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Pride 7’s and Sydney University played out a closely fought final in the third round of the Women’s rugby sevens competition yesterday at Manly, with Pride 7’s finally overcoming the students by 24 points to 12.

Before play started the teams paid their respects with a minutes silence for Warringah player Lachlan Ward who died while playing for his club in a lower grade game on Saturday.

Two pools of four teams contested the early rounds of the sevens with UNSW, Manly and Macquarie University competing against Waverley, Hornsby and Easts, with Sydney University and Pride 7s finishing on top of their respective pools.

The final was close right until the end, with the Sydney University only trailing by 12-5 at half time with Pride 7’s only securing their win in the final moments of the game.

NSW Rugby Union Women’s Development Officer and competition organiser Caitlin Aquilina said it was a great day even with a last minute switch of venues.

“The wet weather forced the games to be moved from Manly Oval to Keirle Park but nothing could dampen the spirit of play on the day,” Caitlin said.

“Girls of all shapes, sizes and skills played along with some girls who had never played sevens rugby before and they all really enjoyed the games and the day.

“The tournament showed that there’s a lot of talent in women’s rugby and the game is growing quickly with even more teams playing in Sydney and so we’ll be able to grow the game.

“With more girls finding they can find a team at established clubs around Sydney the future of women’s rugby is looking good.”

The fourth round of the women’s sevens competition takes place in July and teams who are interested in playing are invited to join through the NSW Rugby Union.