The supposed experts got dinged by the guests as a robot and guest drafter Mike Friday won the Club 7s Fantasy Draft for the women and men, respectively.
It wasn't easy, with both R2D2 (essentially a blind drafter using FloRugby's rankings) and Friday (who chose his own teams) had FloRugby Editor Alex Goff breathing down their necks.
Here's how it worked:
Goff, Austin Willis, and Alex Rees all drafted teams they thought would do well in the Club 7s Championships. Before the draft, USA Men's Sevens coach Friday was given the list of teams and told to choose two from the top eight (based on FloRugby's rankings), and two from the bottom eight.
R2D2 stood in for USA Women's Sevens coach Chris Brown, who we asked too late for him to give us an answer. The droid simply chose the highest-ranked team available.
The result was, basically, that our rankings were very good.
Goff screwed up because, while he chose both finalists for the women's bracket, and had some consistently strong picks in the men, he also picked two of the lower-finishing women's teams, and his pick to win it all on the men's side, Denver, had a poor tournament overall.
(We used the Men's Sevens World Series points system because it's designed for 16 teams. We had to adjust it slightly because the World Series doesn't have every team play out to all of the placements.)
Willis and Rees? Well see how they did:
|Belmont Shore Blue||12th||5|
|Kansas City Blues||15th||2||48|
|Atlanta Old White||8th||10|
|Belmont Shore Gold||10th||7|
|Goff||Park City Haggis||5th||12|
|Santa Barbara Academy||14th||3|
|Goff||San Diego Surfers||1st||22|
|Berkeley All Blues||2nd||19|