Men's Rugby: Norwich claims Ariel Re Bermuda 7s tournament title

Bermuda 7s champs

BERMUDA - The Norwich University men's rugby team won the Ariel Re Bermuda 7s tournament title on Saturday, going a perfect 6-0 in its third trip to the tournament in the last four years.

Junior Nathan Rolling (Taylorsville, Utah) scored six tries to lead the Norwich offense and earned tournament MVP honors. Junior Connor Miller (Sydney, Australia) had an impressive 7s debut, scoring four tries on the weekend. 

Norwich went a perfect 3-0 on Friday in pool play, to earn the No. 3 seed for Saturday's single-elimination knockout bracket. The Cadets started Friday with a dominant 29-0 win over Colgate and then followed up with a dramatic, come-from-behind 19-14 victory over Rowan. NU closed the pool play round with a 15-10 victory over Chesapeake I. 

The Cadets continued their impressive run on Saturday, defeating Chesapeake I 24-14 in the quarterfinal round. NU then upset No. 2 seed Ohio State 26-15 before taking down the No. 1 seed Bermuda Men's All-Stars 10-5 in the championship match. 

Norwich (7-2-2) won the title in dramatic fashion after Bermuda was whistled for a penalty after a high tackle. The final horn signifying the last play of the game was sounded. Norwich decided to kick to touch for the lineout. The Cadets won the lineout and decided not to pass it out but to maul 15 meters as hooker Adam Schmitz (Chesterfield, Mo.) placed it down for the game-winning try to send the players and coaches pouring out onto the pitch. 

The Gold team (2nd side) also competed, going 0-5 with one try scored by Mac Nagel (Lakewood, Ohio). The NU second side fell to Ohio St 36-5, Stony Brook 33-0 and Bermuda II 41-0. The Gold side also lost to Colgate II 31-0 and Rowan 54-0 on Saturday in the consolation bracket. 

 Norwich 29-Colgate 0

1st half Nate Rolling scored 2 tries, one converted by Connor Miller.

Halftime: NU 12- Colgate 0

Eli Henderson scores an unconverted try

NU 17-0

Conner Miller scores an unconverted try

NU 22-0

Austin Manhey scores a converted try

NU 29-0

Final NU 29-0

Norwich 19-Rowan 14

Rowan scores two converted tries

Rowan 14-0

Last play of half Conner Miller has a break away, gets tackled nearing the try line, off loads to Austin Manhey who places it down for the try. Miller converts.

Halftime: Rowan 14- NU 7

Nate Rolling scores and Miller converts to tie the game

NU 14-Rowan 14

Korbin Wayton scores the go-ahead try.

NU 19-Rowan 14

Final

NU 19- Rowan 14

Norwich 15- Chesapeake 1 Selects  10

Chesapeake score two unconverted tries

Chesapeake 10-0

Halftime: Chesapeake 10- Norwich 0

Will Rambin scores unconverted try

Chesapeake 10- NU 5

Mac Nagel scores

NU 10- Chesapeake 10

Last play of game Conner Miller pins his man to put Korbin Wayton through the whole, he bursts through and scores the try on the last play.

Nu 15- Chesapeake 10

Final

NU 15- Chesapeake 10

 

Norwich 24- Chesapeake 1 Selects 14

Norwich jumps out to a 10-point lead with tries by Nate Rolling and Will Rambin

NU 10- Chesapeake 0

Halftime: NU 10 Chesapeake 0

Austin Manhey scores and Miller converts to boost the lead to 17-0

NU 17-0

Chesapeake scores a converted try

NU 17- Chesapeake 7

Mac Nagel scores the fourth Cadet try, Miller conerts

NU 24-7

Last play Chesapeake scores a converted try

Final

NU 24-Chesapeake 14

Norwich 26- Ohio St 15

Norwich scores three tries in the first half

Miller scores and converts

Rolling scores and Miller converts

Miller scores

Halftime: Norwich 17-Ohio St 0

Ohio St scores and unconverted try

NU 17- Ohio St 5

Nate Rolling scores down the middle and Mac Nagel converts

NU 26-Ohio St 5

Ohio St score two late unconverted tries

Final

Norwich 26- Ohio St 15

Norwich 10- Bermuda All Stars

Mac Nagel scores an unconverted try, Norwich plays a tenacious defense

Halftime: Norwich 5- Bermuda 0

Bermuda scores an unconverted try with two minutes left in the final

NU 5-Bermuda 5

Adam Schmitz scores game-winning try to win 10-5 on last play of game.

At the Ceremony

Norwich University Captain Nate Rolling and four-year 7s player Austin Manhey accept the Cup Final Trophy.

Norwich placed 10th in the its last two appearances in the Bermuda 7s tournament. 

In addition to leading his team to victory, Rolling graciously accepted the Mark Dombroski tournament MVP presented by the American Consul General Dieman.

Ariel Re Bermuda 7's Cup Champions

2016 Dartmouth College
2017 Kutztown University
2018 Kutztown University
2019 Norwich University