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Harvard, Howlers out front in Tobago 'Sevens'

By Kern De Freitas

Harvard continued their tremendous 2012 season in search of their eighth title with an almost perfect first day at the second annual Carib Tobago International Rugby Sevens Tournament yesterday at Bon Accord Recreation Ground.

The new T&T Rugby Football Union (TTRFU) Championship Division winners and national sevens champs played four of their round robin group matches, taking victories over Stag Trinidad Northern (19-0), Barbados Men (26-0), Border Reivers of Scotland (22-5) and Venezuela's CRUM A (31-0), and conceding only five points in the process.

But Border Reivers, Northern and Barbados had mixed results. Northern beat the Scots 14-7, but went down 10-17 to Barbados to emerge with a 1-2 record after three clashes. Barbados are 2-2 after two wins and two defeats, and Border Reivers have a similar record. Southern Exiles have two wins from three matches, and CRUM A and Police are yet to win.

The Men's Group B is ruled by Canada's Dog River Howlers, who have beaten Rainbow, Royalians, Tobago and Caribs, with only Tobago scoring off them. Rainbow are also doing well with three wins from four matches, while Tobago have won two of three.

Caribs have a 2-2 record, while both Royalians and Guyana have one win from three encounters, and CRUM B have scored a solitary try in three defeats.

Howlers and Rugby Ecosse, another Scottish team, so far rule the women's competition. In Group A, Howlers whipped Atlanta Harlequins of the US 24-5. Harlequins are second with three wins from four, while locals Royalians and Incredibles have one win each, and Caribs are winless.

In Group B, Rugby Ecosse have not been score on in their three matches, while Beavers and Police are each 2-1. Barbados (fourth, one win) and winless Tobago are the other teams in the group. The tournament resumes on the final day today from 8.40 a.m.

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