Eagles capture Globe 7s rugby title
THE Eagles Rugby Football Club took the crown in the recent 2017 Globe 7s League at the Subic Bay Freeport grounds.
RFC finished undefeated after beating Subic Sharks, 45-0, and Makati Chiefs, 24-19, in the Premiership preliminary finals.
Then, they put away the Clark Jets, 43-0, in the Premiership Cup finals to earn the title for the second year in a row.
The Eagles conceded only 70 points throughout entire tournament.
In the Premiership semifinal, the Eagles were shaken by the Makati Chiefs as they fought back from 17-19 down in the final play of the game.
But the Eagles regained their composure and stole the match by scoring a converted try underneath the posts by Francis Tagalia in the dying seconds.
Meanwhile, the Loros took out the Challenger title, while the Ibons shut out Albay Vulcans, 35-0, to win the Championship division.
On the other hand, the Lady Eagles won over the Santos Knight Frank Lady Mavericks and Makati Lady Chiefs in the Women’s Premiership.
“A fantastic finale to a domestic competition. Some close games and some upsets, that’s the nature of the sport. It’s brilliant to see more homegrown players excelling in the sport and competing with our national team players,” said organizer Jovan Masalunga of Philippine Rugby.
Local teams are now preparing for the annual 2017 Cebu 10s on Nov. 11, to be held at Cebu International School.