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Written by Alex Goff    Saturday, 29 October 2011 14:31    PDF Print Write e-mail
Mack Gratified with Canada's Start
Canada - Men

Having won two pool matches by large margins, Canada is in excellent position to win Pool B at the Pan-Am Games.

They toasted Brazil 45-0 and then did much the same against Chile, 35-7.

Scrumhalf and playmaker Phil Mack simply has had to float back and forth looking for big runners coming in at pace, and the tries have come.

“We’ve put a lot of hard work in these last seven days,” said Mack. “Now we’re just trying to make it work.”

Two-thirds of the team are 15s players just off the World Cup. Mack has said that won’t make a difference. Turns out he’s right.

“The majority of the guys who came in are pretty experienced in the 7s circuit. It didn’t take them long to get started going again,” he explained. “We have a pretty good balance right now between skill speed and strength.”

And that leads to tries and turnovers as well.

“We’ve got some big strong guys who like the physical part of the game, so if people want to run at us we’re happy,” Mack said.

Next up is the USA, which has looked vulnerable, to say the least. The Eagles might well drop to third if they lose badly to Canada, and Brazil beats Chile. However, that’s unlikely. And even though the Eagles haven’t played particularly well, this game is still winner takes 1st place.

“You don’t need much to get motivated for those games,” said Mack. “I imagine it will be a pretty hard-fought contest.”

 
Written by Press Release    Saturday, 29 October 2011 14:14    PDF Print Write e-mail
Navy Staves Off Notre Dame Comeback
Colleges - Men's DI College

Navy beat Notre Dame 28-21 in a friendly Friday night in South Ben, Ind., the second Friday night match against a service academy for the Fighting Irish this season, as they fell to Air Force two weeks prior.

Within the first 5 minutes the first ‘high tackle’ was recorded, leading to a Navy sin bin. The Irish were quick to capitalize on the lack of numbers in the setpiece, driving a scrum 10 meters into the try zone, where No. 8 Ryan Robinson picked up the ball and touched it down. Byron Henry made the conversion to put the Irish up 7-0.

After more phase play and a multitude of tactical kicking by both flyhalves, Navy saw their first break come on a turned scrum. The Navy No. 8 picked up the ball and made a quick dish to the oncoming scrumhalf, who then made an offload to keep the ball inbounds. After a couple of picks, the forwards powered over the line. The conversion was made and the game was tied at 7s going into halftime.

Navy maintained momentum through intermission, and after a couple of line breaks, the Midshipmen were banging on the door of the Irish try zone. They were momentarily kept out by a handling error, however they managed to win the opposing scrum and Navy’s No. 8 picked from the set piece and scored. The conversion was made – Midshipmen 14-7.

Fueled by another line break, the Midshipmen showcased their passing skills and worked the ball deep into Irish territory. When the Irish finally settled into their defense, it was too late; a couple of picks by the forwards put the ball over the line. They converted, and the Midshipmen were up 21-7.

With about 10 minutes to play in the game, the momentum began to shift again and the Irish realized the urgency at hand. After a few sloppy penalties, the Irish were inside the Navy 22. Reserve flyhalf Chris Pesigan skipped a ball to outside center Ryan Mitchell, who ran to within Navy’s 5 meter-line. Winger Rob Mungia was the first to the ensuing ruck and picked the ball and dove over the line to bring the Irish to within one score. Pesigan hit the conversion to draw the Irish within 7 at 21-14.  

After another yellow card left the Midshipmen’s numbers lacking, Pesigan skipped the ball again to Mitchell, who made a quick pass to fullback David Penberthy, who beat the last man and went into the try zone. Pesigan converted the try, and the score was tied 21-21 with five minutes left to play.

The comeback was not completed, however. Like in their game against Air Force, the Irish found themselves on the defensive for the remaining five minutes of the half. In a valiant stand, the Irish defense held, until the closing moments of the match, when a Navy forward picked the ball of a ruck and dove in. Final time blew as the Midshipmen closed out their victory 28-21.

