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Written by Pat Clifton    Sunday, 03 June 2012 09:53    PDF Print Write e-mail
CRC Semifinals Promise Entertainment
Tournaments - USA 7s CRC


The semifinals are set, and they're what was to be expected.

Life (USA Rugby College 7s National Champions), Dartmouth (defending CRC champions), Arizona (with the only capped Eagle in the tournament) and venerable Cal are all still alive.

Life University
14:03
Arizona
Dartmouth
14:28
California


One semifinal will pit some brilliant individuals together, with Life's Cam Dolan perhaps meeting his physical match in Arizona's Brett Thompson.

Colton Cariaga, Joe Cowley and Jake McFadden, all really good individuals in their own right, have the unenviable task of trying to bottle up Peter Tiberio, whose likeness covers about 30 rows of seating at PPL Park on a banner.

The other semifinal matches up maybe the two most disciplined teams in the event. Cal runs a defined, structured pattern, and Dartmouth does the same.

With everyone knowing where to be when, and what the smart plays are, the difference could well be which individual player makes the extra brilliant play. Will it be Cal's Brad Harrington or Seamus Kelly? Dartmouth's Madison Hughes or Derek Fish?

The NBC cameras and the thousands on hand in Philadelphia should be treated to some enthralling semifinals.


 
Written by Pat Clifton    Sunday, 03 June 2012 09:11    PDF Print Write e-mail
Delaware Kicks Away Cup Quarterfinal
Tournaments - USA 7s CRC


Delaware, unlike all three games on day one, came out of the gate hot against Life in the first Cup Quarterfinal Sunday, but couldn't hold on, as Life scored 12-unanswered points for the 12-7 victory.

Tyler Salamon. Marvin Dangerfield photo.
Nancy Trent photo
Marvin Dangerfield photo.

The Blue Hens had the better intensity and focus, and it resulted in great field position. For the better part of two minutes they repeated phases inside Life's 22.

The Running Eagles were pinged with a few penalties during the defensive stand, culminating Colton Cariaga being yellow-carded. Just after the card was give, Delaware’s Jimmy Kowalski finally broke the Life goal line for a try in the third minute.

Life waited out the rest of the two minutes remaining in Cariaga’s time out and penetrated Delaware’s defense with a series of inside offloads. Tyler Salamon threatened the try line but was thrust into touch.

Delaware worked the ball all the way back into Life’s 22 before Cariaga stole possession. Life worked the ball from right to left and left to right, and Cornelius Dirksen took the corner, escaped an ankle-tap tackle and put Life on the board. Cariaga converted, putting the Running Eagles up 7-5 at the half.

Life opened the second half with a try after throwing the ball into touch and stealing the ensuing lineout. The Running Eagles swung the ball across the field and brought it back to Cam Dolan, who ran untouched for the score. The conversion attempt was missed, leaving Delaware just one converted try down.

Delaware’s Pat Goldring then orchestrated a promising attack, knifing through a hole and cleverly waiting for support. But inside the 22 he made the curious decision to grubber, giving Life the ball back.

During Life’s next possession Goldring was binned for an extracurricular tussle while the ball was dead.  

Delaware regained possession and held it when the final hooter sounded, but Mitch Vannoy kicked the ball away, and Joe Cowley gladly scooped it up and cleared it to touch to end the game.

Life showed good poise to not fold under the early pressure from Delaware, as they nearly did against Penn State in the first game of the tournament.

"It really comes down to six, nine months ago. We have all the tools we need to execute and do what we need to do. Somebody might make mistakes, but they’re Etch-a-Sketch moments, shake it off, erase it, and go forward," Tyler Salamon said.

"We’ve been playing half by half. We zone out by ourselves and get focused. We do half by half and on Sunday it’s more like play by play," Jake McFadden added.

The Running Eagles await the winner of Arizona and Navy.

 
Written by Phillipa Snyman    Sunday, 03 June 2012 01:40    PDF Print Write e-mail
Second-Half Surge Puts Glendale in Final
Clubs - Men's DI Clubs


A first half battle of two superior Division I clubs delighted a more than 1000 strong crowd at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado.  Glendale RFC and Palmer College went play for play in the first half; however it was a strong surge by Glendale RFC in the second half that gave them a 34-10 win in the end.

Glendale v. Palmer in Saturday's semi. Phillipa Snyman photo.
Glendale v. Palmer in Saturday's semi. Phillipa Snyman photo.

Palmer were guilty of making the first mistake by being offside which resulted in Glendale center Tyler Siegel slotting a penalty.  Seven minutes later, fullback James Paterson chased down a chip kick to score a try making Glendale’s lead 8-0.

For the next 25 minutes the defenses for both clubs were put on display as the teams battled for possession. It was Glendale who made the first mistake by playing the ball on the ground in the ruck. Palmer flyhalf Chad London added his team’s first points of the game. 8-3 Glendale.

At the start of the second half, it seemed that Glendale realized that they needed to shift gears in order to overcome the pressure Palmer was applying.  It took nine minutes of phase play and a lineout to get the ball rumbled up to Palmer’s try line and with a concerted forward momentum, prop Pieter Botha was driven towards the goal posts by his teammates to score Glendale’s first try of the half.  Siegel’s conversion was successful.

