Lindenwood takes third at Global Red Bull Uni 7s Final

D1A Rugby: Lindenwood takes third at Global Red Bull Uni 7s Final
Photo Credit: Lindenwood Athletics
Lindenwood finished third at the Global Red Bull Uni 7’s Finals in Bath, England September 17, amassing a 4-2 record against some of the top collegiate teams in the world.

The Lions began six matches of round-robin play with a contest against the Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour from France.  After taking an early lead, Lindenwood used strong defense to take the game 26-14.

 
Because of a short window of time, the Lions headed straight into their next match against the event host from Bath University in England.  Lindenwood quickly turned some heads with a solid performance as both teams went back-and-forth on the pitch with Team Bath opening up a 15-7 advantage by halftime.  The Lions played even with the defending champions in the second half, but couldn’t make up the deficit and ended up falling 27-19.
 
Another team from England awaited Lindenwood in the third round of the day. The match did not start well for the Lions as they had to play a man down against the Exeter University Athletic Club for two minutes.  Most of the first half was a continuous goal line stand with Lindenwood players making try saving tackle after try saving tackle.  EUAC did break through for one score to lead 5-0 at halftime.  The second half was a much different story.  The Lions dominated Exeter with three straight tries while shutting down the offense.  When the final whistle blew, Lindenwood had a 21-5 victory.
 
Facing another back-to-back match scenario, the Lions stayed on the pitch to play CUS Milano from Italy.  The exhaustion showed as Lindenwood was sloppy on offense, but the defense demonstrated textbook execution, which was enough for the Lions to pull off a 19-14 win.
 
With a 3-1 record and two games to go in round-robin play, Lindenwood was in position to advance to the championship match, but Cardiff Metropolitan University from Wales had entirely other ideas.  Taking advantage of a worn out Lions squad, Team Wales stunned Lindenwood with four tries in the first two minutes, and a precision kicking game kept the Lions bottled up most of the match.  Cardiff Metropolitan ran away with a 43-14 victory.
 
In the last round of the day, Lindenwood faced the Universidade Paulistaa, big a physical team from Brazil.  Knowing that they couldn’t have another slow start, the Lions quickly exposed the UP defense with a skilled attack.  Lindenwood ended the tournament with a solid 40-7 win.
 
The 4-2 overall record at the event gave the Lions a third place finish, just missing the championship match between the top two teams. 
 
Lindenwood was one of eight university teams to qualify for the Global Red Bull Uni 7’s Finals.  Over 200 squads from 10 different countries attempted to advance through national tournaments.  The Lions earned their spot with a come-from-behind 26-10 victory over Arizona State at Infinity Park in the Denver, Colorado suburb of Glendale in late August.  Lindenwood outlasted Utah with a 17-12 overtime win in the semifinals after posting a 3-0 record in pool play at the event.
 
The Lions will switch gears for the USA Touch National Championships October 13-16.  All competition will take place at the ESPN Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.