The Middlesex Savages pulled a double this past weekend, winning the Springfield 7s and Acton 10s on consecutive days.
Middlesex’s 7s team looked strong throughout the Springfield competition, and defeated New Haven 40-0 in the final.
Good perfomances came in from sweeper and Captain Jared Collinson and newcomer Atoa Ripley, who led the team in try-scoring.
"This is our 3rd year running the Savages 7s Summer Program and this is the 1st Cup Championship we have won so it's good to see all the work these guys have been putting in pay off," said Middlesex Coach Josh Smith.
The very next day Middlesex traveled to the New England 10s competition hosted by Old Gold Rugby Club. The Savages got past Amoskeag and Seacoast U23s in pool play before drawing Mystic Rivers 2nd side in the Cup quarterfinals.
The Savages beat them by a score of 42-0. With the Semifinals set (South Shore vs Mystic River and Savages vs Boston Irish Wolfhounds) the Savages would have their toughest test of the day. Down 7-5 at halftime Middlesex came back with a converted try and a penalty from flanker Jon Kokinda to win 15-12. In the other Semifinal Mystic River overcame to South Shore to draw Savages in the final.
In the championship match, the Savages opened up a quick 17-0 lead in the first half. The second half was marred by tempers boiling over; the resulting fight led to both teams taking two red cards. The final nine minutes were played 8-on-8.
Mystic River put in some subs and scored two quick tries. However Middlesex countered with a penalty to seal the win 20-12.
UMass Lowell product Kevin West was awarded the MVP trophy of the tournament. He scored several tries on the day from the wing and put in several big tackles after starting each game in the Springfield 7s tournament the previous day.
Springfield 7s - July 9th
Savages 40 Worcester 0 - Pool Play
Savages 33 Albany 14 - Pool Play
Savages 35 Connecticut Collective 5 - Pool Play
Savages 40 New Haven 0 - Cup Championship
Players of Tourney
Jared Collinson - (Springfield)
Atoa Ripley - (AIC)
The Savages 2nd side went 3-1-1 as well winning the Bowl Competition.
Actons 10s - July 10th
Savages 38 Amoskeag 7 - Pool Play
Savages 43 Seacoast U/23 0 - Pool Play
Savages 42 Mystic River B 0 - Quarterfinals
Savages 15 Boston Irish Wolfhounds 12 - Semi-Finals
Savages 20 Mystic River 12 - Cup Championship
MVP of Tourney - Kevin West (UMass Lowell)