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Bermuda win second shield title

Successful trip: Bermuda won the shield final for the second year running in Colorado

Bermuda successfully defended their shield title at the Serevi RugbyTown Sevens yesterday beating Mexico 19-15 in the final.

The team overcame the late withdrawal of Hadleigh Tucker to produce a result in Colorado that Sean Field-Lament, the Bermuda Rugby Football Union president, said “did the Island proud”.

Field-Lament said: “Taking Mexico’s scalp shows we are still relevant in the region, well done to everyone.”

Bermuda got through to the shield final after beating Bahamas 35-7 in the semi-final yesterday, while Mexico squeezed past Marines 29-24.

On Saturday, Bermuda had lost their third pool B game, going down 29-7 to Glendale Raptors, which put them in the Bowl competition as they finished bottom of their group.

They then faced Atlantis Rugby in the quarter-finals of the Bowl, and lost a close game 19-10.

Bahamas, meanwhile, were beaten 21-0 by Navy, setting up the shield sem-final clash between the two sides, with Bermuda taking the chance for some early revenge after their 15-a-side NACRA defeat in May.