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Written by Alex Goff    Monday, 18 June 2012 22:48    PDF Print Write e-mail
Hughes, Magie Praise USA Effort
National Teams - Age-Grade Men


The skills guys might be doing the talking, but they gave credit to the guys in trenches Monday.

Fullback Madison Hughes, fresh off an MVP performance for Dartmouth at the USA 7s CRC, recorded 17 of the USA U20 team’s 22 points in their 22-11 victory over Tonga. Will Magie was captain and flyhalf, and directed an effective attack that kept to the plan all day.

But both gave credit elsewhere.

“We were just more aggressive,” said Magie. “They were bigger than us, especially in the front row, and our forwards overpowered them. Our front row was outstanding.”

Attitude, heart and aggression have been big watchwords for the USA team, and they walked the walk Monday. They also made smart decisions in a very difficult opening round Junior World Trophy match, where things could easily have gotten out of hand.

“Tonga are a great side,” said Hughes. “In the first half we felt like we were on top, although we perhaps needed to take our chances a bit more. And we did a better job of that, and everything we did in the first half we did slightly better in the second half.”

Magie also praised his team’s tenacity.

“We worked and worked and worked and never took our foot off the gas; everyone worked hard,” he said. “We kept our cool and we were smart in the top six inches today.”

 
Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Tuesday, 26 June 2012 19:52    PDF Print Write e-mail
2012 JWRT Standings and Results
International - International News


Japan edged Zimbabwe. P Crane photo



2012 Junior World Rugby Trophy Standings

Pool A W L T Pf Pa Pd BT BL Pts
USA 3 0 0 112 49 63 2 0 14
Tonga 2 1 0 114 43 71 2 0 10
Chile 1 2 0 92 114 -22 1 0 5
Russia 0 3 0 39 151 -112 0 0 0




















Pool B W L T Pf Pa Pd BT BL Pts
Japan 3 0 0 113 100 13 3 0 15
Georgia 2 1 0 119 60 59 2 1 11
Canada 1 2 0 118 114 4 2 1 7
Zimbawe 0 3 0 88 148 -60 2 1 3



Round 1
USA 22-11 Tonga
Georgia 31-17 Canada
Chile 53-19 Russia
Japan 39-36 Zimbabwe

Round 2
Tonga 62-7 Russia
Japan 38-35 Canada
Georgia 43-7 Zimbabwe
USA 54-25 Chile

Round 3
USA 36-13 Russia
Tonga 41-14 Chile
Canada 66-45 Georgia
Japan 36-29 Georgia




 
Written by Pat Clifton    Monday, 18 June 2012 19:59    PDF Print Write e-mail
Mexico Downs Exiles for Bloodfest Title
Sevens - Club Sevens


Mexico claimed the title of Bloodfest’s top bracket Saturday in Austin, Texas, beating The Woodlands Exiles twice on the day – once in pool play and once in the final.

“They were definitely coached very well. They were structured,” said Exiles coach David Pope of Mexico. “I had heard before the Mexican team wasn’t that strong, but they were really good at counter-rucking, very good at kickoffs. They did well.”

The Exiles reached the semis by handling the Dallas Harlequins in one semifinal, and Mexico blew past Forth Worth in the other.

The Exiles, while loaded with talent, are almost a completely new-look bunch this summer, ditching the fly-in club stars and Canadian internationals for American college talent. As a new group, they’re still working on their cohesion, but their defensive structures were strong Saturday.

“I thought our strongest suit was no one scored with us through the middle. Everything was taken out wide,” said Pope. “Mexico’s wing [Christian Henning] - he was a flyer. He definitely had the pace that he took it to us out wide.”

Pope says his team is experienced some anti-Exile sentiment Saturday, and that the majority of the crowd was cheering for Mexico in the final. The fact that the Exiles took three of the best players off of the Dallas Harlequins’ 2011 team may have something to do with it.

“The Texas mentality, they’re not liking what we’re doing,” said Pope. “It is what it is, but we’re going to continue doing what we’re doing, and we’re going to continue to keep pushing these Texas teams to step up, and that’s what needs to happen.”

Zac Mizell, one of those former-Harlequin Exiles, was awarded the Men's MVP.

El Azul claimed the top bracket’s Plate trophy.

Other Bracket Champions
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Bowl - Cobra Kai (New Orleans, LA)
Plaque 2 - Tyler Bolts (Tyler, TX)
Mini Plaque - Mavericks (Grand Prairie, TX)
Mini Cup - San Antonio RFC

Super Social
Austin Blacks

Womens
Austin Beavers

 
Written by Alex Goff    Monday, 18 June 2012 21:58    PDF Print Write e-mail
USA U20s Put Tonga Away Late
National Teams - Age-Grade Men


The USA U20s shocked Tonga Monday night in Salt Lake City, beating one of the tournament favorites 22-11 in the opening round of the Junior World Rugby Trophy.

