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Written by Cody Secker    Monday, 30 January 2012 16:23    PDF Print Write e-mail
EWU, Wazzu Play to Draw
Colleges - Men's DI College

A matchup between two physical teams can only mean one thing, a low scoring contest. And in a showdown of Eastern Washington and Washington State in Pullman, Wash., the game ended in a 10-10 tie.

Neither team showed much of an advantage throughout the game. The mistakes made by the Cougars were capitalized by EWU with tries from Eric Populus and Ricky Lang.

Washington State didn’t have much success throughout the match, but managed a pair of tries from Zach Myers and Jordan Rehwaldt.

Eastern Washington must get up north next weekend in a showdown against Simon Fraser. Washington State will have almost a month of corrections and healing before getting on the road to play UBC.

 
Written by Jackie Finlan    Monday, 30 January 2012 16:11    PDF Print Write e-mail
Davis Forwards Erode OSU Defense
Colleges - Women's College

The Pacific Mountain North Conference initiated its first-ever season with a barn burner of a match. Oregon State traveled to UC Davis for the women’s DI college league opener, and through the first 40 minutes, it looked like the visitors would return home with a victory.

Davis (blue) fought back from a 14-pt deficit to win. (Dobson Images)

The first half was evenly contested, but OSU was able to convert a couple of opportunities into points. The Black Plague absorbed Davis’ sustained attack around the fringes and in the middle of the field, and did well to force a couple of turnovers in the breakdown. One such change of possession saw the ball work wide to Haley Dietz, whose shoulder injury wasn’t as bad as originally forecasted. Hannah Lockwood slotted the conversion and also handled the two-pointer for Caroline Midkiff’s try. From 15 meters out, the inside center made good on one of few forays inside Davis’ 22 meter, fended a handful of tacklers, and dotted down the second try of the half, 14-0.

“We played confidently, tackled well and repelled a constant Davis attack,” OSU coach David Dickson said of the first half. ” At half-time, I thought things just might continue to go our way, but we weren’t so lucky.”

Davis didn’t veer from its punishing, forward-oriented game plan, and the physical toll began to wear down OSU’s tackling resolve and discipline in the breakdowns. As the penalties piled up, Davis was able to keep the majority of possession in OSU’s half, and tie the game up with 10 minutes to go.

From the subsequent kickoff, a handling error returned the ball the Davis, and the California team slowly marched back into OSU territory. With about five minutes to go, another OSU penalty set up a shot at goal 15 meters out, 10 meters right of center. Davis kicker slotted the kick with ease for the 17-14 lead.

It went pretty well! I would've preferred a win, obviously, but all and all, I'm really happy with how we played. We lost a close game, 14-17, but we showed dramatic improvement over previous performances, played with a great deal of spirit and heart, and gained confidence in our opener in this new league.

The following kickoff turned out to be the last of the game, and OSU was given one last shot to put some points on the board. From the kickoff, Davis was awarded a penalty and cleared to touch, but failed to form the subsequent lineout in a timely fashion. The referee then awarded OSU a free kick and the final two minutes of the game evolved on Davis’ try line.

“It was an all out fire drill as the OSU women were playing with a sense of urgency,” Dickson said. “We were pounding on the Davis goal line with all our might - but not all our brains, failing to see an overload out wide - but it just wasn’t meant to be.”

The day ended with another handling error, and Davis held on for the thrilling win.

“We stood on the losing end of a game that was ours to win,” Dickson said. “In fairness, Davis was probably feeling like they should've won by a larger margin, and they would have if not for a few breaks our way. They spent most of the second half, and even long periods of the first half, in our territory but failed to score. We held them up in the try zone a couple times. It was partly our defense, and partly some unlucky breaks for them. After seeing the way their kicker nailed that go-ahead penalty kick, I was left wondering why they didn't go for points more often, we certainly gave them plenty of opportunities.”

The game was very close, but we were able to pull out the win with a penalty kick with about 5 minutes to play (17-14.) “OSU battled right up to the final whistle, and pressed our line right to the end,” UC Davis coach Kai Nevel said. “Both teams played with great heart, and either team rightly deserved the win. For us it was particularly sweet, as we gave up 14 points in the first half and came back by sticking to our game plan, and believing in ourselves. We have a lot of new players in the mix who are filling some very big shoes, and this type of win will give the team a great boost of confidence.”

“We were all upset, understandably, but we walked away with a new sense of confidence in our ability to play as a team,” Dickson said. “We found it for 40 minutes, we just need to find it for another 40 minutes. Ultimately, we really need to focus on reducing the number of handling errors and penalties, and maintaining consistent diligence on defense.”

