Great weekend of Sevens
Despite ferocious winds last Friday night which took their toll on marquees and tents, last weekend’s Byron Bay Rugby Sevens was blessed with glorious sunny weather for the two-day competition.
Several thousand players – men and women – and supporters converged on the Rec Ground to mark the 21st running of the competition.
Teams came from up and down the east coast to take part in what is an increasingly popular event and which attracted some class players.
In the end it came down to a showdown in the main final on Sunday afternoon between Brisbane Fiji Nadi Navosa and the Lennox Head Trojans.
After a smooth ride through the elimination games, the Trojans made it to the final through a golden-point 24-19 win over Warwick Bombers in the semi-final.
In the final, they were down 14-7, but not out of it.
However, with a forced reshuffle after an injury, the Brisbane team got on top and took the honours 38-26.
In the women’s final, three-time winners, Brisbane Eastsyde went down to the combined might of a New Zealand and United States team, KUSA, 19-14.
The Pool B women’s final went to Nerang Bulls over Snow Whites 24-0.
In other men’s finals, Island Breeze Brisbane beat Gold Coast Breakers 26-15 in Pool B, West Subiaco were easy 24-0 winners over the Busted Eagles in Pool C, with Townsville Barbarians pipping Sloths 21-17 in Pool D.