Rugby 7s heat up in Byron
North Sydney defeated the might of Brisbane Fiji Midnight Madness 29-12 in Byron Bay on Sunday in another fast and free flowing encounter at the end of two days of sparkling rugby in unseasonably hot weather.
The annual carnival, which is a great money spinner for the coastal city, drew 48 teams from all over Australia and New Zealand to fight it out for the $14,000 prize money and party hard.
The D Grade mens final was a walk over with the Top End Buffalos easily capturing the title with a 38-5 win over The Mob. In the C Grade mens final the Sloths knocked off the Alleygators 24-12 and Canterbury, another New Zealand team, came home hard to beat the Aussie Mongrels 22-19 in the B Grade decider.
In the open womens competition Warringah threw the ball around to humble the powerful Shabu Sharks from New Zealand in the final 26-5, while in the B-Grade womens final Powerhouse mauled Bundy Island Two 34-nil.