Both teams will have the opportunity to improve on week one’s performance this weekend as Davis plays Cal, and OSU hosts Stanford.

 
Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Monday, 30 January 2012 09:37    PDF Print Write e-mail
Las Vegas Events Schedule: On, Off Field
Tournaments - USA Sevens Tournament

The action on and off the field in Las Vegas starts as early as Tuesday the 7th and runs through Sunday the 12th.

One can't-miss event is the opening ceremonies on Fremont Street, where all of downtown Las Vegas becomes rugby central. The flags fly, the teams wear dapper suits and atmosphere is unbeatable.The sky lights up with rugby.

Another can't miss is the Official Wrap Party. This is where you're likely to find those international stars you've seen all weekend on the field letting their hair down and having a relaxing drink.

Between those two events, there are plenty of great parties, poker and slot tournaments and events to keep you busy. Viva Rugby, and Viva Las Vegas!

Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
7-9pm Ri Ra Irish Pub at Mandalay Bay Shops -- Autograph signing, Radio Remote, Specials and Giveaways
7-9pm Todd English Pub in Crystals Mall at City Center -- Autograph signing with England and USA, Radio Remote Specials and Giveaways
8am - 5pm Las Vegas Invitational by Station Casinos amateur competition at Star Nursery Fields and Silver Bowl Fields, both located adjacent to Sam Boyd Stadium and Anthem Hills Park

8:30am Scrumble Golf Tournament at Las Vegas National Golf Club

8am-3pm Las Vegas Invitational by Station Casinos amateur competition at Star Nursery Fields and Silver Bowl Fields, both located adjacent to Sam Boyd Stadium and Anthem Hills Park

10:30am Gates Open at Sam Boyd Stadium
8:30am Gates Open at Sam Boyd Stadium


6:30 pm Opening Ceremonies & Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience

3pm Gates Open at Sam Boyd Stadium

4-9:45pm Pool Rounds 1 & 2 in Men's and Women's competition

12-7pm Pool Rounds 3 and Quarterfinals in men's and women's play, Women's Semifinals, LVI matches
9:30am-3pm Semifinals and Finals in men's play, Finals in women's play


8pm Downtown Fremont Street Experience Block-Party with special xBox contest with Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge at Insert Coins and specials at surrounding bars
After Competition Sunset Amphitheater -- International Beer Festival Opening Night Party!

9-11am Loose Play Slot Tournament at Station Casinos

11am Day 2 of Slot Tournament Sunset Station

7-10pm Official Wrap Party at Planet Hollywood -- Open to all Fans


11pm Rugby Party at the PBR Bar @ Planet Hollywood -- Headquarter Bar for USA 7's Rugby(Thurs.-Sun.) -- Food and Drink Specials for Rugby Fans!
Las Vegas Invitational presented by Station Casinos Kick-Off Party at Sunset Station -- Slot Tournament and Poker Tournament at Sunset Station.

9pm Reggae Bast at Sunset Station with Headliner Fiji and 4 supporting acts

9pm Ali Campbell of UB 40 with Paul Soliai Foundation at Planet Hollywood



 
Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Tuesday, 07 February 2012 01:00    PDF Print Write e-mail
Men's DI-AA College Top 25, Jan. 30, 2012
Rankings - Men DI College


(These rankings were originally published Jan. 30 in our premier section. College rankings will first be published on the premier side, then made free at a later date. DI-AA rankings will be produced every week through the regular season.)

There's been some considerable shakeup in our Top 25, as teams in Florida, California and the Pacific Northwest have begun play in the New Year.

Some of the teams in that region have racked up losses but maintained their spot in the Top 25, like UCSB, Stanford and Sacramento State. Those losses have all come either against Cal or DI-A teams, like St. Mary's, Utah and Cal Poly.

Sacramento State had a better score against Cal than Stanford, but the Bears played both teams in the same day, starting their top side in the battle for the Scrum Axe against Stanford.

New to the Top 25 are Florida State, U. San Diego and Oregon State. Both OSU and FSU have been in our rankings this competitive cycle, but the Beavers were dropped due to inactivity in the fall and the Seminoles because of a poor fall showing in the Florida Cup.

However, Oregon State opened NCRC play with a win over Canadian side Simon Fraser, and FSU has started well, too. At the end of the fall, the 'Noles beat LSU and USF, and have opened South Independent play with back-to-back wins over FIU and FAU, respectively.

