San Diego, Seattle earn top seeds after first day of Elite City Sevens

HOUSTON, Texas – The inaugural Elite City Sevens kicked off Friday with 144 of the country’s best, untapped rugby sevens players on display at Houston Sports Park.

Seattle made its intentions known with a dominant display against Salt Lake City in the day’s opening match. Featuring capped Men’s Eagles Sevens Andrew Durutalo, Rocco Mauer, Mike Palefau, Kevin Swiryn, and Peter Tiberio, Seattle shut out Salt Lake City, 33-0.

Philadelphia offered stiffer competition in Seattle’s second match of the day, but ultimately fell to the second seeded team, 26-12.

Not to be outdone, San Diego defeated Washington, D.C., 24-5, with the help of Eagles Pat Blair, Will Holder, Nu’u Punimata, and others. San Diego padded its point differential in its second match against a strong San Francisco team to the tune of a 26-0 shutout to capture the first seed for Saturday.

Despite the loss to Seattle, Philadelphia secured the fourth seed with a 19-10 win against Boston, finishing behind third-seeded Denver.

The top four seeds will play another round Saturday to earn a spot in the Semifinals. See the fixtures and results here and watch Elite City Sevens live from Houston Sports Park from 10:00 A.M. CT on USA Rugby TV.