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Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Wednesday, 21 March 2012 18:27    PDF Print Write e-mail
Women Hong Kong 7s Schedule
National Teams - USA Women



2012 Hong Kong Women's 7s Pools and Schedule
(Times are all local, which is 12 hours ahead of Eastern Time, and 15 hours ahead of Pacific Time)


Pool A

Pool B

Pool C

Pool D

Canada

England

Australia

USA

Brazil

China

Netherlands

Spain

Russia

Japan

Hong Kong

Tunisia






2012 Tournament Schedule:

Friday, 23rd March 2012, Hong Kong Football Club, Happy Valley

GAME

TIME

POOL

TEAM

V

TEAM

1

8:30

D

D1 USA

V

D2 Spain

2

8:50

C

C1 Australia

C2 Netherlands

3

9:10

B

B1 England

B2 China

4

9:30

A

A1 Canada

A2 Brazil

5

9:50

D

D2 Spain

D3 Tunisia

6

10:10

C

C2 Netherlands

C3 Hong Kong

7

10:30

B

B2 China

B3 Japan

8

10:50

A

A2 Brazil

A3 Russia

9

11:10

D

D1 USA

D3 Tunisia

10

11:30

C

C1 Australia

C3 Hong Kong

11

11:50

B

B1 England

B3 Japan

12

12:10

A

A1 Canada

A3 Russia


12:30

Mass Tournament Photo & Lunch Break

Re-seeded

12:50

Annual Bali Memorial Match

Plate/Bowl

13:55

Plate & Bowl Competition (Placing 5-12) Starts

13

14:00

Bowl SF

3rd Pool A

V

3rd Pool B

14

14:20

Bowl SF

3rd Pool C

3rd Pool D

15

14:40

Plate SF

2nd Pool A

2nd Pool B

16

15:00

Plate SF

2nd Pool C

2nd Pool D

17

16:00

11th/12th

Loser Game 13 (A3/B3)


Loser Game 14 (C3/D3)

18

16:20

7th/8th

Loser G15 (A2/B2)

Loser Game 16 (C2/D2)

19

16:40

BOWL 9th/10th

Winner Game 13 (A3/B3)


Winner Game 14 (C3/D3)

*20

18:12

HK Stadium

PLATE 5th/6th

Winner Game 15 (A2/B2)

Winner Game 16 (C2/D2)










DAY TWO

Saturday, 24th March 2012, Hong Kong Stadium

GAME

TIME

PLAY

TEAM RESULT

V

TEAM RESULT

Cup Comp.

9:45

*21

11:42

Cup SF

1st Pool A

v

1st Pool B

*22

12:04

Cup SF

1st Pool C

1st Pool D

*23

16:50

CUP Final 1st/2nd

Winner Game 21 (A1/B1)

Winner Game 22 (C1/D1)


 
Written by Alex Goff    Wednesday, 21 March 2012 18:12    PDF Print Write e-mail
HSAA 7s an Impressive Work in Progress
National Teams - Age-Grade Men


It’s not a little thing that the High School All Americans are spending their Spring Break in England.

Aiava is an exciting player, and a leader. David Barpal photo.
Anthony Salaber is part of a group of tall, rangy HSAA forwards. David Barpal photo.
Coach Salty Thompson knows his team has to develop its teamwork quickly. David Barpal photo.

Playing in the Rosslyn Park 7s is not just playing in any old tournament. The Rosslyn Park 7s is a national institution, having existed for 73 years, and features many of the best schools (judging by rugby and academics) in the UK.

Winning games at that tournament will be difficult. The USA team might have the edge on most in athleticism, but not in rugby experience and certainly not in those teams’ experience with each other.

Their pool is startlingly tough, with King Edward VI Grammar School, Lycee Francais, Nottingham HS, and Ysgol Dyffryn Taf of Wales.

Playing the rest of the weekend’s game will be equally difficult, especially as the slate of games could be as much as nine. But for the HSAA program, this is a good thing.

From personal observation of the players at the Las Vegas Invitational during the USA 7s in Las Vegas, I saw a team … no, a program … mature and grow. The HSAA B team started poorly but ended up shocking the Ontario select side after falling behind 17-5. In the Plate Final, they defeated the Dog River Howlers – a select touring program from Saskatchewan – 5-0. Finishing the game stuck in their own 22 defending with a man down due to a yellow card.

