Written by Alex Goff    Saturday, 16 June 2012 20:34    PDF Print Write e-mail
U20s NCASC Champs
Colleges - All-Stars

Led by 21 points from Meya Bizer the USA U20s crushed the West Collegiate All-Stars 56-0 in the final of the Women's Collegiate All-Star Championships. Seven different players scored eight tries for the Junior All Americans.

The Midwest defeated the Pacific Coast 36-7 to take third, with Melissa Krug scoring 13 points with a try and four conversions. 

Women NCASC 3rd/4th

Midwest 36
Tries: McCarthy, Krug, Zweber, Hovde, Colbert
Convs: Krug 4
Pens: Houston

Pacific Coast 7
Tries: Penalty Try
Convs: Sever

USA U20s 56
Tries: Bernheim 2, Johnson, Myles, Kosko, Svatos, Bizer, Karl
Convs: Bizer 5
Pens: Bizer 2

Written by Alex Goff    Saturday, 16 June 2012 14:38    PDF Print Write e-mail
Two by Clark Sees South Through
Colleges - All-Stars

Photos by Pihllipa Snyman
Rhiannon Clark was the South's big scorer. Phillipa Snyman photo

A 68th-minute try by wing Rhiannon Clark pulled the South Women College All-Stars ahead 10-7 in the 5th/6th playoff of the Women's National Collegiate All-Star Championships Friday in Glendale, Colo.

The South was matched up with the Mid-Atlantic after MARFU lost to the Pacific Coast in the Tier 2 semi Thursday. The South lost by a larger margin in their Tier 1 semi than did the Midwest, putting them in this game. The Northeast and Southern California did not attend.

Clark opened the scoring for the South with a try in the 16th minute. The Panthers held the 5-0 lead into the second half, which was a long time as the game was suspended during halftime because of lightning.

Twelve minutes into the second half MARFU tied the game when center and former Fairfax Police Youth rugby star Emily Fullbrook touched down. Flyhalf Elena Cantorna hit the key conversion to put the Sharks up 7-5.

But it wasn't enough, as the dangerous Clark, who plays her college rugby for Elon University, scored to give the South the win.

South 10
Tries: Clark 2

Mid-Atlantic 7
Tries: Fullbrook
Convs: Cantorna

Written by Doug Crosse    Saturday, 16 June 2012 00:14    PDF Print Write e-mail
Coach Disappointed with Canadian Loss
Canada - Men

Canadian Coach Kieran Crowley was disappointed by his team's 25-16 loss to Italy in a game that was only 19-16 loss.

"Pretty disappointed really from our perspective," said the coach, who is entering his fourth year at the helm of the Canadian team. "We played into their hands in the second half and we did in the first half too.  We didn't execute what we went out there to do. I think we played to their strengths a little bit by getting in a few (fights) around the side and getting in that physical battle with them. I take my hat off to them. Their scrum is very good [and] their contact was very effective and that was the ball game really."

“From our point of view it was a good win,” added Italy head coach Jacque Brunel. “Canada is a tough team and they showed the strong spirit they had at the World Cup and against the U.S.A. last week. We knew it would be a difficult game, so we are happy with the result.”

In the second half Canada began to miss the heft of prop Hubert Buydens who went down with injury fifteen minutes into the first half. A long rolling maul from the Italians. led to a try that put Italy ahead to stay.

Crowley was happy enough with the overall defensive structure of the Canadian team, noting the lone Italian try came as a result of a penalty to the corner and a drive from the lineout, not problems with his team's defensive pattern

"You have to say the defense was reasonable but we've got to get more physical in that area as well," said Crowley. "It was an area that structurally wasn't too bad but we have to keep working to get more effective at it."

Replacement scrumhalf Ed Fairhurst, Canada's most capped player with 56 test appearances, said the disruptive nature of the Italian forwards at the break down was an effective tactic by the visitors.

"They slowed down our ball very well and between that and us not being able to play the ball we wanted to play - they did that very well," said the Vancouver resident. "I think our guys did pretty well at counter acting some of that in the second half."

Written by Alex Goff    Saturday, 16 June 2012 14:36    PDF Print Write e-mail
NRU 7s Qualifier Update
Sevens - Club Sevens

Albany has upset Old Blue 21-19 in the semis of the Jo Jo Moore 7s Northeast RFU Qualifier, putting the untested upstate NY side into the final.

There they are slated to play NYAC, which defeated Long Island 29-5.

Written by Doug Crosse    Friday, 15 June 2012 20:32    PDF Print Write e-mail
Italy Defeats Canada
Canada - Men

Italy has beaten Canada 25-16 in front of 12,210 fans at BMO Field in Toronto. It is the first win for the Italians on the current tour - they fell to Argentina last Saturday 37-22, while Canada had defeated the USA 28-25 in Kingston on the same day.

