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Northern California’s second 7s qualifier, the Sacramento 7s, ended with Life West and the Olympic Club being named co-champions on Saturday. With the USA versus Russia match playing down the road at Bonney Field, the action was completed after the pool play and Life West was awarded first place with a +81 point differential and the Olympic Club came in second with a +79 differential.
Originally an eight team tournament until SFGG was unable to attend, the contenders in the Sacramento 7s were Santa Rosa, Life West, the Olympic Club, East Bay, the Sacramento Lions, the San Jose Seahawks, and the EPA Razorbacks.
Life West and the Olympic Club each went undefeated with four victories, but Life West scored two more points to take first place. San Jose and EPA both had 2-2 records, however, the Seahawks came in third with a +16 differential. The Modesto 7s champion, Santa Rosa, finished in fifth with a 1-3 record.
After two tournaments, Life West leads the conference with 15 qualifier points and a +151 point differential. The Olympic Club and Santa Rosa are right behind with 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Defense, endurance, and durability will be keys for Life West if it wants to make a deep run in the National Playoffs this year. “The boys are working hard getting an understanding of the systems we need,” coach Adriaan Ferris said. “We had a couple of new players come in and really step up. Naima Fualaau, an 18 year old player from the Northern California all-star team, has a big future in 7s and he played well.”
The next stop for NorCal is on July 9th in Mountain View, Calif. for the Silicon Valley 7s.