This try was the turning point for Glendale. From there it didn’t take long before scrumhalf Daryl Furlong sidestepped, stutter-stepped, and spun past Palmer’s defense to cross the tryline.  Siegel slotted the conversion and the scoreboard read 22-3.

Winger Max Statler, using his speed, was next to score for Glendale and once again Siegel’s boot was accurate. Paterson’s try off of a sneaky chip kick by flyhalf Nese Malifa, delighted the crowd while exhibiting the skills that have made them both international players.

Palmer’s try and conversion by London in the 77th minute did little to make any difference to the outcome of the game. The scoreboard read 34-10 as the final whistle blew and Glendale were headed for the National Championship final once again.

“We tried to get too fancy in the first half,” said an emotional captain Nese Malifa.

“Our backs didn’t get much ball at the start but in the second half, our forwards moved the ball out quicker to our backs who were able to get things going and put points on the board.”

“I am very proud of the boys and despite a tough game today, I know they will be up for the challenge against Belmont Shore tomorrow.”

Glendale RFC will face off against Belmont Shore Rugby Club from Long Beach, Calif. Sunday at 4 pm MT at Infinity Park, Glendale, Colorado. 

Half time score – GRFC 8

Palmer College 3

 

Full time score
Glendale 34
Tries: Botha, Paterson (2), Furlong, Statler

Convs: Siegel (3)

Pens: Siegel


Palmer College 10
Try: London
Convs: London
Pens: London

 

 

 
Written by Alex Goff    Sunday, 03 June 2012 09:24    PDF Print Write e-mail
Oregon State Joining Pac 12 Rugby
Colleges - College News


University of Arizona Head Coach Dave Sitton reports that Oregon State has joined the Pac 12 rugby association. 

This is a group of college teams within the Pac 12 that are planning on playing in a Pac 12 league next year.

This is a crucial addition, because it brings the number of Pac 12 teams to six, a threshold number for the Pac 12 to recognize a sports competition as legitimate.

The fact that rugby is not varsity in all these schools is another hurdle, but one the organization is working on.

Oregon State joins Cal, Utah, Arizona, Arizona State and UCLA.


 
Written by Phillipa Snyman    Sunday, 03 June 2012 00:44    PDF Print Write e-mail
Belmont Shore Books Place in Final
Clubs - Men's DI Clubs


Metropolis Rugby Club hoped to surprise.  Belmont Shore came with a vision.  Two teams evenly matched in size and ability – the result was two rugby powerhouses putting it all on the line in an entertaining semi final played at Infinity Park, Glendale, this evening. 

Metropolis looks for a way through. Phillipa Snyman photo
Belmont Shore's offense just clicked a little better. Phillipa Snyman photo

Scoring got under way with a penalty conversion by Belmont fly half, Kameron Moeller, in the tenth minute followed four minutes later, with a try by lock and captain, Ian Carpenter, from a multi phase drive off of a lineout.

Metropolis kept things interesting with a huge penalty kick by center, Louis Joubert, from 43 meters out in the twentieth minute.  But Belmont responded with open side flanker, Eric Duechle, having a solid run which setup hands to hands passing for the winger, Sinapati Uiagalelei, to cross the line for a try which was converted by Moeller in the twenty ninth minute.

Uiagalelei scored again in the thirty third minute with an assist in play from center, Peter Sio.  Moeller’s conversion was good and Belmont retired to the change rooms at half time in the lead with 22 points to Metropolis’s 3 points.

The second half belonged to Belmont as they continued on their march to the final.  While Metropolis did their best to contain Belmont’s onslaught, Belmont piled on the pressure and were rewarded with Metropolis conceding a penalty to Belmont in the first ten minutes of the second half.  Moeller was successful with the penalty conversion and Belmont surged ahead 30-3.

A try by Belmont number 18, Hayden Pitts, in the seventieth minute was followed by a superb solo try by hooker, Zack Fenoglio, who pinned his ears back, when he broke through the Metropolis defense and galloped all the way over the try line for the most entertaining try of the game.

That was all the work that Belmont Shore needed to do in order to secure their birth in the championship final tomorrow and the scoreboard told the story with Belmont Shore beating Metropolis 37-3.

A delighted Belmont Shore Coach, Ray Egan, had this to say about his team, “The team stayed committed to the game plan of taking care of the ball through multiple phases of play.

“We knew Metropolis was going to be tough defensively and knew we had to look out for each other when we had possession.”

“It was a great win for the boys and we look forward to any challenge presented to us tomorrow.”

Belmont Shore will meet Glendale Rugby Football Club in the Men’s DI Championship Final at 4 pm MT Sunday.

 

Half time score :  Belmont Shore Rugby Club 22

Metropolis Rugby Club 3

 

Belmont Shore Rugby Club 37
Tries: Carpenter, Uiagalelei (2), Pitts, Fenoglio
Convs: Moeller (3)
Pens: Moeller (2)

 

Metropolis Rugby Club 3
Pens: Louis Joubert



 

 

 


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