Coast Champs Fresno are back in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2002,
when they were bounced in their first game of the weekend by the Southside
Irish. Only a handful of players from that season will boot up against
Pasadena Saturday in Chula Vista, Calif., but don‘t expect Fresno to be
deer in the headlights.
“I’m open of those four or five,” said Fresno captain Walt... Read More
USA Rugby’s decision
to bar players who started two or more Super League games from the DI
postseason didn’t please the Chicago Lions (the only team affected) but
didn’t hamstring them, either, as they prepare to take on Mystic River at
Manassas Park, Virg. Saturday in the Sweet 16.
“We’ve always maintained we needed a big player base, because there’s no
good in trying to do two... Read More
v Life is certainly a battle of contrasts. Life University is generally
considered to be a very conservative team, which wins games on tough
interior defense, kicking for territory, and power at set piece.
Golden Gate, for their part, destroy turnover ball, run in open play better
than anyone, and can turn backward ball into forward ball.
Open play and closed play. It’s a... Read More
weekend’s Super League Final will be the last game for Samu Manoa in an
SFGG jersey for some time, perhaps ever.
Manoa has signed a contract with Northampton in England’s Aviva
Premiership, and will begin training with that club in July.
It’s a huge turn of events for Manoa, who is now about to enter the
rarified world of a professional athlete.
“There are certain... Read More
would seem at first glance there are two clear favorites in the West DI
pool that includes Olympic Club, Austin, Dallas and the Sacramento Lions.
Olympic Club and Austin both have histories of being very dangerous in the
DI postseason, and both have had stellar seasons. Sacramento and Dallas
could be considered surprises to be in the Sweet 16. However, both made a
statement in... Read More
Francisco Golden Gate survived a slightly ricky start to eventually
manhandle Old Puget Sound Beach in Saturday's Super League semifinal,
The hosts got out to an early lead, but Head Coach Paul Keeler wasn't
thrilled with his team's execution.
"The thing that made me feel like we might be able to take control
was actually our mistakes," Keeley told RUGBYMag.... Read More
A try by Steve Petzel with three minutes left lifted Life University to a
tense 27-23 victory over Boston in the Rugby Super League semifinals.
The try capped a dramatic game that saw wild swings in momentum in the
playoff match at Life’s field in Marietta, Ga. Life ran out to an early
17-0 lead, only to see it disappear. Boston led 23-22 before Petzel’s try... Read More
Puget Sound Beach received RUGBY Magazine’s award for Club of the Year in
2010 because of their performance in the National Club 7s Championship,
their undefeated fall in British Columbia, and their making the Super
League playoffs for the first time despite losing one of their best players
to injury in their opening match.
That award certainly put some pressure on the club... Read More
Francisco Golden Gate may have already defeated OPSB in the Super League
regular season, but SFGG captain and flanker Danny LaPrevotte knows
overconfidence can give some nasty payback.
“I think that this game this weekend is going to be a pretty competitive
game,” said LaPrevotte, who also remembers that SFGG were training OPSB in
the early stages of their first meeting. “The... Read More
and Life University went at it unblinkingly just over a week ago, with the
result close but emphatic, 36-27 Life.
It was the second meeting of these two teams, and this Saturday will be the
third, this one for the right to play in and host the May 21 Super
Having lost both matches so far, Boston can’t be considered favorites, but
Head Coach Mike... Read More