Imperfect, the USA is into the semifinals of the Pan-Am Games where they
will play Canada.
Eagles defeated Guyana 24-12, but Guyana benefitted from a little bit of
luck to make it that close. Still the USA made some frustrating mistakes –
committing penalties when they didn’t need to, and not punishing some
The USA wanted to retain the kickoffs in this... Read More
The fact that, on form, they look on track for Bronze is neither here nor
there. They can win it.
Offensively, the Eagles are superb. It's not that they have scored the most
tries - they are, in fact, fourth in that category coming out of Pool Play.
It's their strike rate, and the distance from whence they score. The
Americans scored... Read More
Winning isn’t everything – or, more to the point, winning can be measured
in different ways.
The Mexico national 7s team lost all three pool play matches Saturday at
the Pan-Am Games, but there was still plenty to mile about.
was the crowd at Tlaquepaque Stadium, cheering lustily for Mexico all day,
wearing Mexico shirts (and Serpientes hair adornments) and waiting to... Read More
Buiffalo got a hard-to-come-by road win in the Midwest-East DI Club league
Saturday, defeating Columbus 48-17.
The victory guaranteed Buffalo at least second in their league, meaning
they can now play off for as high as the #2 seed from the Midwest, which
would get them a home crossover match with the South.
Only five of the 19 Midwest-East league games so far have gone to an... Read More
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