we gave up ourselves,” said CWU co-coach and 7s legend Waisale Serevi. “The boys have not played in this tournament before, and in front of all these fans in a stadium like this. It was new for them and I told them, relax, you are playing well; be patient, and it will come.”

And it came. With Tim Stanfill his speedy best, Central Washington overcame North Carolina 21-10.

“We just played more to our system,” said CWU’s Patrick Blair, who was often in the middle of the action.


Pool C

W

L

T

Pf

Pa

Pd

Pts

Army

3

0

0

60

32

28

9

Central Washington

2

1

0

47

31

16

7

North Carolina

1

2

0

53

55

-2

5

Navy

0

3

0

29

71

-42

3