Paul Meyers photoThe Junior All Americans handled themselves with a tremendous amount of pride and toughness, in eking out a gritty win. The teams battled every point of contact, and throughout the match the tackles thundered Murray City Park Rugby Stadium.

After a prolonged period of pressure, the USA U20s finally got on the board with a penalty kick from fullback Madison Hughes. While the Americans had possession and territory, tries seemed elusive. They appeared to have scored later on in the half, but the touch judge flag went up to negate that score.

Tonga came back after a series of small errors and penalties put the Americans on the back foot. Two quick penalties put Tonga ahead 6-3 with time winding down in the half. But a superb surge into the Tonga end of the field, sparked by some ferocious rucking and a nifty run from wing Kingsley McGowan forced a penalty that Hughes hit to tie the game 6-6 at halftime.

Tonga came out on fire and scored a try early on to lead 11-6 - threatening out wide and then punishing the Americans up the middle. But the USA kept to their pattern. They worked the phases extremely well, and with Will Magie directing the offense at flyhalf, they put Tonga under pressure, and continued to force penalties. Hughes punished them twice more to make it 12-11.

That’s how the game stayed for a good 15 minutes. The USA camped out in the Tongan end, but struggled to put the game away. A missed lineout through, or a knock-on in contact always seemed to be their undoing. Another try was called back for a foot on the touchline, and it seemed the USA was struggling to put the game away.

At the same time, Tonga kept getting into penalty trouble, and repeated infringements at the tackle area saw them get two yellow cards. A confrontation off the ball produced another for Michael Faleafa, his second, and therefore, the rest of the game.

But after that brush with the tryline, the Americans took control. A turnover gave them the right attacking platform, and they worked the phases superbly before Magie – who looked earlier to have a gap himself – fed Hughes for the killer try. The conversion was missed, however, and so at 17-11 with seven minutes to go, Tonga was still in it.

But excellent defense from the USA put Tonga under pressure, and a kick ahead produced a penalty that eventually led to LSU hooker Cameron Falcon to bust over from short range.

The victory then was complete. The USA showed enormous bravery against a Tonga team that jarred teeth in the tackle and were very dangerous with the ball in hand. They played smart rugby, and kept their composure and their discipline, taking the points on offer and winning the game.

Things don’t exactly get easier for the USA, as they take on Chile on Friday and Russia on Tuesday. But they are now in the driver’s seat in their pool.

Day One JWRT Scores
USA 22-11 Tonga
Georgia 31-17 Canada
Chile 53-19 Russia
Japan 39-36 Zimbabwe


USA 22
Tries: Hughes, Falcon
Pens: Hughes 4

Tonga 11
Tries: Atiola
Pens: Makaafi 2

 
Written by Pat Clifton    Monday, 18 June 2012 19:44    PDF Print Write e-mail
Youngbloodz Add Int'l Star, Eagle - P
Sevens - Club Sevens


The Youngbloodz, coming off of a semifinal loss to Belmont Shore, are picking up steam heading into the Midwest qualification season.

They’ve been around for years, as head coach Sam Robinson has been developing a large group of talented youngsters into a national contender. But last year they got their first player on the 7s Eagles – Garrett Bender. This year they have their first international star – Samoan scrumhalf Uale Mai.

Robinson approached Mai with the idea of possibly joining Youngbloodz at USA Sevens in Las Vegas.

“I wanted him to come down to just kind of help out USA Rugby and help me out. For me, doing everything from the sidelines, I can’t do it all,” said Robinson.

“To me, this might be his last year. He’s getting older, and if he’s not going to help out Samoan rugby as a coach, assistant coach, I’d like to bring him down here to help out rugby sevens over here.”

Mai did play in Minnesota 7s last weekend and will likely suit up in a couple of other tournaments, but won’t be available for Nationals, as he has to return to Samoa next month. But while he’s here he’s doing his best to impart the wiles of the world’s best 7s scrumhalf on the Youngbloodz’s already-darned-good Nate Augspurger.

Nate, brother Sam, Bender and Youngbloodz playmakers Nick Johnson and Tavake Sanft return from last season’s deep run.

The big addition who should be with the Youngbloodz all summer is Ryan Chapman. The capped 15s flanker, former Glendale Raptor and Utah Warrior has relocated to Minnesota and is with the Youngbloodz.

Another year together, another Eagle and some tutelage from one of the world’s best make the Youngbloodz a threat to go even deeper at Nationals this year.

 


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