Honorable Mentions (A-Z): Austin Blacks, Austin Huns, Kansas City Blues, Milwaukee Barbarians, Oceanside Chiefs, Old Gaelic Rugby, Old Mission Beach Athletic, Sacramento Capitals, Southern Pines Rugby, Westside Ronins
Week 4 sees some major shake-ups in the rankings, as Bulldog Rugby upset the Denver Barbarians at the Barbarians 7s tournament in Denver. This drops the Barbos from their #1 overall position and elevates Washington Athletic into the top spot. Bulldog assumes the second spot with their victory, and will be nipping at WAC's heels.
Elsewhere in the rankings, Metropolis demonstrated at Firehouse 7s that they're significantly better than everyone thought despite their heavy player loss to Major League Rugby. Their tournament wins shoots them from unranked to #7 overall, as they currently sit atop a tough Midwest competition. The Chicago Lions take a tumble as a result of their runner-up status, but only fall to the #11 position.
Dallas Rugby (the 'Dallas Reds') look formidable after Bloodfest 7s, where their qualifying side met their reserve side in the final. They'll be expecting heavy competition from New Orleans once the MLR season concludes, but Dallas's dominance at the first Austin stop, coupled with their impressive performance at least year's Club 7s final, moves them into the top 5 . Dallas and Chicago are the favorites going into the Eastern Open, and both could help their regions gain an extra seed to Nationals.
On the West Coast, Olympic Club looked to be in fine form at the first NCRFU 7s event in San Jose. Their wins over Life West and SFGG indicate a strong season ahead, and they hope to give their region an extra seed by winning the Western Open this coming weekend. The Pacific North has only one seed after some middling performances by its #2 teams at Nationals recently and a qualifying irregularity in 2017.
Old Blue continues to climb after winning consecutive Northeast tournaments; Beltway and Schuylkill more or less swap positions after Beltway bested Schuylkill at the Rites of Summer 7s; Peaks Rugby of Utah jumps into the top 20 for the first time after impressively taking third at the first Frontier 7s Series stop - a finish that also bumped the KC Blues from the rankings after they took fourth;