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A decade ago in 2007, the domestic Super League celebrated its tenth anniversary when perennial powerhouse Belmont Shore (Long Beach, California) defeated the Chicago Lions 27-21 in San Diego for the club title. Belmont Shore chalked up their fourth championship. They had made the finals on eight occasions in those ten years, dominating American club rugby. Belmont were considered favorites after having gone through an undefeated season.
The Lions advanced to the final by defeating cross-town rival, Chicago Griffins 20-17 in Chicago. Belmont Shore beat San Francisco Golden Gate 23-13 at home in Long Beach.
At first, the final match seemed to be an upset Lions's victory for the team's first Super League title. They surged ahead by 18 points, and ahead 21-7 at the break. But then began a spirited comeback from the running of Henry Bloomfield aided by the match MVP Caine Elisara.
In the second period, Belmont Shore scored next on a Joey Nanai try to reduce the lead to 21-14. Francois Viljoen hit a penalty to narrow the lead to 21-17 at the 71st minute. High scorer Viljoen (19 points) bolted in for the winning try. Valenese Malifa kicked a drop goal in penalty time for the six-point cushion.
That year other division titles went to D1 Hayward 30-16 over Austin Blacks. DII Raleigh 34-20 versus Tulsa, and, finally, DIII's Boston Irish Wolfhounds' 55-5 romp against Mission.