Rugby News & Views From an American Perspective
The CRC 7’s bracket being played as part of the Las Vegas Invitational has whittled down the field to sixteen teams. Tomorrow, one of those sixteen will punch their ticket to Philadelphia and the Collegiate Rugby Championship set to be played June 5-6th.
The exciting part?
Of the sixteen remaining teams, only a few come from “big name” schools. There is a better than good chance that a mid-major, if you will, is going to storm their way into the CRC.
How about Central Washington or Bowling Green? Bowling Green played in the 2010 CRC in Columbus and won the consolation bracket.
The championship bracket is divided into two, eight-team, brackets. The winner of the tournament will need to clean the table tomorrow, winning four games. Four games to reach the big dance in Philly.
So, how do the brackets look?
Bracket A Quarterfinals
Bracket B Quarterfinals
Miami of Ohio and Kutztown appear to be on a collision course in Bracket A, but don’t rule out Air Force or Delaware. Bracket A looks to be the tougher of the two brackets and the battle to reach the final may take a toll on the team that comes out of the bracket.
In Bracket B, Bowling Green and Central Washington both played very well on Day 1 of the tournament. Both are well versed in sevens and have playmakers. Santa Barbara CC could be the dark horse in the bracket along with University of Texas. They’ll have their work cut out for them if they’re going to reach the finals.
The CRC 7’s Division of the Las Vegas Invitational finishes up play today. Stay tuned to Rugby America for results.