LONDON, England – The second annual Premiership Rugby World Club 7s ended Aug. 17 with Seattle – in its first go at Twickenham Stadium – taking home the Shield and New York City 7s finishing in seventh place.
New York City 7s won the Plate last year, but the team’s Cup run was stopped in the Quarterfinal as eventual runner-up Auckland won, 36-5. Plate finalists Vodacom Blue Bulls were next to rain on New York’s parade with a 31-14 victory in the Plate Semifinal.
Russian club RC Enisei had given New York City 7s a wake-up call in the tournament’s opening match, defeating the American side, 26-17. In the match for seventh place, New York City 7s made up for the early loss with a comprehensive, 34-7 victory.
Seattle, traveling with capped Men’s Eagles Sevens players Danny Barrett, Miles Craigwell, Mike Palefau, Shalom Suniula, and Kevin Swiryn, were in – arguably – the toughest pool of the competition with Kuban Krasnodar, Auckland, and NSW Waratahs.
Coming off of a thrilling, hard-fought championship match against Old Blue of New York at the 2014 USA Rugby Emirates Airline Club 7s National Championship in Seattle the weekend prior, Seattle showed no signs of fatigue with a 33-14 victory against the Australian outfit.
Losses to eventual Cup champion Auckland and third-place Kuban Krasnodar sent Seattle into the Shield knockout round. The top eight seeds in the 12-team competition entered the Cup competition, while the bottom four fought for the Shield.
Seattle defeated a pair of Premiership Rugby clubs – Gloucester Rugby (22-12) and Harlequins (28-14) – on the way to winning the Shield.
“Whenever you can bring something back shiny with you it’s better than nothing, so we’re happy to be the Shield winners and we’ll come back here next year with another hunger and bring something else home,” Barrett told Premiership Rugby.
“We always knew we could play better and we didn’t play up to our own standard [Saturday]. We had a reality check last night and said, ‘We’ve got two games, that’s it.’ So the goal was to pick up our attitude, pick up our chat, and get what we can done.”
Seattle qualified for the 2014 World Club 7s by winning the inaugural Elite City Sevens tournament in Houston, Texas, this June. More information on participating teams and qualification processes for next year’s World Club 7s will be announced in due course.
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1. John Cullen
2. Mike Nelson
3. Miles Craigwell
4. Danny Barrett
5. Kellen Gordon
6. Peter Tiberio
7. Mike Palefau
8. Shalom Suniula
9. Kevin Swiryn
10. Rocco Mauer
11. Tim Stanfill
12. Mike Te'o
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