The emergence of that group from a disparate gathering of athletes into a team,that played smart 7s was remarkable.

The one try those Bs scored against the Howlers hinged on a single player (his name escaped me at the moment but he was wearing #9) simply catching the ball, pinning his defender, and passing it. This seems like a simple thing, but how many 7s (or 15s, for that matter) players do we see fail to do just that? Good 7s tries usually depend on one player doing a simple catch and pass, and not trying to engage the defender with anything more than a look. Quick hands, quick ball … we all say it. These guys are learning it.

“It’s all on the coaches,” said Mike Reid, who captained that B team. “The coaches were on us the whole time about our teamwork and playing a good team game. At the end we had to go all out; everybody had to give 100%. We have learned to adapt and see what our challenges are and face them.”

Now Reid didn’t make this team going to Rosslyn Park, and that’s fine. He’s still only 16 and has some time. It’s also an indication of the talent out there. Led by the phenomenal Nu’u Aiava, who has as good a sidestep as almost anyone in the American game, and played from seven different states, the team have speed, size, and brains.

Head Coach Salty Thompson returns only six players who participated in Vegas, but there are still good lessons there.

“I do agree that the 2nd team made the most growth over the course of the tournament, and we did get a player play his way into this squad for Rosslyn Park,” Thompson told RUGBYMag.com. “Right now we know we’re not really refining ourselves as a 7s program, but rather giving them a 7s experience. We don’t want to take them out of school any longer than we need to, so in Vegas we had four practices over two days, and this time we will have three days of practice. But we have made some good upgrades in the team.”

Thompson has agreed with the Canadian teams in Vegas not to bring players born before 1994, but at Rosslyn the 1993s are OK, so Gavin Brown and Sean Mahon step in. Brown is from North Central High in Indianapolis. A small-of-stature center/fullback in 15s, he has excellent speed and uses space well, so he will bring a lot to the 7s attack.

Mahon played with the HSAA team that struggled but learned a lot in British Columbia in the summer.

“They had a difficult trip, but some of the guys came out of it the better for it,” said Thompson.

Leading the team is probably Aiava, who plays with the Hilo Reign in Hawaii. He is speedy, elusive, and, above all, a leader.

Also returning from the Las Vegas trip is Dylan Audsley of the Tempe Rugby Club. He was the quickest player in the HSAA weinter camp, and also runs track. Jake Feury was the guy who played his way up from the 2nds. He has an excellent engine and a high, intense work rate. As a hooker he gets out into the open very well, “and he understands the game,” said his coach.

Sam Peri of Lamorinda and Anthony Salaber of Dixon are two Northern California kids who are tall, rangy, and effective in the air. One of the plusses this team will take to Rosslyn Park is height.

Vili Toluta’u is another Hawaiian – he plays for Mana O Maui. He is a 400-meter runner in track and also does the triple jump, so he’s fast, has endurance, and explosiveness and balance. He also plays lineback. That’s an excellent combination.

Bradley Shaw of Columbus RFC in Indiana was slated to play in Las Vegas but got food poisoning and couldn’t play. He is multi-skilled and one of the fastest players in the HSAA program.

To this group, Thompson has added LA Cougar Christian Hess, who is in the Peri/Salaber mold of being tall (6-4) and just over 200 pounds. A fast prop who plays fullback in 15s, he has some adjusting to do.

Jeremy Lutali helped Wilson HS win the SoCal championship, and is also a linebacker in football. When Thompson scouted the 5-11, 215-pound solid block, he had no timer, so he lined Lutali up against the fastest players he had available. Lutali beat them all.

And Zach Webber is the inside center, and sometimes flyhalf for United in Utah. A back, he loves the contact and serves as an extra loose forward on defense, poaching ball and counter-rucking. His cross-denominational skills will stand him in good stead for 7s.

This will be a very athletic team, but coming together quickly will be key.

“In teamwork they are going to struggle a little bit,” said Thompson. “Half of them have played together, but the other half has to get on the same page. They have to learn about each other – what foot a guy steps off of, how strong is he in contact. We’ve got good team speed, and we’re athletic, but teamwork is a huge element of the game.”

