Waikato and Manawatu claim National Sevens titles
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The women’s Final featured perennial favourites Manawatu up against the form team of the tournament, Waikato.
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It was a see-saw battle with the teams exchanging three tries apiece, all that separated them at the full-time whistle was one conversion, Manawatu holding out for a 17-15 win.
It was Manawatu’s second title in three years. Waikato’s Tenika Willison was awarded the Anna Richards Cup for Player of the Tournament.
Manawatu are your 2018 @NationalSevens CHAMPIONS with a 17 - 15 win over Waikato!#National7s pic.twitter.com/AdbYLzMBBI— Black Ferns (@BlackFerns) January 14, 2018
The men’s Final featured two regional champions, Waikato and Tasman. Tasman captain James Lash opened the scoring before Waikato hit back with two tries for the 14-5 half time lead.
Two second half tries saw Tasman launch a comeback, but Waikato were able to hold on for a 21-17 win.
It wasn’t the only silverware for their team, with Jordan Bunce receiving the Joe Tauiwi Memorial Trophy for Player of the Tournament.
See full results from Day Two HERE
Waikato are your 2018 @NationalSevens CHAMPIONS with a 21 - 17 win over Tasman!#National7s pic.twitter.com/SwgyqdeCmV— NZ7s (@nz7s) January 14, 2018