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Although no teams punched their ticket to nationals this weekend, it was a busy week of action across the country. Seven of the eight regions held qualifiers and for the most part the traditional powers took care of business.
In what is hands down the toughest qualifying region in the country, the Bulldogs drew first blood. A team that in years past competed in the Northeast took a new approach this year, with an entirely fresh team. The club features a slew of college All-Americans and capped Eagles and will be formidable against anyone going forward.
This region gets three spots at nationals so points are important. The Denver Barbarians, Peaks Rugby and the KC Blues finished second through fourth, respectively. There will be two more tournaments in this region.
The Mid-Atlantic is heating up at the half way point. After Schuylkill River took home the first tournament over the Beltway Elite, the Elite got revenge in this go around. They knocked off the Exiles in the final so the teams currently tied atop the standings. Norfolk sits in third but with only one spot getting an automatic spot, it is tough sledding.
The Midwest got under way this weekend in the first of four tournaments. Two teams will come out of the Midwest and Metropolis got out of the gate fast with a tournament win. The Chicago Lions finished second and Cincinnati Wolfhounds are right behind them in the third position.
Old Blue has put a stranglehold on the Northeast after picking up its second tournament win in as many weeks. The New York side has all but qualified thanks to the region getting three bids.
The region has been very consistent with Mystic River and NYAC finishing second and third respectively in both tournaments. Expect all three of these teams to head to nationals.
Olympic Club continued its 7s prowess by winning the first of five tournaments out west. Only one team heads to nationals out of here so winning as many tournaments as possible will be key.
In the first of two tournaments, Belmont Shore took home the title. With only one tournament to go, Belmont Shore, Santa Monica and OMBAC will be fighting for two spots. Santa Monica finished second this week, so currently OMBAC is on the outside looking in.
Dallas took home the first of three tournaments in Texas. NOLA is right on there heels and in all likelihood these two teams will battle it out for the one spot to nationals.