 
Written by Alex Goff    Sunday, 30 October 2011 14:24    PDF Print Write e-mail
Pan Am Rugby Box Scores
International - Olympics
Pan-Am Rugby 7s Pool Standings



Pool A W L T Pf Pa Pd Pts
Argentina 3 0 0 92 15 77 9
Uruguay 2 1 0 52 26 26 7
Guyana 1 2 0 12 65 -53 5
Mexico 0 3 0 10 60 -50 3








Pool B W L T Pf Pa Pd Pts
Canada 3 0 0 109 28 81 9
USA 1 1 1 54 55 -1 6
Brazil 1 1 1 33 71 -38 6
Chile 0 3 0 21 63 -42 3


Canada v. Brazil. Alex Goff photoUSA 14
Tries: Unufe, Mauer
Convs: Niua 2

Chile 7
Tries: Ianiszeswicki
Convs: Herrera

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Canada 45
Tries: Mack 2, Trainor 2, Duke, Scholz, Paris
Convs: Mack 3, Hirayama 2

Brazil 0


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Argentina 26
Tries: Merello, Guitierrez 2, Ascarete
Conovs: Guitierrez 3

Mexico 5
Tries: Nadaud

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Uruguay 20
Tries: Favaro 2, Ormachea, Albanell

Guyana 0

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USA 19
Tries: Unufe 2, Pulu
Convs: Niua 2

Brazil 19
Tries: Portugal, Cogliandro,Silva
Convs: L. Duque 2

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Canada 35
Tries: Paris 2, Evans, Moonlight, White
Convs: Hirayama 5

Chile 7
Tries: Rioja
Cons: Rioja


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Argentina 40
Tries: Merello, Cuneo, Ortega Desio, Palma, Olivari, Bruzzone
Convs: Gutierrez 4, Moyano Joya

Guyana 0

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Uruguay 22
Tries: Berches, Ormachea, Favaro, Albanell
Convs: Ormachea

Mexico 0

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USA 21
Tries: Pulu, Niua, Bokhoven
Convs: Niua

Canada 29
Tries: Duke 2, Hearn, Mack, Dala
Convs: Hirayama 2

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Brazil 14
Tries: Lopes, Dawalibi
Convs: L. Duque 2

Chile 7
Tries: Cornejo
Convs: Omegna

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Argentina 26
Tries: Bruzzone, Montero, Gutierrez, Ascarate
Convs: Gutierrez 3

Uruguay 10
Tries: Arocena, Ormachea

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Guyana 12
Tries: McKenzie, Butts
Convs: Gonsalzes

Mexico 5
Tries: Andrade

Knockout
Arg 21
Tries: Montero, Gutierrez, Olivari
Convs: Gutierrez 3


Chile 5
Hurtado


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Brazil 0


Uruguay 7
Tries Albanell
Convs Ormachea


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USA 24
Tries: Niua, Unufe, Mauer, Scully
Convs Niua 2


Guyana 12
Tries Gonsalves, McKenzie
Convs Gonsalves


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Canada 45
Tries Dala 2, Duke 2, Hirayama, Hearn, Ardron
Convs Hirayama 5


Mexico 0


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Chile 19
Tries Brangier, Omegna, J Metuaze
Convs Omegna




Brazil 14
Tries Lopes, Silva
Convs L Duque




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Guyana 7
Tries Mayers
Convs Gonsalvez


Mexico 14
Tries Chavez, Andrade
Convs Andrade 2


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Argentina 17
Tries Bruzzone, Merello, Ortega Desio
Convs Gutierrez


Uruguay 5
Tries Favaro


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Canada 21
Tries Duke, Mack, Hearn
Convs Hirayama 3


USA 19
Tries Scully, Unufe, R. Suniula
Convs Niua 2


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Brazil 26
Tries Pinto, M. Duque, Cogliandro, Da Ros
Convs L. Duque


Guyana 7
Tries Adams
Convs Gonsalves


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Chile 22
Tries Brangier, Silva, Omegna 2
Convs Omegna 1


Mexico 0


__


USA 21
Tries Test, Pulu, Unufe
Convs Niua 3


Uruguay 17
Tries Ormachea 2, Favaro
Convs Berchesi


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Canada 26
Tries Moonlight 2, Trainor 2
Convs Hirayama 3


Argentina 24
Tries Ascarate, Cuneo, Luccheti, Moyano Joya
Convs Gutierrez 2


 
Written by Alex Goff    Saturday, 29 October 2011 13:36    PDF Print Write e-mail
Sloppy USA Ties with Brazil
Sevens - USA Sevens Men

Brazil scored on the final play of the game in Pan-Am Games pool play and hit the conversion to secure a 19-19 tie with the USA.

It was a game where Brazil showcased excellent athleticism, and did well to neutralize the USA's defensive strategy.

Brazil did well to control their own ball in the tackle. Alex Goff photo.The Eagles wanted to tackle high, tie up the ball, and force a turnover. It didn't work. The Brazilians worked very hard to push those mauls to the ground and retain possession, and thus for the second game in a row the Eagles were on the short end of the possession stick.

