SHOALHAVEN Rugby Club's bright start to the 2021 season has continued with victory in the Bowl at the 49th annual Kiama Sevens at the weekend.
Shoals beat the Hunters Hill 33-5 in the final to claim back-to-back Bowl titles at what is traditionally seen as the official start of the rugby season.
Shoals started the day with a good 21-nil win over the University of NSW.
They had to work a bit harder in the second game before beating Newport 19-14 and then accounted for The Lakes 31-nil in their final pool game before the final.
The final was a solid 33-5 victory over Hunters Hill.
The victory comes on the back of Shoals being runners-up at the annual Macarthur 10s tournament, where they went down to a red-hot Western Sydney Two Blues in the cup decider 59-19.
The Two Blues went on to also win this year's Kiama Sevens crown.
Following the recent signings of brothers Will and George Miller, William Ridley, Nico Redolatti and Ian Zunckel, many have Shoals pegged for the best season since the 2008 premiership and the signs were well and truly positive.
A record crowd, estimated to be more than 3000 fans, came through the gates at the Kiama Showground to watch a great day of Sevens action. And all spectators respected the COVID-19 regulations in place.
West Sydney Two Blues claimed the main division, the open men's title, with 15-12 win over North Shoremen in the final.
The open men's plate was won by Manly Marlins, who recorded a 17-12 victory over West Harbour Pirates in the decider.
In the open women's final, the Southern District Reblettes mustered a 20-5 win against Warringah.
Bungendore Mudchooks sealed the Men's Country Cup title with a 26-12 win over Parkes, while Jindabyne Miss Piggies beat Goulburn Dirty Reds by 27-nil in the Women's Country Cup final.
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