Canadian kicker James Pritchard and his Italian counterpart Kristopher  Burton traded a pair of penalties each before a percentage play high ball for Canada in the 34th minute saw Conor Trainor fly through un-touched from a bobbled Italian possession. The try and Pritchard conversion gave Canada a confidence building 13-6 lead.

Italy hit back for another Burton penalty for a 13-9 half time score.

In the second half Canada began to miss the heft of prop Hubert Buydens who went down with injury in the first half - and this none more evident then when Italy organized a rolling maul that Canada driven across its own line as Italian hooker Tommaso D'Apice  dotted down across the line. Burton converted and Italy were just one ahead 19-13.

Pritchard responded with a long penalty a moment later - and Canada were only 19-16 adrift.

The physicality of the Italians continued to plague Canada in the set piece, though the well-organized red wall of defenders rarely allowed a free pass.

Burton then hit a long penalty from 49 metres to make it a two score game - and despite desperate Canadian pursuit - a trip across the tryline would not appear in the second half.

A dust up late in the game saw no cards, but a penalty to Italy, who kicked it into touch for the final whistle and the victory.

Strangely, for the second week in a row, the timing system stopped at 38 minutes in each half, leaving fans and players alike unsure how much time was left in each half.


Canada 16
Tries: Conor Trainor
Convs: James Pritchard 
Penss: James Pritchard 3

Italy 25
Tries: Tommaso D'Apice
Convs: Kristopher Burton
Pens Kristopher Burton (6)

Attendance 12,210

CANADA (Name, club, hometown)

1 Hubert Buydens – Prairie Wolf Pack (Saskatoon, SK)
2 Mike Pletch - Ontario Blues (Lucan, ON)
3 Jason Marshall - Stade Aurillacois (North Vancouver, BC)
4 Jebb Sinclair - London Irish/Stormers (Charter's Settlement, NB)
5 Tyler Hotson - London Scottish (Vancouver, BC)
6 Tyler Ardron - Ontario Blues (Lakefield, ON)
7 Chauncey O’Toole - The Rock (Belleisle, NB)
8 Aaron Carpenter - Plymouth Albion (Brantford, ON)
9 Sean White - unattached (Victoria, BC)
10 Matt Evans - Cornish Pirates (Duncan, BC)
11 Phil Mackenzie - London Welsh (Oakville, ON)
12 Mike Scholz - Ontario Blues (Oakville, ON)
13 DTH Van der Merwe - Glasgow Warriors (Victoria, BC)
14 Conor Trainor - British Columbia (Vancouver, BC)
15 James Pritchard - Bedford Blues (Parkes, Australia)

16 Andrew Tiedemann (for Pletch @ 58 mins)  - Prairie Wolf Pack (St. Albert, AB)
17 Tom Dolezel ( for Buydens @ 15 mins) - Ontario Blues (London, ON)
18 Jon Phelan (for Hotson @ 77 mins) - The Rock (Montreal, QC)
19 Nanyak Dala (for Adron @ 68 mins) - Prairie Wolf Pack (Saskatoon, SK)
20 Edward Fairhurst (for White @ 58 mins) - British Columbia (Victoria, BC)
21 Liam Underwood - Ontario Blues (Toronto, ON)
22 Ciaran Hearn (for Scholz @ 63 mins) - The Rock (Conception Bay South, NL)

Head Coach: Kieran Crowley
Assistant Coaches: Geraint John, Neil Barnes, Mick Byrne
Strength and Conditioning: Matt Barr
Athletic Therapists: Carla Brash, Carrie Smith
Doctor: Dr. Joe Lemoine
Performance Analyst: Peter Huigenbois
Manager: Gareth Rees
Assistant Manager: Mark Winokur


1 Michele Rizzo
2 Tommaso D’Apice
3 Martin Castrogiovanni
4 Joshua Furno
5 Antonio Pavanello
6 Alessandro Zanni
7 Simone Favaro
8 Robert Barbieri
9 Tito Tebaldi
10 Kristopher Burton
11 Tommaso Benvenuti
12 Alberto Sgarbi
13 Andrea Pratichetti
14 Giovambattista Venditti
15 Alberto Benettin

16 Carlo Festuccia (for D'Apice @ 67 mins)
17 Lorenzo Romano (for Rizzo @ 39 mins)
18 Marco Fuser (for Fuser @ 61 mins - Bergamasco @ 65 mins)
19 Mauro Bergamasco (confirmation needed)
20 Edoardo Gori (for Tebaldi @ 60 mins)
21 Riccardo Bocchino
22 Giulio Toniolatti (for Benettin @ 63 mins)
Coach Jacques Brunel

Referee: David Pearson (England)


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