The California Collegiate 7s proved to be all kinds of surprising, as both
favored teams faltered in pool play.
Cal lost to both Cal Poly and San Diego State, capturing only a 38-0 win
over Loyola Marymount to go 1-2.
Cal Poly and San Diego State played in a tight battle, which the Mustangs
won 19-17. That gave Cal Poly 1st in the standings in Pool
In Pool A, St. Mary’s... Read More
The Chicago Blaze pulled off yet another upset in a string of upsets in the
Midwest DI club season.
The Blaze were not expected to beat Metropolis, and as they trailed 32-31
with 20 minutes to go, it looked like they would lose, in a spirited way.
But the Blaze got even more spirited than that, scoring 15 points in the
final 20 minutes. The Blaze backline was outstanding, with... Read More
A few different perspectives from today’s action at the Pan-Am Games.
First, this writer’s: Tlaquepaque is a beautiful rugby stadium. Not flashy,
it has all the back-area infrastructure to support a large rugby
tournament. The seats are comfortable and it can hold possibly 2,000 fans
with additional seating.
This time, about 1,200 fans, mostly Mexican but support all the... Read More
The Quarterfinal matchups for the 2011 Pan-Am Games are set.
Pool A winners Argentina will play Pool B fourth-place Chile, while Pool B
winners Canada get Mexico.
Schedule for Day 2. All times MOUNTAIN Time (Mexico turned their
clocks back Saturday night)
Argentina... Read More
Zack Test played just over half of one game.
Roland Suniula didn't play at all.
Peter Tiberio got three minutes at the end of the third game.
Injuries? Not so, says USA Head Coach Al Caravelli. All of those players
are being rested.
With all eight teams in the quarterfinals, the big task is to not finish
last in your pool, and then play Argentina. That said, the Eagles didn... Read More
Canada defeated the USA 29-21 Saturday in Guadalajara to win Pool B of the
Pan-Am Games Rugby 7s competition, but the USA has plenty to feel positive
about coming out of a game where, considering the previous scores of the
day, they might have expected a bit of a drubbing.
In fact, the Eagles led 14-10 at halftime, and showed better defense... Read More
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... Read More
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.
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... Read More
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 was very physical and repeatedly caused the USA problems in the
breakdown. They ran one-offs from the rucks and counter-rucked... Read More
The USA team is set to start their Pan-Am Games campaign on a sunny and
warm Guadalajara morning.
They will christen Estadio Tlaquepaque, the first purpose-built rugby
stadium in Mexico.
Pan-Am Rugby press liaison Gabriele Nanni said he is excited to see the
stadium in use.
"This will be a tremendous tournament, but also... Read More