Day One of the 2017 Coca-Cola Hottest 7s in the World delivered some magnificent Rugby 7s to Land Rover Rugby Park at Marrara.
Darwin Stallions emerged as a serious contender for the Croc Final when the 7th seed defeated the Australian Men’s Sevens Development Squad 17-12 to top a tough Pool B.
The Stallions line-up included for All Black Zac Guildford and a plethora of elite 7s players.
Tournament top seed the Gumatj Cavalier were rocked by late withdrawal of 5 players from Namosi in Fiji and despite securing quality replacements at the 11th hour the Cavs went down to the NT Mosquitoes and Eagle Warriors.
Tribe 7s amassed 116 points and kept a clean sheet to top Pool C ahead of Turagu from PNG who ousted number 6 seed Iconz from the Croc Quarter Finals.
Intercept Spurs 7s are another definite title hope coming through Pool D with a win over Brisbane Fiji in a replay of last year’s Buff Final.
Alice Springs stood up and were counted with Central Crewsaders and Team CSS topping Pools E and E respectively while Palmerston won there three matches Pool H.
Local leaguies On Point Cutters finished on top of Pool G.
The contest for the Jabiru is going to be fierce with Tribe 7s and Aussie Women’s Development Team look the most likely finalists although Sydney University and Singapore will provide stiff opposition.
Singapore are a much stronger unit than the one that played here in 2015.
The Cockatoo Competition for Youth Boys is shaping up as the best yet.
With Round Robin matches still to be played Swampdogs are a big chance to win their third consecutive tournament.
Play resumes at 9.00am this morning with the Croc Final set to get under way at 8.00pm
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