Highlights of the USA High School All Americans in their 12-6 loss to England North U16s during the Wellington International Rugby Festival.
The HSAA's got two penalty goals from Fitou Fisiiahi, and, as you will see, had myriad chances to score tries.
“The game was outstanding to watch but our boys were devastated they lost the chance to beat England North. The progress the boys have made over the past week has been tremendous,” said High School All-Americans Head Coach, Salty Thompson.
The Detroit Tradesmen Colts returned from Ireland and concluded their first international tour Tuesday. The Tradesmen Colts are made up of players from 9 high school clubs, mostly from the Detroit Metro area, but also including Grand Rapids, Mich., Ft. Wayne, Ind. and Nashville, Tenn.
The Colts met in Chicago for the flight to Dublin on April 3, and, upon arrival, went straight to a training session with Leinster’s Derek Dowling. They played their first fixture against the Skerries at the scenic Malahide Rugby Club outside of Dublin the following day.
As is often the case, the score didn’t support how closely matched the teams were, as the Skerries were able to capitalize off of some overloads from quick restarts and second-phase play to best the visitors in a the twilight match. The Colts dominated the tight play and ground their way to 15 hard-earned points, but gave up some long breaks ultimately fell to the Skerries by two tries and a conversion (27-15).
After taking in some local color, the Colts left Dublin for Nenagh, where they tried their hand at Irish Hurling before heading back to Dublin to play against the Turenure College RFC and take in the Heineken Cup match between Leinster and Cardiff at AVIVA stadium.
Many of the lessons that were learned against the Skerries were implemented in the Turenure match, and the results were closer, but the Tradesmen could not capitalize on their second half rally and again fell short of victory. Play was dominated by the larger American forwards, but disorganization in the second phases proved to be the undoing once again.
The final training session of the tour was conducted outside of Galway by former Connacht player and current Irish U19 coach Nigel Carolan. Nigel’s session focused on handling and much needed defensive alignment strategies, and the Colts hoped to close their tour down with a win the following day against the Westport RFC.
While victory alluded the young tourists, the level of play rose with every match, and the Westport match had the Colts within a single try of winning, but they were held off until full time by a determined Bulls team.
18 players made it across and back, and the tour was considered a success by all. The Detroit Tradesmen Colts plan to make the spring tour an annual event and are beginning preparations for a South American tour in the spring of 2013. Information on the Colts can be found at www.DetroitTradesmen.com, or by contacting Dave Huff (
BYU did the job in the big matchup in College rugby, Old Puget Sound pulled off a surprise, and there’s talk about new eligibility regs for college rugby. Alex, Pat and Bruce talk about it all, and check in with the USA 7s team as well.
The big clash between Rugby Colorado league leaders East HS and Colorado Springs turned out not to be as much of a contest as expected.
Colorado Springs, who had lost an early match with Cherry Creek, who then lost 29-3 to East March 21, ended up defeating previously unbeaten East HS 47-9. Springs, East and Cherry Creek are all locked at the top of the Rugby Colorado HS league with one loss.
For Colorado Springs Head Coach John Paterson, the victory was part of a process to get his athletic but inexperienced forward pack into the game.
“We just need some time for them to pick up their GPS,” said the coach. “The forwards showed that they understand a little bit more about rugby. Our backs have been pretty good, and we needed to get the forwards doing the right thing and believing in themselves.”
Overall a good performance, said Paterson, but, he added, there’s more to come.
“Out of ten I’d say we were a five,” Paterson added. “By the end of the season we’re hoping to get to an eight or 8 ½. I think it was a damned good team performance, and the forwards saw what happens when they get proper and quicker ball to the backs.”
St. Mary's (RUGBYMag #1) takes on #3 BYU in a rematch of the game St. Mary's won Feb 15.Kickoff is at Noon Pacific Time, 1pm Mountain Time, 2pm Central, 3pm Eastern.Full live webstream here. Read more...
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