BACK-TO-BACK! Eagles RFC defend Open & Women’s Divisions titles of the 2022 Globe 7s Series - Luzon Leg 2
Cavite, Philippines – The Eagles RFC Women’s and Men’s teams (Eagles) successfully defended their title, winning back to back championships in both the Open and Women’s division in last weekend’s 2022 Globe 7s Series - Luzon Leg 2 at the Ayala Vermosa Sports Hub.
In the Women’s division, it was a finals rematch between the 1st and 2nd ranked teams, the Eagles RFC and SKF Makati Mavericks Ricky (Mavericks). Two tries each from Philippine Volcanoes, Agot Danton and Dixie Yu, set up by Flyhalf Aiumi Ono, gave the Eagles the early lead in the match. However, a late comeback from the Mavericks from tries from Philippine Volcano Annie Rivas and former Ateneo de Manila University track & field athlete, Shiela Patino, had everyone on the edge of their seats. Time wasn’t on the side of the Mavericks though, as the referee finally blew the full time whistle. The Eagles edged the Mavericks with a score of 26 - 10, and Ono was awarded the MVP for her superb playmaking skills and leadership on the field. In the battle for 3rd match, the Manila Rogues scored a repeat over the Ibons with a score of 12 - 0 to secure the 3rd spot for leg 2.
In the Open division, the Eagles RFC dominated the round robin games with a total of 156 points scored and only 12 points scored against them. SKF Makati Mavericks were the only team who scored against the tough Eagles side in the round robin games. However, a loss against a motivated Manila Nomads relegated the Mavericks to the battle for 3rd match. The Manila Nomads, boosted by the presence of Philippine Volcanoes Kai Stroem and guest player Jovan Masalunga, gave a great challenge to the Eagles in the finals match, but a late try from returning player, Andrew Wolff, dashed the hopes of the Nomads. It was an intense finals match highlighted by Nomads rookie and track & field athlete, Carl Nico Magtanong, showing his pace out wide for a brilliant try on his first Open division tournament finals match. However, it was veteran player Wolff, who was awarded the MVP for his steady presence and experience at the crucial moments of the match.
The PRFU is again inviting teams to register entries for the 3rd leg of the 2022 Globe 7s Series. We will have a two-weekend break before we return for the NDD on the 8th of October, where we will see which team will prevail as overall champions for this year’s 7s Series. The 2022 Globe 7s Series - Mindanao is scheduled to kick off on the 15th of October at Koronadal City as well.
Last weekend’s matches can be viewed on the Upstream Sports TV’s Facebook page. Points table after leg 2 below:
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