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Monday 7 November 2011 | Published in Regional


Auckland rugby sevens club College Rifles won their second Sevens in Heaven title in a row at the weekend when the team of no name players exceeded expectations to dominate the tournament and cup finals on Saturday at the BCI Stadium.

The two time champions exhibited a solid display of rugby sevens throughout the three day tournament to square off against former champions Tauae Bulls in the grand finals.

The Rifles team combinations and strength off the bench led by hard working forwards Jeremy Innes and Junior Sefo laid the foundation for this win with Innes also scooping the player of the tournament award.

The Tauae Bulls, with notable New Zealand rugby stars Rene Ranger and Tim Nanai-Williams and young up and coming local players tried hard but they were unable to find the spark that led to the cup finals against a resilient College Rifles outfit.

College Rifles led at the halftime break by 12-0 and in the second spell they lifted their game to another level to keep the Tauae Bulls at 26-0 until the Bulls young local star Kairan Mahia rallied for a try after the hooter to thrill their supporters.

But the lone and last minute comeback was too late as the College Rifles ripped into dance and cheers of celebration on the field.

During the presentations Tauae Bulls captain Rene Ranger thanked the College Rifles for a great game saying that their team had certainly played better on the day and deserved the win.

College Rifles promise to return next year to make it a hat trick at the 2012 Sevens in Heaven tournament.

In other finals of the tournament regular visitors Te Ara Wheke defeated the Porirua Magic to win the Sevens in Heaven shield.

The team will be thrilled with their efforts and winning the shield will motivate the team to rally their troops and return to win a higher award at next years tournament.

Celebrations ran right through the weekend at the Ngatangiia-Matavera Dragons den when the team edged out Araura Enua 14-5 to take out the bowl.

Araura had a band of vocal supporters behind them but they couldnt put away a fired up Dragons side.

In an exciting plate final the General Transport Tabusoro were just too strong and fast for team Vonnias Vikings who were probably the most improved team of the tournament and one of the most popular among local supporters.

General Tabusoro put the Vikings away 22-12 to win the plate.

In the exciting womens rugby sevens division the College Rifles women were also looking for a back to back win as the 2010 defending champions when they faced the Titikaveka Titans for the cup final.

But it wasnt to be as the Titans who fielded 6 Black Ferns in their lineup including Cook Islanders Kelani Poomai Matapo and Aroha Savage were just too strong.

It was always an uphill battle for the Rifles team who had been outstanding all tournament.

The Titans ran away with the win 17-5 to lift the womens cup.

In other womens division finals the Avatiu Motor Centre Eels triumphed over the T&M Crushers girls 24-5 to win the bowl while the pink and blue Rebels ladies outsmarted the Hastings Rugby & Sports side to win the plate 19-5.

This years sevens has seen the highest caliber of players take to the BCI Stadium providing top quality matches for an appreciate crowd.