Yesterday the Chicago Lions defeated Youngbloodz 31-10 to take first place at Firehouse 7s, the first of four events in the 2012 Midwest Rugby Sevens Qualifier series.
Columbus took 3rd place with a 19-14 win over the Milwaukee Barbarians , the combined side of the Milwaukee Harlequins and Milwaukee RFC.
In another close contest, Cleveland defeated Western Michigan Universtity 14-12 to clinch the 5th spot while the Chicago Griffins defeated cross-town rivals Blaze 24-21.
The following Midwest Qualifier points* were awarded:
- Lions, 16
- Youngbloodz, 12
- Columbus, 10
- Milwaukee Barbarians, 9
- Cleveland, 8
- Western Michigan University, 7
- Chicago Griffins, 6
- Chicago Blaze, 5
* Qualifier points are awarded as follows: 1st place, 12 points; 2nd place, 8 points; 3rd place, 6 points; 4th place, 5 points; 5th place, 4 points; 6th place, 3 points; 7th place, 2 points; 8th place, 1 point. Additional points are also awarded for attendance. For each event, 4 points are awarded automatically when a team checks in/appears on-site. Teams that appear at all of the qualifier events will receive an additional 4 points.