Borneo Eagles won the Croc Division at the 27th Annual Heineken Hottest 7s in the World at Rugby Park
Led by Captain Rocky Khan the Eagles won their 4th Title in six years and became the most successful team in the competition’s history when they defeated Tribe 7s 21-14 in a thrilling final.
Defending Champion and top seed Hong Kong were bundled out by Tribe 7s in the quarter finals.
This year’s renewal was a strong one with newcomers to the 7s circuit Dua Ga, a Sydney based Fijian outfit performing strongly along with Brisbane first timers Matai NewStar Sports.
Perennial crowd favourites Daveta were eliminated in the semi-finals by the eventual champions while Tribe 7s qualified with a win over last year’s runner-up, Gumatj Cavaliers.
The tournament also marked the first appearance of a Victorian men’s team with the Footscray Bulldogs lining up.
Adelaide’s Burnside returned after an eleven year absence and the Singapore National team used the tournament to launch a bid to win Gold at the South East Asian Games in June.
The pride of the Territory, the Mosquitoes won the Buff competition while Far North Queensland and the Noosa Dolphins also debuted
The visitors from the Sunshine Coast won the Barra Competition after the Alice Springs based side Central Crewsaderz won the Gecko
Tribe 7s boosted with several National Team players won the women’s tournament over newcomers Country King Browns.
There was plenty of depth in the Tournament with teams from Far North Queensland, Melbourne City Silverbacks, Singapore and Sydney University ling up against the NT’s Goannas, University and South Darwin.
The tournament broke new ground with a four team Youth Boys (Under 18) competition included for the first time.
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