More impressive than both of those feats, however, may be the Toreros' drubbing of Claremont Colleges Saturday, 50-17. That's a big win, which has propelled USD to No. 13 and knocked Claremont out of the Top 25. The Dragons have a long season ahead of them, and could well play their way back into the mix.

Coming up Saturday is a massive clash in the Pacific Mountain West, as fifth-ranked SDSU takes on third-ranked UCSB.


1 (1) Davenport  7-0 Idle
2 (2) Dartmouth  7-0  Idle
3 (3) UC Santa Barbara  1-3  Won 43-15 over UC Irvine
4 (4) Florida  6-0  Idle
5 (5) San Diego State  1-0  Won 34-5 over Loyola Marymount
6 (6) Northeastern  6-0  Idle
7 (7) Bowling Green  5-1  Idle
8 (9) Miami (OH)  4-2  Idle
9 (10) Wisconsin  6-1  Idle
10 (11) South Carolina  4-0  Idle
11 (14) Indiana  3-4  Idle
12 (15) Minnesota  5-1  Idle
13 (8) Stanford  0-2  Lost 109-0 to Cal
14 (Unr.) U. San Diego 2-0  Won 50-17 over Claremont Colleges
15 (12) Sacramento State  0-2-1 Lost  48-3 to Cal
16 (16) Maryland  2-1  Idle
17 (17) Tennessee  3-2  Idle
18 (18) St. Bonaventure  7-1  Idle 
19 (19) Texas  2-0  Idle
20 (21) Stony Brook  5-1  Idle
21 (22) Virginia Tech  2-1  Idle
22 (23) Arkansas  1-0  Idle
23 (20) Loyola Marymount 1-1  Won 40-18 over USC
24 (Unr.) Oregon State 1-0 Won 12-10 over Simon Fraser
25 (Unr.) Florida State 7-2 Beat FAU, FIU to start league play

Dropped Out:
13 (13) Claremont Colleges  0-1 Lost 50-17 to U. San Diego
24 (24) Kansas  2-1  Idle
25 (25) UCF  4-2  Lost 13-0 to South Florida

 
Written by Cody Secker and Andrew Smith of BCRU    Sunday, 29 January 2012 18:48    PDF Print Write e-mail
BC Roundup
Canada - Men

James Bay, Castaway and Burnaby Lake were all victorious this weekend in British Columbia. Bay, the number one team in the Premier League, kept in first-place tie with Burnaby Lake. Meanwhile, Castaway bested Premier League semifinal foe University of Victoria to keep their season on pace for defending their title.

As expected, James Bay AA took out Abbotsford RFC on Saturday 27-10; however the score didn’t exactly reflect the play on the pitch.

James Bay (3-0) didn’t look like the dominant team they had been the first two games. Moreover, Abbotsford showed a lot of fight against the number one team in the province. New comer Zac Coughlan made his presence know from the back row with his first Premier League try for Bay.

Bay also received the bonus point with tries from Hugo Belanger, Morgan Williams and Adam Drury. Pat Fraser made his debut for James Bay with seven points, kicking two conversions and a penalty.

Tied for first, JBAA goes on the road next week against Capilano RFC. Abby will continue their season against Meraloma RFC at home.

In a rematch of last year’s Premier League semifinal match, defending Rounsefell Cup champions Castaway Wanderers (2-1) proved too tough once again for the Victoria Vikings 28-27 at Windsor Park.

Although a come-from-behind win, Castaway managed to gain a slight edge in points department at the end lead by tries from Hubert Buydens, Andrew Tiedemann, Dylan Jones and Johnny Morris. However, it was the golden leg of flyhalf Matt Buckley that proved to be difference for Castaway with four conversions.

Castaway’s National-team front row dominated, but the Vikings backline showed no fear and kept Victoria much closer than anticipated having accounted for 22 of the teams 27 points.

Castaway will host the UBCOB (Ontario Bay) Ravens next week at home.

Burnaby Lake sent a message to the rest of their Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League opponents Saturday by blanking 2011 Lower Mainland champions Capilano 25-0.

 

Capilano had defeated Burnaby 20-11 in the Miller Cup Final in early December and left the runner-ups eight weeks to dwell on the loss. From the start of today's Premier League clash it was evident Burnaby were hungrier to set the records straight.

Burnaby got tries from Cole Macqueen, Evan Thomas and Adam Martin; while scrumhalf Geoff Ryan had the accuracy going with two conversions and three penalty kicks.

Burnaby Lake (3-0) takes on the University of Victoria Vikings next weekend at the home to try to keep their undefeated season alive.

 

 

 


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