The USA Domestic Camp is over after a very rigorous week.
The Camp lasted May 4-8, with May 4 being arrival day and May 8 being a half day, but the players went almost non-stop from the 5th through the 7th.
Saturday ended with a live scrimmage, where the players were split up into a mix of new invitees and veterans. The scrimmage was full-contact and very intense – a word used by most players when discussing the camp. It was a game situation, with the coaches stepping in to make adjustments, and present scenarios.
The players got their chance to play, there’s no doubt about that.
Now several of them will stay in Chula Vista to be part of the USA 7s team camp – Todd Clever, Paul Emerick, Tai Enosa, Colin Hawley, Nese Malifa, Mike Palefau, Mile Pulu, Roland Suniula, Zack Test and Shalom Suniula are all now in 7s camp, and quite tired.
But rest or no rest, the transition from 15s to 7s will have to be made quickly for these players.
“It's a bit strange,” said Colin Hawley. “Different instincts around the breakdown and other areas.”
“It's different, but not too much,” added Shalom Suniula. “I just focus on the task at hand, my duties in 15s, and when 7s comes around I’ll do the same. I am not trying to get ahead of myself.”