Seattle’s Old Puget Sound Beach Rugby Club won its sixth national club title in sevens rugby Sunday, relying on a strong defense and long scoring runs to outscore the Denver Barbarians 26-5 in Pittsburgh.
Denver’s Logan Collins scored first and the Colorado club had possession of the ball for most of the first half. But when Seattle got the ball, it was off to the races. Mike Nelson and Kellen Gorden, two Central Washington grads, each scored tries, as did Miles Craigwell and William Rasileka. Emosi Vucago added three kicks at goal.
Sevens rugby has seven-minute halves with seven players, on the same field used in the 15-player game. It will be a demonstration sport in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, meaning it will not count toward the official medal tally.
The Seattle Breakers women’s team went 1-2 in the tournament.
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ori Bevins was 6 for 6 with three runs batted in and also pitched two scoreless innings, striking out all six batters faced.
Kirkland, which is hosting the tournament for girls ages 12 to 14, continues pool play Monday against Asia-Pacific team Iloilo (Iloilo Province, Philippines) at Everest Park.
Other big winners Sunday were Palma Ceia/Tampa Bay/Bayshore (Tampa, Fla.), which beat Iloilo 16-5; Canfield (Ohio), which beat the Windsor, Ontario team 15-0; and West Cumberland (Cumberland County, N.J.), 14-6 winners over Gilroy (Calif.).
From sports-information reports.