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Written by Alex Goff    Friday, 08 June 2012 20:24    PDF Print Write e-mail
USA Scrum Coach Derek Dowling - Audio
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Audio available to RUGBYMag.com Premier Members.

New USA scrum coach Derek Dowling, from Ireland, speaks with RUGBYMag.com Editor-in-Chief Alex Goff about working on the scrum with the USA team.

 
Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Wednesday, 06 June 2012 19:48    PDF Print Write e-mail
Serevi Academy Good Route to Eagles
Sevens - USA Sevens Men


In 2011-2012, six alumni from last August’s inaugural Serevi Rugby Academy represented the U.S. in the HSBC Sevens Series. If the early reports are any indication, this year’s crop of Academy players is even stronger and deeper. What’s more, joining Serevi with whistles will be legendary New Zealand Sevens Coach Gordon Tietjens and longtime Argentine great Santiago Gomez Cora.

Joining Eagle veterans like Nu’u Punimata, Garrett Bender, and Miles Craigwell will be the next wave of American talent. Players set to lace up on Wednesday afternoon include BYU’s Ryan Rowdy, Davenport University’s JP Eloff, Life University’s Colton Cariaga, Arizona’s Brett Thompson and High School All American Ryan Matyas. Cal standouts Brad Harrington and Danny Barrett will also participate.

The scene is set for these players to impress. Coaches who will attend all or portions of the June 6-10 Academy at the University of San Diego include U.S. Sevens Head Coach Alex Magleby, College All American Coach Tony Pacheco, High School All American Coach Salty Thompson and National Championship-winning coach of the Chicago Lions Aaron Manheimer.

Host Waisale Serevi commented, “I have the same feeling I used to have before big games – excitement, focus, positive pressure. I am honored to be joined by Gordon and Santiago and thrilled to see 50 players of this caliber. We’re building a pipeline to the national team. This is the future of American rugby and I can’t wait to get started.”

Players wanting to get more info, or to join last-minute should contact Serevi Director of Programming Evan Haigh at 206-359-5384.

 

 
Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Wednesday, 06 June 2012 16:27    PDF Print Write e-mail
USA v Canada Live Webstream
National Teams - USA Men


This weekend's USA v. Canada Men's Test Match will be webcast live.

Partnered with Streaming Sports Network Canada, Rugby Canada is running the game live from Kingston, Ontario.

Kickoff is slates for 2pm Eastern Standard Time, 11am Pacific.

To access the stream, click here.

 
Written by Alex Goff    Wednesday, 06 June 2012 18:36    PDF Print Write e-mail
Dartmouth Success Reflects on Coach
Sevens - Collegiate Sevens


Alex Magleby won the 2011 USA 7s Collegiate Rugby Championship, and perhaps there were a few aside comments – Cal was tired, not Life, no St. Mary’s at the tournament; maybe they were lucky.

Captain Paul Jarvis, inspirational in his own right, drew inspiration from his coach. Steve Mitchell photo.
The Angry Little Guys, and Nate Brakeley. Steve Mitchell photo.
Coach Maglbey distinctly absent from the celebration photo. Steve Mitchell photo.

Still, the former USA 7s team captain followed that on by coaching the All Americans (15s and 7s) and then the USA 7s team starting in March. He returned to Dartmouth to lead the team to the national D1-AA semifinals in 15s, and now, despite losing four highly-regarded players from last season, won the CRC again.

In the tournament this past weekend, they were even better than last year. They crushed a very good Delaware team 31-5, did the same to Maryland 31-7, shut out Florida, eventual Challenger winners, 28-0. After that it was 35-5 over Wisconsin, a dramatic comeback win over Cal 21-19, when they scored two converted tries in the final four minutes, and a 24-5 defeat of Arizona in the final.

True, Arizona lost two of their best players, Peter Tiberio and Trent Fisher, to injury in that final, but Dartmouth was already up 7-0 when that happened. The Ivy Leaguers from New Hampshire scored, 170 points and gave up only 41, 19 of which were from Cal in one game. Other than that match, they dominated. It wasn’t even close.

They did it, despite having and only one player significantly taller than 5-9, 15s lock and 7s prop Nate Brakeley. The rest of the team was small, sometimes startlingly so. But they had a little speed, plenty of teamwork, and a ton of self-belief. They also had a coach who showed that 7s isn’t just about getting the ball to the fast guy.

“I can’t say enough about the whole team,” said Dartmouth captain Paul Jarvis, looking back at the semifinal comeback against Cal. “The self belief that we have that Mags puts in us; the expectation that we’re never out of it; that someone will make the play and we’ll pick it up; never left us. I couldn’t be prouder of the guys the way they stuck to it. And Mags is the best coach I have ever had.”

