Folau Niua continues his outstanding form at the men’s 7s NASC in Chula Vista, Calif., leading the tournament in tries and points and leading the Pacific Coast to a convincing 3-0 record in pool play.
The Grizzlies defeated the Northeast 50-5 to finish the day undefeated, with Folau linking well with Mile Pulu at flyhalf and Mike Palefau in the center. Maka Unufe did not reach the tryline Friday, but that was because of some smart play by the youngster. Teams keyed on him and he set up several tries with smart offloads.
Southern California escaped a tenacious South team with a 14-12 win to come second in Pool A.
The Collegiate All Americans got two tries from Bubba Jones and scores from PJ Eloff and Muhammed Abdul-Shakoor to beat the West 26-7 in a Round 3 battle of 2-0 teams.
The West played well all day but the fit, speedy All Americans were just too much.
Niua leads the men’s competition with five tries and 29 points, while Mile Pulu has 25 points, and Taylor Howden 22.
Two players, Southern California’s Justin Boyd and the South’s Bobby Allen have four tries.
Saturday matchups: 9am Pacific Coast v. Mid-Atlantic 9:20 West v. South 9:40 All Americans v. Northeast 10am SoCal v. Midwest
The Pacific Coast continue to look all sorts of awesome in the second round of matches at the men’s en’s 7s National All-Star Championships Friday at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista.
Led by the impressive Folau Niua, the Grizzlies slammed the South 39-7. Niua, who had put up solid fitness numbers during the Pac Coast tryouts, also is outstanding on the restarts, in part because he’s left-footed.
The SFGG and former East Palo Alto star ran in three tries, with his fellow EPA/SFGG teammate Mile Pulu scoring twice as the Pac Coast made a statement.
With Niua playing scrumhalf and linking with late arrival Mike Palefau and Maka Unufe and Pulu out wide, the Pacific Coast backline is unmatched in pace. Forwards Pate Tuilevuka and Miles Craigwell also scored.
Southern California seems to be the #2 team in Pool A as Justin Boyd’s three tries led the Griffins to a rout of the Northeast.
In Pool B, West’s teamwork and experience is seeing them through as they shut out the Mid-Atlantic. The All Americans looked unstoppable in the first half of their match against the Midwest. Leading 19-0, though, they let the eagerness of youth take over, and started playing too much of an individual game. Out of their game plan and out of their rhythm, they were outscored in the second half, but did enough to beat the Thunderbirds 24-14.
Chula Vista, CA - All of the teams that won in the first round of the women's National All Star 7s Championship also won in their second game. The eight teams are either 2-0 or 0-2.
In pool A, the Midwest lost another tight match, losing 15-7 to MARFU. Considering the Thunderbirds are playing their first matches together as well as playing ironman rugby with only seven players in attendance, the team has stood up to two very good squads thus far.
Ida Berstein was once again integral to the Sharks' victory, running in two tries for winning point spread. The former 7s Eagle currently leads the points leaderboard with Nathalie Marchino, both of whom have scored four tries over two games. Megan Hanson also scored for MARFU, and Christy Ringgenberg converted Michele Wong's try for the Midwest.
In the other pool A match, Southern California is still looking for its first points of the day, following its 24-0 opener with a 35-0 shutout against the Pacific Coast. The Pacific Coast's ultra potent backs were too much for the Griffins to contain, and player/coach Laura Cabrera, Marchino (2), Kelly Griffin (2), Irene Gardner and San Juanita Moreno all scored tries. So Cal will have one more shot to score points against the Midwest, but will likely take the fourth seed out of pool A into tomorrow's playoffs.
In pool B, the West asserted that it's earlier win against the South was no fluke and beat the Northeast 12-5.
"The team's playing beyond expectations," coach Tracy Gola said. "We came in as individuals, all playing a different style of 7s, but they're all coming together nicely now. We're communicating, working together well - I really couldn't ask for a better group of girls."
The West has a tough match ahead against the USA, which defeated the South 36-0 in its second match of the day. The two teams played the Northeast to close games, but the junior Eagles really opened it up against the Panthers, and will be difficult to corale. Kaelene Lundstrum, who earned her first international caps at Nations Cup earlier this month, had a great game, running in three tries against the South. Deven Owsiany, Amy Naber and Frances Wehrwein also added five-pointers, while Kimber Rozier slotted three conversions.
"It has only been two games," Gola checked her enthusiasm. "We'll see what happens when fatigue starts to set in."
Round 2 MARFU 15-7 Midwest Pacific Coast 35-0 Southern Cal USA Dev 40-0 South West 12-5 Northeast
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