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Nevada rebounded from a pool-opening loss to UC Davis to win the Pacific West 7s Championship Saturday in Reno, Nev. The Wolfpack lost to the Aggies, 19-5, before reeling off back-to-back wins against Stanford and UC Santa Cruz to force a three-way tie in Pool B.
Going into the final game of pool play, The Cardinal and the Aggies were tied atop the pool, both with 2-1 records. The Wolfpack could get to 2-1 with a win over the Banana Slugs, which they did, 46-7. The Pacific West decided to use bonus points, ala 15s, and Nevada scoring more than four tries against UCSC propeled the Wolfpack into the championship game against Pool A champ Sacramento State.
In the first half of the final, the Hornets and Wolfpack traded tries en route to a halftime tie, 10-10. The second half began with Sacramento State scoring a quick try and converting.
Then Josh Hershey took over for Nevada, scoring an amazing try by breaking two tackles and dotting down under the post. With the conversion, the score was tied again with three minutes to play. Sacramento State scored one more time to make the score 22-17. And with no time left, Hershey stepped up once again to score a try under the posts, teeing up what should have been an easy game-winning conversion for Garren Albright. However, Albright's kick clanged off the right post and then the cross bar, but managed fall over the cross bar for the 24-22 win.
As Pacific West champs, Nevada claims an automatic berth into USA Rugby's College 7s National Championship in the spring.
|Pool A||Sac State||19-12||Sonoma State|
|Pool A||Chico State||24-26||SJSU|
|Pool B||UC Davis||19-5||UNR|
|Pool A||SJSU||17-26||Sac State|
|Pool A||Sonoma State||34-19||Chico State|
|Pool B||UCSC||0-34||UC Davis|
|Pool A||Sac State||7-14||Chico State|
|Pool B||Stanford||17-7||UC Davis|
|Pool A||SJSU||42-7||Sonoma State|
|5th/7th||UC Davis||42-7||Sonoma State|