Jarvis, for his part, was outstanding. Not a big man, he plays big, and was the central figure in the comeback in the semis. He didn’t make RUGBYMag.com’s All-Tournament team because there are forwards who are bigger and more athletic and faster. But if you were looking for a leader of men, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better one.

“It’s a bit of a running joke, a bunch of short angry men,” added Will Lehmann about the team’s side. “But I think it’s really a thinking man’s game, and I think the fact is everyone knows how to use their size to their best advantage. Obviously, Nate, the big lad, he uses that to a big advantage. The rest of us, we know how to make it work I guess. Good team chemistry.”

And the coach makes it happen. A coach who makes it … and this was the theme in player comments … simple.

“He’s a fantastic coach,” said tournament MVP Madison Hughes. “He makes it really easy for the players.”

“Mags always says do the fundamentals right at pace and it will work out,” added Will Mueller. “And that’s what we did.”

It’s interesting to note, also, that Dartmouth did not have a long time to prepare for this tournament. They turned things around in basically two weeks – maybe nine or ten training sessions. Now, they had been working on 7s in the fall and worked on skills throughout the season, but many coaches have said the short turnaround time from 15s to 7s is hard. Well, Alexander Magleby figured it out.

And he figured it out while also dividing his time between Dartmouth and the USA national team, a job he didn’t take until after he discussed it with his players.

“He’s very transparent,” Lehmann said of Magleby. “He sat the seniors down and he told them what the situation was and he’s like. ‘I want to get your inputs. Do you have a problem with this, how can we make this work?’ I think everyone responded really positively. We’d said on the side it’s only a matter of time. We’re blessed to have such a great coach. It’s only a matter of time before he gets called up to higher honors, so I think that just made us more tight-knit.”

Dartmouth didn’t get to play Life, as Life were upended 19-12 in the CRC semis. But they shared some common opponents:

Dartmouth 31 Delaware 5
Life 12 Delaware 5

Dartmouth 21 Cal 19
Life 7 Cal 26

Dartmouth 24 Arizona 5
Life 12 Arizona 19

Dartmouth 35 Wisconsin 5
Life 36 Wisconsin 12


As you can see, in every comparison, Dartmouth recorded a better score, despite having a smaller, less athletic team with less time to prepare. Not to knock the outstanding caching at Life, Cal, Arizona, and elsewhere – not at all – but ask the Dartmouth players and they will give the credit to the guy on the sidelines.

 
Written by Press Release    Wednesday, 06 June 2012 09:35    PDF Print Write e-mail
Forth Hunt Takes Virginia in Nail Biter
School Age - Boys


In a defensive struggle, the Fort Hunt Warriors nipped the Hampton Heat 8-5 to win the 2012 Rugby Virginia High School Boys State Championship.  

The match was played under partly cloudy skies in Newport News, Va. before a large and enthusiastic crowd. The first 10 minutes of the match both teams probed for an advantage, but neither team could gain the upper hand.  

At the 12 minute mark, Hampton was penalized for hands in the ruck and the Fort Hunt flyhalf, Colin Gregory, hit the penalty kick from 30 meters to for a 3-0 lead. For the rest of the half, both teams seemed to suffer from nerves as several good scoring chances were not finished due to knock-ons or poor passes and the scored remained 3-0 at the half.

In the second half, the pace of the match picked up and both teams seemed to get their game together.

Hampton pushed into Fort Hunt’s end and forced a scrum about 15 meters from the goal line. Fort Hunt won the put-in and No. 8 Paul Skudlark picked up looking for a weakside break. However, Hampton’s blindside flanker, Omar Shepard, made a great one-on-one tackle, poached the ball, and Hampton spun it out to their backs.

Outside center Nick Sandavol made a strong run to the line only to be stopped inches short.  However, Hampton’s inside center and captain, Daunte Wilson, snatched up the ball and dove over for the try to give Hampton a 5-3 lead. Sandoval’s conversion attempt went wide.  

At the 15 minute mark, Fort Hunt hit back and scored a try. After being awarded a penalty kick in front of the posts, Fort Hunt passed up what looked like a sure three points and ran a quick-tap play. Flanker Darrien Pickett smashed over for the try, and Fort Hunt was back in the lead, 8-5, after Gregory’s conversion was missed.  

For the rest of the match, defense was the name of the game. Fort Hunt’s scrum was strong, taking three balls against the head and winning several line outs but couldn’t capitalize.  

Hampton’s center combination made several strong runs, but Fort Hunt tackled desperately and stopped the threats. With about five minutes left in the match, Hampton had an attack that looked to provide the winning try only to miss that opportunity when the last pass was thrown forward. The match ended with Fort Hunt forcing a turnover at a set scrum.

 


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