Written by Pat Clifton    Tuesday, 18 October 2011 08:32    PDF Print Write e-mail
Gaels Win Warmup 7s Tourney
Sevens - Collegiate Sevens

Cal poly hosted a 7s tournament Saturday, in which several teams prepping for one of two national qualifiers competed. St. Mary’s, who is set to host California 7s, a qualifier Oct. 29-30 in Moraga, Calif., downed the host Mustangs 29-28 in the final.

The Gaels went 4-0 on the day, beating UCLA, who will compete at Pacific 7s (Pac-12) Oct. 22 in Palo Alto, Calif., in one semifinal. “They were equally as tough as Cal Poly,” said St. Mary’s 7s coach Mark Bass of the Bruins. “UCLA and Cal Poly seemed to be very well organized. They’d obviously been training for 7s.”

The Mustangs advanced to the final with a semifinal win over UC-Santa Barbara. The 12-team field was split into four pools of three, with the winner of each advancing to the semifinals.

The Gaels were in control most of the 20-minute final, but some missed conversions and a late surge by Cal Poly made the game interesting.

“It was a great match, a lot of scoring, great efforts on both sides,” said Cal Poly 7s coach Andy Doukas. “St. Mary’s had a lot of speed and a little bit less size. Cal Poly brought in a bigger sized squad, used some physical ability and it was a very close match. St. Mary’s led for most of the game, but Cal Poly came back and scored some tries there.”

The Gaels managed just two conversions on five tries, leaving them with 29 points, while Cal Poly converted all four of theirs, the last of which came too late.

7s All American Bubba Jones shined for St. Mary’s on the day, as expected, but so did a pair of Bellingham, Wash. natives, including on you wouldn’t expect. Scrumhalf Chad Clark is a long-known commodity, and his game translates well to the 7s field.

“He is made for 7s because of his ability to scan the field and run hard diagonally and create openings,” said Bass. “He was setting up players left and right.”

The other Washingtonian who stood out? Nick Wallace, who props and locks for the 15s side.

“He’s a very talented runner and ball carrier…He is very mobile, very good with the ball in hand – just the ability to keep the ball in two hands and not tuck it and run it like a lot of guys,” added Bass. “It’s all about creating and executing. He kept this one guy at bay for about 30 yards – just kept showing it like he was going to pass it.”

Bass was also complimentary of Cal Poly wing Dominic Ferri, who showcased rare speed.

Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Tuesday, 18 October 2011 01:58    PDF Print Write e-mail
Goff Brings Rugby to the Masses
Off The Field - RUGBYMag Reader News Editor-in-Chief Alex Goff checked in with the hosts of's Hang Up and Listen podcast to talk Rugby World Cup, Red Cards, the Eagles, and Sevens.

Click here to listen to the show.

Written by Alex Goff    Monday, 17 October 2011 20:26    PDF Print Write e-mail
UW Huskies Win NCRC 7s Plate
Sevens - Collegiate Sevens

It was a matchup of two teams that took two different roads to get to the Plate Final of the Northwest Collegiate Rugby Championships. The University of Idaho was taking a winning record and momentum into the game, while the University of Washington was just the opposite. This time, however, the Huskies prevailed in convincing fashion 33-12.

The Huskies were happy to take home some hardware. Cody Secker photo“Our team started slow, but neither myself nor our players lost confidence,” University of Washington coach Jeremy Nash said.

And rightfully so, because as the tournament went on, this young Husky squad seemed to show what they were really made of by getting faster and stronger.

Their confidence started against the WSU Cougars and from then on, a lot of things started clicking. Against the Idaho Vandals, the Huskies saved their best for last.

UW speedster Justin Santos started maintained and ended his team’s scoring and momentum throughout the match. From hitting gaps and getting to the outside edge on numerous occasions; he, Daniel Auerbach and Daragh Fitzpatrick provided all the scoring needed to secure a successful start to the Huskies 7’s season.

“We started to show our speed and physicality as the tournament went on and all our players that took the pitch played great,” Nash said. “Going forward this team can start turning a lot of heads. We will are going to see how well we do in the Pac-12 tournament and try to qualify for a national tournament. Now though we are using this tournament as a stepping stone and go from there.”

For the Vandals, it seemed to be just a matter of execution on both sides of the ball. Offensively, they got scores from Kenny Koopman and Lachlan Reed. However, defensively the Vandals just seemed to let too many gaps open up and teams magnified that mistake.

Written by Alex Goff    Monday, 17 October 2011 20:31    PDF Print Write e-mail
RWC Contest Standings
International - Rugby World Cup

Voldemort vaulted to the front of the class in the's Rugby World Cup.

He (or she) did this by getting the closest pick in the France v Wales semifinal, a game most contestants had picked for Wales. And Voldemort was also right on New Zealand.

Closest with the NZ v. Aus semi was scrumtrixie, but a rough quarterfinal round kept scrumtrixie tied for 3rd.

Our top 16:

Voldemort     34
jsmarsh          32
Chocolate Thunder 26
scrumtrixie    26
RURUGBY     24
bcrugby       24
Clifton          20
Kogalo          16
Bruce McLane 16
Josh Macy        16
HeavnerG          16
NolaDirt             12
Rex                    12
mcfaddeninsurance 12
Hinkin                  12
Linda                  12

Everyone's still in it! Points get bigger for the final.

Go here to enter for the 3rd/4th match and the final!

Written by Cody Secker    Monday, 17 October 2011 20:22    PDF Print Write e-mail
WSU Seeing Improvement
Sevens - Collegiate Sevens

WSU (in red) battling against UW. Cody Secker photoFor a relatively young program, the Washington State University Cougars made a good showing on Sunday at the Northwest Collegiate Rugby Championships in Seattle. And though they only took seventh place with a 12-5 win over Oregon, success can definitely be in this team’s near future

It was a tough road for the Cougars, having played (UW) Huskies twice and Central; and equally so for the Ducks, who had to fight Oregon State, Idaho and Eastern.

“We have some young talent messed with some experienced players and that always helps,” WSU assistant Matt Hudson said. “I’m proud of the way these guys are playing and the improvement they have shown in such a short time.”

From start to finish the Cougars looked sharp, but knew the Ducks had some versatile weapons to break loose at any moment. Within a few minutes of the opening kickoff WSU’s Ben Bellmont muscled his way through two defenders and reached with every inch of his arm over the end line for the first score.

And after a few minutes of great defense, rucking, passing and pursuit by both teams the Cougars’ Lars Swenson went for a kick past a Duck player. Soon as the ball went flying uncontrollably through the air, it managed to find the Oregon player’s chest; bounced off and right back to Swenson for a long score and a 12-0 lead for the Cougars.

Towards the end of the match, Oregon’s Spencer Ams took the ball some 60 meters down the right sideline and juked a defender en route to the Duck’s only score of the game.

When the final whistle sounded, players from both teams walked off the field battered and bruised, but with their heads held high and a long road trip back to school.

“There was a coaching error on my part in our previous game, so I went back to what worked,” WSU coach Nolan Allen said. “Offensively, I stressed support going into contact and on the breakaways; defensively we continued with attacking the runner when they got into our individual zones. We did well on both sides and came away with a victory.”


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