In a rematch of the final pool play match of the Youth Olympic Games Division of the 2018 Las Vegas Invitational, Canada repeated its triumph over the USA beating the U-18 squad, 14-10. The Canadians came back from a three-point halftime deficit to shut the Americans to the last frame. With the victory, Canada has won the right to qualify for the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires and has to wait for... Read More
You could probably script a better start to the USA Sevens for the home team, but why would you? The Eagles went 2-0, avenging recent losses to tough opponents, and they’re onto the quarterfinals for the fourth-straight year. Neither Samoa nor Australia made the Eagles sweat in the second half, allowing the Americans to empty the bench and for debutant Cody Melphy to touch the field.
“We’ve been... Read More
In a match deciding the top seed of Pool C, USA outclassed Australia, 28-7. The Aussies didn’t pass the midfield stripe until late in the first half and by the end of the period, the Eagles were up 21-0. The USA would add another try in the second half before emptying its bench by the end of the game. The match was highlighted by Martin Iosefo’s Sportscenter moment hurdling then juking out... Read More
Day Two of the Youth Olympic division at the 2018 Las Vegas Invitational ended the same way for both the USA men’s and women’s sides. Both squads started with tests versus Canada and each team lost by a try. As the second seeds in the semifinals, the men and women dispatched their opponents setting up finals rematch in Sam Boyd Stadium on Saturday morning.
“It’s always tough when you are facing... Read More
Team USA went on a 21-point run to get clear of Samoa en route to a 26-12 win in the pool opener Friday at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. Three cards to Samoa helped in the matter.
The win gives the Eagles some cushion in the group, with Australia coming up later Friday and Spain on Saturday. The Americans likely just need to bag one win from those two to punch their ticket to the quarterfinals.... Read More
The USA Falcons’ first day at the 2018 Las Vegas Invitational began with disappointment but ended with a vast improvement. In the first of five matches this weekend, USA fell 29-10 to Australia Friday morning. In the afternoon at Sam Boyd Stadium, the Falcons attacked the Pearls with a lot more forward movement and pushed the pace to win 26-12.
“In the first game we played, we kept losing... Read More
Two undefeated teams remain in the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship Qualifier Division – Kutztown and Lindenwood-Belleville. The Golden Bears and Lynx will meet in the final Saturday at 3:21 p.m. inside Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. If the Lynx win, they’ll punch their ticket to the CRC in June. Kutztown’s just playing for pride, as the Golden Bears already have an at-large bid in hand... Read More
USA Sevens has moved to a new broadcaster for 2018 – ESPN. The three-day event will be shown live and in tape delay on two of the media giant’s networks. Each day, two hours of live coverage will air on ESPNews and then re-air later on ESPN2. The tournament will also be available live online on ESPN3 for those with access to ESPN via a participating cable subscription.
Live on ESPNews 6:30... Read More
The turf at Sam Boyd Stadium has been kind to the home team recently, with the Eagles reaching the semifinals each of the last three USA Sevens. They’ve gradually inched closer to a berth in the championship match, losing to New Zealand by two tries in 2015, then Fiji by seven in 2016 and South Africa by three last year. Both Fiji in ’16 and South Africa in ’17 went on to win the whole enchilada... Read More
As is the case every year, 24 college teams have converged on Las Vegas this week to decide one of only two open qualification spots for the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship, June 2-4 at Talen Energy Stadium in suburban Philadelphia.
After pool play, eight teams remain in the hunt. All six pools saw their winners go undefeated. They, along with the two best second-place teams have... Read More