Queensland Girls and NSW Boys claim National Youth Sevens crowns

by RUGBY.com.au staff

Queensland and NSW have claimed the Girls and Boys’ titles respectively after an intense day of finals at the National Youth Sevens Championships on the Sunshine Coast.

After two days of competition, the red and sky blue rivals – NSW 1 and Queensland 1 - battled it out in both the girls’ and boys’ deciders.

In the girls’ final, Queensland scored first but NSW rallied, crossed for the next two tries and led 10-5 at the break.

But in a dong-dong second half, Queensland two more times to NSW’s once, and they edged home for a national title by a final score of 19-15.

Queensland’s Maddison Levi was named player of the tournament, and was awarded her prize by Aussie sevens player Dom DuToit.

Earlier, Western Australia took out the bronze in the Youth Girls with Tamika Jones scoring the match-winning try for WA over NSW 2, after Reuben Cherrington's brace had the score locked at 12-all in the second half.

The boys’ final followed a similar script, with NSW leading 12-7 at halftime after a two try-to-one opening 7 minutes against the Queenslanders.

The NSW boys pushed further ahead when they scored from the kickoff in the second half, and though Queensland did much of the attacking in the remaining three minutes – and scored a try – they couldn’t cross the line as they hammered the NSW line in the dying stages.

Aussie sevens star Ben O’Donnell was on hand to award player of the tournament to Ben Dowling, from NSW.

The ACT snared the bronze medal after beating Queensland 2 24-0 in the third-fouth playoff.

Full replays of all the games on days one and two can be found on the archived Live Stream on RUGBY.com.au, via the tweet below.

Coaching staff will begin to finalise the National Youth Boys and Girls squads ahead of the World Schools 7s in Auckland, kicking off on December 13 in Auckland.

To access the full results from the 2019 Youth Boys Championship, click here


To access the full results from the Youth Girls Championship, click here