Scion In Sin City, Day 2
Sam Pankey scores against Florida RDA
So ends day 2 of the Las Vegas 7s Tournament. The Open Division wrapped up play today, and the Elite Division advanced through the quarterfinals. Both Scion sides, once again, played some great rugby. The Scion Elite side started the day with a win over the Florida Selects. Florida came into the match without a win, and they were hungry for one. They played a physically intense game, but the Scion Elites matched that intensity and physicality. They maintained their composure, ran their system, and chalked up a 33-5 win behind some powerful play from forwards like Alycia Washington, Stacey Bridges and Sam Pankey. In their quarterfinal match, the Scion Elite side faced a group of internationally capped players from Great Britain--players from England, Scotland and Wales. Once again, the Elites proved they could hang with some of the best in the world. However, they left a couple of scores on the field and couldn't manage to overcome a couple of early tries from GB. The Elites fell 15-0 to the GB Selects. In the Open Division, the Scion Select Side won their quarterfinal match against Dark And Stormy, a Bermuda side, 29-5. Scion veteran players, like Leigh Theirfelder and Kylie Noll, are no stranger to Scion successes and would lead the Selects into the semi-finals against a British Columbia All-Star side. A rough first half saw the Scion Selects down by a few tries, however they would rally in the second half to close the gap. Their second hand efforts would come up short in the end, and they fell in the semi-final match by a score. Though the Scion Selects were hoping to come out on top of the Open Division, finishing in the top 4 isn't so bad. The BC team they faced went on to win the Open Division. Though that doesn't lessen the blow, it is a consolation knowing the only game the Selects lost was to the eventual champions. Tomorrow will be the final day of play for Scion. The Elite side faces South Africa at 9:20am, and if they win, they will face the winner of Atavus v. Stars 1. The morning match will be the 4th international match for the Scion Elite side, and they hope to repeat their performance against Japan in pool play.