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2022 Men's Competitive Champions

Wisconsin RFU Selects snag 2022 Men’s Competitive title

The Wisconsin Men’s Select side made their debut at the Lakefront 7s this year. They were determined to make a statement and set a goal of reaching the 2022 Men’s Competitive Championship match.

But they faced a number of stiff challenges in pool play to get there. First up was a determined Milwaukee RFC. Only a missed conversion separated the 2 teams at the final whistle: 14-12 for the selects.

In the second pool match, the margins were almost as narrow. With a 12-5 scoreline, only a converted try separated the Selects from the Reapers (Minneapolis, MN).

In the third pool match, the Kings (Eureka, MO) showed some excellent defense to shut out the selects 14-0 with a pair of tries dealing a fist loss to the Wisconsin side.

Regrouping in the knock-out stage

In the semi-final, WRFU Selects rediscovered their earlier form to defeat the Celtics (Green Bay, WI). In a lop-sided affair, the 26-7 victory secured a spot in the Championship against the Kings for a chance to avenge the pool-stage loss.

The final did not disappoint with the WRFU Selects truly finding their stride and out-pacing the Kings to a 17-7 victory and some well-deserved hardware.

Grateful to play

Selects center Matt Drzewiecki, who recently re-signed with Premier Rugby Sevens, was pleased with the team earning the 2022 Men’s Competitive Championship. “I”m grateful to play with the homies and bring it home.”

Match Results - Pool Stage

Time Team  1 Team 2 Location
12:40 PM – 2 vs 1 Barbarians 1 26 0 U23 WI Selects Field 1
12:40 PM – 3 vs 4 Riverboat Gamblers 5 35 Celtics Field 2
1:00 PM – 2 vs 1 MRFC 1 12 14 WRFU Selects Field 1
1:00 PM – 3 vs 4 Reapers 5 17 Kings Field 2
2:20 PM – 1 vs 3 Celtics 17 14 Barbarians 1 Field 1
2:20 PM – 4 vs 2 U23 WI Selects 24 7 Riverboat Gamblers Field 2
2:40 PM – 1 vs 3 Kings 7 5 MRFC 1 Field 1
2:40 PM – 4 vs 2 WRFU Selects 12 5 Reapers Field 2
4:00 PM – 4 vs 1 Barbarians 1 10 14 Riverboat Gamblers Field 1
4:00 PM – 2 vs 3 Celtics 17 19 U23 WI Selects Field 2
4:20 PM – 4 vs 1 MRFC 1 10 10 Reapers Field 1
4:20 PM – 2 vs 3 Kings 14 0 WRFU Selects Field 2

Standings - Pool Stage

Pool 1 PTS W-L-T GP GR PF PA Diff
U23 WI Selects 6 * 2-1-0 3 0 43 50 -7
Celtics 6 * 2-1-0 3 0 69 38 31
Riverboat Gamblers 3 * 1-2-0 3 0 26 69 -43
Barbarians 1 3 * 1-2-0 3 0 50 31 19

 

Pool 2 PTS W-L-T GP GR PF PA Diff
Kings 9 3-0-0 3 0 38 10 28
WRFU Selects 6 2-1-0 3 0 26 31 -5
MRFC 1 1 0-2-1 3 0 * 27 31 -4
Reapers 1 0-2-1 3 0 * 20 39 -19

Match Results — Knock-out Stage

Time Team 1 Team 2 Location
5:40 PM – SF2 WRFU Selects 26 7 Celtics Field 2
5:40 PM – SF1 U23 WI Selects 14 21 Kings Field 1
6:40 PM – Final Kings 7 17 WRFU Selects Field 1

Playoff Bracket(s)

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