Rugby Sevens: United States Wins Men’s and Women’s NACRA Sevens

The United States showed why it is one of the strongest nations in the North America Caribbean Rugby Association by winning both the men’s and women’s continental championships. The event was held in Cary, United States from June 13th to June 14th 2015. The winner from each tournament qualified to the Olympics.

Since Canada already qualified to the women’s tournament from their performance at the Women’s Rugby Sevens Series the United States became the huge favourite to win as they were the only core team remaining from this continent. Unsurprisingly the United States won all six of its matches with a point difference of 369-5 including a 88-0 win over Mexico in the final.

The men’s tournament was more interesting in the sense that two core teams were competing for one spot. The final, as expected was between Canada and the United States as both teams went undefeated during the group stage and semifinals with a point difference of 204-7 and 204-5 respectively. In the final it was Canada’s defense that let them down as the United States was able to use turnovers made by Canada to jump into a 21-0 lead at the end of the first half. While Canada’s performance was a lot better in the second half it was a bit too late for them to turn the match around as the United States won the match with a score of 21-5.

All is not over for the other nations as the second and third place nations here qualified to the final Olympic qualification tournament. This means the men’s Canada and Mexico teams along with the women’s Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago teams will get one more opportunity to win an Olympic berth.

Men’s Tournament Rankings

  1. United States
  2. Canada
  3. Mexico
  4. Cayman Islands
  5. Guyana
  6. Jamaica
  7. Barbados
  8. Bahamas
  9. Trinidad and Tobago

Women’s Tournament Rankings

  1. United States
  2. Mexico
  3. Trinidad and Tobago
  4. Jamaica
  5. Cayman Islands
  6. Guyana
  7. Bahamas
  8. Barbados

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