Written by Alex Goff    Tuesday, 14 August 2012 13:16    PDF Print Write e-mail
Strong First Half Puts Leinster Past All Americans
Colleges - All Americans

Leinster Academy defeated the USA Collegiate All Americans 29-14 Tuesday in Dublin, finishing the All Americans’ tour at 1-1.

Seamus Kelly had a strong game for the tourists. Ian Muir photo.
Ian Muir photo.
Hynie Leaatoa battles through some attentions. Ian Muir photo.
Irish Rugby Tours made possible this tour for the All Americans.
Hoseki Kofe fends off a defender. Ian Muir photo.
All Americans maul the ball upfield  Joan Shepherd photo.
Madison Hughes goes airborne. Joan Shepherd photo.

Head Coach Matt Sherman started a slightly different squad than the one that took on Connacht Development three days ago. Ray Forrester and Ryan Roundy were game-time decisions, with Roundy held out and Forrester chosen on the bench.

Cal center Seamus Kelly was named game day captain.

Playing into a strong wind in the first half, the All Americans struggled against a very unified Academy team. After the teams started very tight in the first quarter, Leinster scored 24 points in a 15-minute period – three tries and a penalty between minutes 17 and 32.

The All Americans had a number of excellent scoring opportunities, several instigated by Kelly, but could not finish them off.

Down 24-0, the All Americans made some adjustments and, with the wind, were a little more fortunate. Flanker Cam Dolan scored 11 minutes into the second half, and Joe Cowley’s conversion made it 24-7. Leinster scored moments later, but concerted pressure from the All Americans netted a try from prop Jake Mizell to finish off the scoring.

Along with Kelly, front-rowers Nick Wallace and Mike Shepherd had strong games for the Americans.

All Americans Lineup
1 Mikey Su'a - BYU
2 Andrew Cook – St. Mary’s
3 Nick Wallace – St. Mary’s
4 TJ Allred - BYU
5 Nate Brakeley - Dartmouth
6 Cam Dolan – Life University
7 Hynie Leaatoa - BYU
8 Shaun Potgeiter – Arkansas State
9 Chris Saint – Penn State
10 Patrick Sullivan – Arkansas State
11 Madison Hughes - Dartmouth
12 Seamus Kelly (c) - California
13 Zach Mizell – Arkansas State
14 Hoseki Kofe - BYU
15 Joe Cowley – Life University

16 Jamie Kelm – San Diego State
17 Mike Shepherd - Utah
18 Jake Mizell – Arkansas State
19 Alec Gletzer – UC Santa Barbara
20 James Lynch – Life Iniversity
21 Ray Forrester - BYU
22 JP Eloff - Davenport
23 Nick Evans - Tennessee