WEST COAST SEVENS RELEASES POOLS FOR SAN LUIS OBISPO – CAL POLY TOURNAMENT

Dustin Rosen /

We’re right around the corner from one of the top Collegiate 7s tournaments in the country, West Coast Sevens….

This year’s first tournament takes place on October 7th in San Luis Obispo, California which is homeland for Cal Poly University.

Returning Champs, Cal Rugby will be there, looking to defend their crown against some of the top Collegiate 7s programs in the Country.

FORMAT

There are 12 teams competing for it all, split up in 4 pools of 3.  The top team in each pool will move on to the Cup bracket, while the next four and so on will compete for the Plate and Bowl.  Furthermore, there will be a side bracket being played by 5 other teams in a round robin format.

Also, keep in mind, this tournament plays a huge role in the deciding factor of which teams get to compete alongside the International tournament, Silicon Valley Sevens  which is being played on November 4th-5th.

POOLS

Pool A

CAL
Cal Poly

Fresno State

Pool B

Santa Clara
Grand Canyon Un.

UCSB

Pool C

SDSU
UCLA

Stanford

Pool D

UC Davis
Bears (Cal 2nd side)

USC

Round Robin

Claremont
Mustangs
Gauchos
Bruins

Broncos

MATCHES TO WATCH

  • Anything with Cal.  Cal has been unstoppable in 7s the last few seasons, but they go into this season having lost several senior starters. It will be interesting to see how the up and comers play.  In addition, Cal enters a second side in this one, so that too, will be fun to watch.  Can their 2nd side take down some of the first sides out there?
  • Anything with UCLA.  UCLA fell short last year but with many returning players, expect UCLA to be one of the most dominant teams in the tournament.  This could be their year.
  •  Santa Clara v GCU.  This match will most likely decide the winner of Pool B.  Both teams are up and coming programs with plenty of talent across the board.  This match should be close.
  • Anything in Pool D.  UC Davis and USC are both on the rise and looking to staple their name in the top tier discussion.  UC Davis actually ended Cal’s 41 game winning streak in 7s last year and USC has already flashed a little talent, as they won the Tri Tip 7s.  All that said, Cal looks to show everyone how deep their roster really is, as they compete with their 2nd side.

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