By Adam Bushell

The sevens team travelled to UC Berkeley this past weekend for the annual PAC-12 Sevens competition. Making a statement at this year’s tournament was the end goal for the sevens boys, who had put a full season of hard training in with coaches Adam Siddall and Bryan Randles. After viewing the initial draft, USC was hopeful for a relatively well-matched round of pool play. However, due to two teams dropping out of the competition, USC was moved to a tougher pool and was set to face Arizona State, University of Oregon, University of Arizona, and UCLA. Saturday started off promising as USC put on a strong performance against ASU, despite conceding a loss to the nationally ranked sevens side. The day seemed long as the Trojans went up against Oregon, U of A, and UCLA, who all proved the superior in their matchups against USC.

Going into a consolation game on day two against Oregon State University, the team had a chance to prove their worth. Despite a tough day one, the Trojans rebounded against OSU to secure a 12-10 win and a positive finale for this season’s sevens.

Coach Siddall had this to say about the weekend, “The PAC 12 Tournament provided the highest standard of competition for the USC Sevens program this season. Despite being unsuccessful against stronger opposition on the first day the team backed it’s processes, fought through injuries and showed mental toughness to produce one of the seasons best performances and a convincing win on day two. The establishment of new patterns and processes will provide a platform from which the program can build in future years.”

With coach Adam Siddall returning to nation of birth New Zealand after Christmas, the program would like to thank him for his immense contribution and assisting the team in developing skills that will carry out into the years to come.

Looking ahead, the sevens squad will no rejoin the fifteens for the duration of the fall semester and into the spring to unleash the full potential of a team directed by Head Coach Loa Milford.

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