Tasked with learning game by game, the High School All Americans have already shown they can do that in Las Vegas. This squad, despite being in the middle of 15s season and not fully 7s fit, will be quick studies. They will have to be.

 
Written by Press Release    Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:52    PDF Print Write e-mail
Dartmouth Claims Tour-Opener Victory
Colleges - Men's DI College

In the first match of their spring tour, the Dartmouth Rugby 1st XV won a hard-earned victory against the Cayman Islands national team on their home turf, beating their hosts by a score of 29-25. Playing in their first match without head coach Alexander Magleby, who was away fulfilling his duties as coach of the USA Eagles at the Hong Kong 7s, the Big Green raced out to an early lead before having to withstand a spirited comeback from their opponents. Backed by several great individual performances however, the team was able to hold out for the win.

Things began well for Dartmouth, as they were able to get on the board first thanks to a try from wing Kevin Clark ’14. Fullback Madison Hughes ’15 would add on the conversion to make the score 7-0. Hughes was not done for the day though, as he would boot through a penalty a few minutes later to make the score 10-0. Dartmouth would continue their fast start as Clarke scored another try, followed once again by a Hughes conversion, to make the lead 17-0. The Cayman team would begin to close the gap thereafter though, as they would notch a try and conversion of their own to make the score 17-7 heading into halftime.

After the break Dartmouth would be the first to strike with captain and No. 8 Paul Jarvis’12 scoring a try early in the second half. The subsequent conversion from Hughes would make the score 24-7. But just when it seemed like The Big Green would pull away, the Cayman team began to bring them back in, putting in a try to cut the lead to 24-12. They would score again to make it 24-17 before Dartmouth struck back, as wing Justin Ciambella ’13 went into the try zone. Unfortunately, Hughes wasn’t able to make the conversion and the score remained at 29-17.

The Cayman team would continue their comeback, with another try to cut the lead to 29-22. They would keep pushing the matter via a successful penalty attempt with around 10 minutes left to make the score 29-25. But despite their best efforts to take the lead, the Dartmouth defense stood strong to hold out for the win and a successful start to their tour.

In a small consolation to the hosts, the Cayman Selects side was able to get a victory again the Dartmouth 2nd XV, winning by a score of 34-27. The Big Green will have four more matches, two for each side, before heading back up to Hanover this Sunday.

 

 
Written by Alex Goff    Wednesday, 21 March 2012 17:11    PDF Print Write e-mail
CRC Weekend Full of Activity
Tournaments - USA 7s CRC


Steve Mitchell photo.A preliminary schedule of events is coming together for the 2012 USA 7s Collegiate Rugby Championship in Philadelphia in June.

The main tournament will be held at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., on the outskirts of the City of Brotherly Love, but there’s plenty more going on the entire weekend.

The High School Rugby Challenge starts play on Friday, June 1, with 16 boys teams and 8 girls teams from around the nation competing in 7s.

That night, the Fan Kickoff Party is scheduled in the evening.

On June 2, gates open at PPL Park at 8am, with the Block Party starting at 9am featuring music, games, and vendors.

The CRC games finish at 7pm and right after that will be a concert, with the music act to be confirmed, followed by a fan party in Philadelphia.

On Sunday, June 3, stadium gates once again open at 8am, with the competition all day until 6pm (and the Block Party also in full swing).

Another concert is slated for Sunday evening after the games are over, and a fan party later that night in the city.

Times and locations are to be confirmed. Stick with RUGBYMag.com for details or go to www.usasevenscrc.com

 
Written by Pat Clifton    Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:33    PDF Print Write e-mail
College POW: Adam Page
Colleges - College News


Colorado’s 67-5 trouncing of Arizona State was the biggest surprise in DI-A last week, and the three-try performance from freshman lock Adam Page was a big part of the win, which is why he is our College Player of the Week.

Page captained Denver East, one of Colorado’s two best high school programs, and is a candidate for the U20 team.

“He played really well. He’s a real big kid, and he’s got tremendous game instincts. He’s been playing for, I think, seven years now, and he comes from a really established high school program,” said Colorado coach Jim Snyder.  

“He’s just a smart player, good all-around rugby player. He’s also a big kid. Probably 6-4 and 220 and he’s just a freshman. He stepped up (against Arizona State).”

 


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