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Day one of the men’s Club Rugby 7s was a long, wet and tough day of rugby. Playing on a small field on the campus of Columbia in the heart of NYC, 16 teams battled it out to reach the final eight after an extensive lighting delay after two rounds of action.
Mystic River clinched its spot in the final eight with a 2-0 start and finished the day with a win over an over an uninspired Denver team 15-0. The Barbarians had already clinched a spot in the cup quarters however, and will limp into the cup rounds with a 1-1-1 record.
The first game of the day provided the first shock in this pool. Atlanta Old White drew with the Barbarians 19-19 and it took a last second score from the Barbos to save the game. Atlanta, however, lost to both Mystic River and Belmont Shore Gold and fell short of the cup.
Jeron Panter and Daniel Wilbon both have three tries a piece for Mystic River.
Advanced: Mystic River, Denver Barbarians
The Bulldogs continue to show that youth is the great equalizer. The team full of College All-Americans and Tim Stanfill are looking like one of the teams to beat. Coming into the final game of pool play, both the Bulldogs and Belmont Shore both were 2-0.
The California side went up 7-0 early in the game after a series of missed tackles from Bulldogs. The bulldogs slowly worked their way back into the game and off a turnover JP Romero scored and converted his own try to even the game.
Two second half scores from the Bulldogs after a Belmont yellow card sealed the win and first place in the group. The bulldogs have had a balanced attack, getting tries from college superstars Harley Wheeler, Cristian Rodriguez, Marcus Tupuola and several others.
Advanced: Bulldogs, Belmont Shore
Washington Athletic Club and Metropolis came into the final game of the day at 2-0 each. It came down to the wire in this game. With no time left, and the game tied 7-7, WAC found space out wide to finish the game 14-7 and take the top seed. Shane Moore scored a brace in the win.
The Pacific Northwest side came with a light squad of nine players but it is a deep and talented team. Peter Tiberio, Will Holder, along with several Central Washington players helped seal the top spot.
Advanced: Washington Athletic Club, Metropolis
Hosts Old Blue squared off with Dallas in the final game of the day to determine first place in pool D. In a feisty grind it out affair, Old Blue came back from a 7-0 halftime deficit to win 14-7.
Connor Wallace Sims, Alex Schwarz and Gavan D’Amore Morrison all have multiple tries for Old Blue.
Advanced: Old Blue, Dallas
The matchups for tomorrows cup round:
Mystic River vs Metropolis
Bulldog vs Dallas
WAC vs Denver
Old Blue vs Belmont