Story and photographs by Glenn Ivens – ISN
September 4, 2013 Victoria, BC (ISN) – Canada Blue Men’s Development team ran roughshod over their opponents on Saturday at the 3rd Annual Victoria International Sevens Rugby Tournament and took home the Cup title with a commanding 38-0 victory over the Serevi Selects.
The day started under less then ideal conditions as the dark, gray sky opened up to a light but steady drizzle just prior to the opening game. The opening round saw Canada Blue, Langara Lodge, Serevi Selects and Canada Black get out to 1-0 records.
It was a slippery start to the day for the 3rd Annual Victoria International 7’s Rugby Tournament but the clouds would clear and fans were treated to an exciting final under the sun. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Determination could be seen on many of the players faces as they challenged for the Cup title in the Victoria International 7’s Rugby Tournament on Saturday. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Round two saw the University Selects break into the win column to sit a 1-1 along with Langara Lodge. Canada Blue, Canada Black and Serevi Selects moved to 2-0 while Barbados, South Seas Connection and the Crimson Tide fell to 0-2.
Canada Blue and Serevi Selects remained unbeaten at 3-0 after round robin play to take top spot in their pools, 2nd seed went to University Selects and Canada Black both at 2-1 with 3rd seed going to Langara Lodge and South Seas Connection at 1-2, 4th seeds were Barbados and Crimson Tide both sitting at 0-3.
The players from Canada Black appear to like this South Seas Connection jersey as they try to rip it from his back during round robin action at the Victoria International 7’s Rugby Tournament. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
It was high flying action as Doug Fraser dives across the line to score a try for the University Selects at the 3rd Victoria International 7’s Rugby Tournament. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
In Bowl Semi Final action Langara Lodge and the Crimson Tide battled it out with Langara taking the win 47-35 while Barbados found the win column downing South Seas Connection 22-7.
Cup Semi Final play pitted Canada Blue against Canada Black with Canada Blue squeaking out a 22-19 win, and the Serevi Selects had their hands full but manage to prevail 26-17 over a talented University Selects side.
With the sun now shining and the beer garden in full bloom, the Finals were now set.
Sean White attempts to break free from the tackle of Serevi Selects defender during Cup Final at the Victoria International 7’s Rugby Tournament on Saturday. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Rugby legend Waisalie Serevi laced up the boots for the Serevi Selects on Saturday. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
The Crimson Tide looked to have found their stride as they defeated South Seas Connection 33-22 in a some what chippy affair to take the Shield. The Bowl went to Langara Lodge who triumphed over Barbados 19-10. The Plate saw the University Selects strut their stuff as they man handled Canada Black 34-7.
With the 7’s rugby legend Waisale Serevi in their line up it was no surprise to see the Serevi Selects in the Cup Final against a young and very talented Canada Blue side.
Even at age 45 Wailsale Serevi looks prepared to single handedly take on the Canada Blues on Saturday. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
With the likes of Pat Kay, just coming off a career game in the CRC on Monday, Sean White, Jordan Wilson-Ross and Sean Ferguson just to name a few, Canada Blue went into the game as the favorites and they didn’t disappoint as they dismantled the Serevi defense time and time again romping to a 38-0 victory.
Jordan Wilson-Ross showcases his talents for the National Team selectors at the Victoria International 7’s Rugby Tournament on Saturday. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Canada’s Sean White attempts to keep the ball in play during Cup Final against the Serevi Selects. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Once again Doug Tate and his crew of volunteers put on a fabulous day of sevens rugby and deserve a hearty pat on the back for all they did.
Canadian Blue Men’s Development proudly display their Cup and prize money after winning the Victoria International 7’s Rugby Tournament on Saturday. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)
Sadly this may be the final time we see the Men play in the tournament as a lack of interest from the International Men’s teams may see the Tournament Committee focus on the Youth movement and develop the U-18 and U-16 divisions that were showcased in July at UVic’s Centennial Stadium.