Brazil scored a brilliant team try to begin the game, with Fernando Henrique Portugal bursting onto a pass, linking with his support and taking the return pass to score and give his team a 7-0 lead.

The Americans came right back, though. A penalty from the restart resulted in a quick tap by Colin Hawley. The hooker weaved his way ahead about 35 meters before realizing he was surrounded by yellow jerseys. Hawley sent a long pass infield and quick hands from Folau Niua and Mile Pulu put Maka Unufe in at the corner. 7-5 Brazil led.

But Brazil scored a soft try after that. Blaine Scully had made a try-saving tackle in the corner. The Eagles won the lineout and and ran out of their in-goal. That, in itself, wasn't a bad idea, but Pulu's pass was tough to handle and resulted in a dropped ball and, eventually, a try for Brazil. 12-5.

That was how the half ended.

The second half started with Blaine Scully being taken out in the air by a Brazilian player. There was no call from Argentinean referee Federico Anselmi, and the half was marked by the USA getting no favors from the whistle. Still, the Eagles had a scrum, and from there Pulu dummied to Unufe and took it himself for 60 meters and the game-tying try.

Brazil attacked down the left sideline, but good cover defense put the ball in touch. The USA took a quick lineout and Unufe was off again for his third of the tournament and a 19-12 lead.

The USA had the lead with time winding down, but Brazil kept working. They kept it tight and certainly got the benefit of the doubt in the rucks. It was enough, as the USA's high tackles weren't doing the job, and Brazil scored at the death.

"Very disappointing," said captain Shalom Suniula. "We didn't stick to our game plan. At first we wanted to hold them up and take advantage of our bigger stronger guys. Obviously it's not working so we have to go back to just getting them to ground and fanning out."

Suniula agreed that his team hasn't had much ball. When they get it, they seem to score, but they aren't getting those turnovers or penalties that can lead to big scorelines. Canada, meanwhile, have been torching the same opponents.

"When we do have ball we look good, but we've got to stirng [possession] together," he said. "Turnovers are our biggest enemy right now, and now having possession of the ball is going to kill us."

USA 19
Tries: Unufe 2, Pulu
Convs: Niua 2

Brazil 19
Tries: 3
Convs: 2




 
Written by Alex Goff    Saturday, 29 October 2011 11:31    PDF Print Write e-mail
Rusty USA Gets By Chile
Sevens - USA Sevens Men

The USA men's 7s team won their opening match in the Pan-Am Games, and while it was clear the Eagles were the better side than Chile, it was also clear they have a little work to do to get into mid-season form.

Chile caused problems in the breakdown. Alex Goff photo
The Eagles go over the first half during the break. Alex Goff photo
Rocco Mauer on his way. Alex Goff photo

Chile was very physical and repeatedly caused the USA problems in the breakdown. They ran one-offs from the rucks and counter-rucked effectively, leaving the Eagles without the ball for the better part of two minutes. When they went wide, though, they knocked on, and even though the USA had a scrum deep in their half, it seemed a prime attacking opportunity. Hands out to rookie Maka Unufe, and the United U19 star made a move and raced 60 meters for a try and a 7-0 USA lead.

The Eagles still struggled to get the ball, and when they did they were too slow to the breakdown, giving up a few holding on penalties. The score remained 7-0 at halftime.

In the second half, more of the same, but the Americans looked very comfortable on defense and didn't give Chile much. Finally they forced a scrum deep in their half, and this time it was hands out to sub wing Rocco Mauer, who did the same as Unufe, and showed his speed to score from long range.

That made it 14-0, and the Eagles could have made it 21-0 after a long counter by Zack Test. He had support and it seemed inevitable that the Americans would score their third. But Shalom Suniula was hauled down just before the line, no one was there to ruck over him, and after Suniula flung the ball back in desperation, Nu'u Punimata slipped on the new turf, allowed Chile to steal the ball and go 95 meters for a try at the whistle.

Chile looked very effective in tight, and at one point tried a six-man maul from a lineout. But the American defense held, and the Eagle demonstrated that if they get men to the breakdown first, and feed their backs in space, they can score.

It's worth noting that all the USA's scorers were playing in their first game for the USA 7s team.

USA 14
Tries: Unufe, Mauer
Convs: Niua 2

Chile 7
Tries: Ianiszeswcki
Convs: Herrera


USA Lineup:
Mark Bokhoven, Zack Test, Blaine Scully (Hawley at 12 mins), Shalom Suniula (c), Folau Niua, Mile Pulu (Nu'u Punimata at 13 mins), Maka Unufe (Rocco Mauerat 9 mins)

 


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