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Written by Alex Goff    Friday, 10 February 2012 17:21    PDF Print Write e-mail
Flashes of Brilliance for HSAA 7s
School Age - Boys


The High School All Americans are still learning a little about 7s rugby, but they showed some excellent play at times during the High School International 7s at the Las Vegas Invitational Friday.

Aiava going in to score. David Barpal photo.
The HSAA's II team made progress. David Barpal photo.

Led by the electric running of Hawaiian player Nu'u Aiava, the HSAA team turned a few days of 7s practice into some impressive victories. They handled a seasoned Dog River Howlers, and then exploded against Utah.

Aiava was central to the team's efforts, with his excellent sidestepping ability, but it was also a team effort. The HSAA was able to move the ball swiftly and unselfishly, and that was key for them.

Meanwhile the HSAA 2nds rebounded from a loss to the Washington state all-stars with a comeback win over Ontario. Down 17-5, the HSAA 2nds stormed back to beat a more experienced Ontario squad. A brilliant cover tackle from Stratton Brown stopped Ontario from scoring what could have been a back-breaker. Ontario still had a scrum five meters out, but a dropped ball bounced true for Brown, who streaked 90 meters for the try.

"When you feel the momentum turning you get that confidence," said HSAA 2nds captain Tupou Aagard. "We started playing more aggressively and more as a team."

The Americans scored twice more, showcasing some impressive pace, to win.

But more important than that, the very young HSAA program showed improvement, and showed they can learn.

Head Coach Salty Thompson left home his oldest players, on agreement with the British Columbia team.

BC, for their part, looked outstanding. They play a very polished game and showed that with interest against a good Washington team, taking their cross-border rivals apart.



Boys High School International Scores
Pool A 
HS All Americans 29-10 Dog River Howlers
British Columbia 2 15-7 Utah
British Columbia 2 27-0 Dog River
HS All Americans 38-0 Utah

Pool B 
British Columbia 17-10 Ontario
Washington 28-17 HS All Americans 2
British Columbia 33-0 Washington
HS All Americans 22-17 Ontario

 
Written by Pat Clifton    Friday, 10 February 2012 17:41    PDF Print Write e-mail
Video: Boyd After Beating Spain
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Justin Boyd talks about Tiger Rugby's 21-14 defeat of Spain in the quarterfinals of the Men's Elite competition. Tiger Rugby has a roster chocked full of former Eagles and USA hopefuls, many of whom who have played just a couple of hundred yards away inside Sam Boyd Stadium. Boyd is one of those, and he discussed how gratifying the win over the defending European 7s champions was, especially considering his not being selected. 




 
Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Friday, 10 February 2012 14:12    PDF Print Write e-mail
Women's Internat'l Pool Standings
Scores-Standings-Stats - Past Seasons

USA Sevens Women's International 7s Invitational Standings

Team W L T Pf Pa Pd Pts
Canada 3 0 0 80 7 73 9
USA 3 0 0 62 24 38 9
France 2 1 0 45 24 21 7
Netherlands 2 1 0 48 33 15 7
Stars & Stripes 1 2 0 48 43 5 5
Maple Leafs 1 2 0 34 40 -6 5
Japan 0 3 0 5 58 -53 3
Brazil 0 3 0 5 98 -93 3


 
Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Friday, 10 February 2012 14:14    PDF Print Write e-mail
Women's Internat'l Pool Scores
Tournaments - LVI

Women's Int'l Pool Scores
Netherlands 12-5 Stars & Stripes
Canada 26-0 Brazil
France 14-5 Maple Leafs
USA 17-5 France

Netherlands 36-0 Brazil
Canada 26-7 Stars & Stripes
France 19-0 Japan
USA 26-7 Maple Leafs

Stars & Stripes 36-5 Brazil
Canada 28-0 Netherlands
Maple Leafs 22-0 Japan
USA 19-12 France

 
Written by Jackie Finlan    Friday, 10 February 2012 13:47    PDF Print Write e-mail
Canadian Teams Split Openers
Sevens - USA Sevens Women

All eyes focused on Canada during the opening round of the Women’s International 7s Invitational, and they didn’t disappoint with a 26-0 win over Brazil. Although it was no surprise that the world’s most successful team in 2011 won their opener, it was not an ideal way to begin the day.

Canada's Mandy Marchak halts a Brazilian ballcarrier. (Dobson Images)

“We got to the field late and rushed through our warmup,” Canada’s Ashley Patzer said. “We got onto the field and just had to snap into it. That said, we came together well, worked our new defensive system and trusted each other. Our offense ran hard and it played out in our favor.”

Canada’s squad is very familiar with each other as staples like Patzer, captain Kelly Russell, Mandy Marchak, Barbara Mervin and Jen Kish, among others, populated the roster. Canada welcomed some younger players in Bianca Farella and Arielle Dubissette-Borrice, who came on at center and wing in the second half prevented any Brazilian tries.

“Mandy [Marchak] always has a phenomenal game,” Patzer recalled players who stood out against Brazil. “ Kelly Russell stole a lot of ball and created turnovers and attacking opportunities for us.”

Moving forward and considering the tournament as a whole, Patzer insisted that defense was the focus of Canada time in Las Vegas.

“We’ll bend but we won’t break,” Patzer said. “That’s been our motto for the tournament.”

Following Canada’s win, the Maple Leafs took the field against France for the teams’ opener. The opening minutes were pretty even until a dangerous tackle and red card put the Maple Leafs down one player for the remainder of the game.

“It was a huge factor,” Maple Leaf coach Sandro Fiorino said after the 14-5 loss. “That’s a lot of field to cover against a pretty talented French team that moves the ball sideline to sideline. It’s very challenging cardiovascular wise. We did our best, but they found the holes in our defense and took advantage of them.”

France missed a couple of opportunities to run up the score, as the exchanges weren’t as smooth as they could be. One such error led to the Maple Leafs’ lone try of the game, when an errant switch led to a kick ahead into the try zone. A foot race to the corner ensued, and Canada dotted down for the try.

“Unfortunately we had some momentum later in the game, but France took advantage of our mental lapses,” Fiorino added.

The Maple Leafs are poised to play the USA in the upcoming round.

“We’ve played against the USA a lot,” Fiorino said. “They know our strengths, but we’re going to stick to our game plan. The USA looked good in that game [against Japan]. They have a lot of skilled players with good speed. We’ll need to work really hard on defense and create some turnovers.”

 


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