Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Sunday, 08 January 2012 02:17    PDF Print Write e-mail
Sac Lions Impressive in Preseason Tourney
Clubs - Men's DI Clubs

Sacramento (black and white) v San Mateo Saturday.The Sacramento Lions hosted a day of rugby, as they, along with San Mateo and the Bay Barbarians played a round-robin preseason series.

Each team played head to head and for the final game San Mateo and Bay Barbarians selected a squad to face the Sacramento Lions. 

On a windy day, where the conditions made kicks and long passes more difficult for everyone, San Mateo and the Lions opened the play.

Sacramento scored three tries in the first half with Edward Matakibau and Mika Dreu among those touching down. Kivalu Toofohe punched in a score in the second half and Viliami Saafi added another to make the final score Sacramento Lions 34, San Mateo 0.

In the second game the Lions played the Bay Barbarians.  This game showed to be much tighter as the Lions were playing their second match of the day. The teams entered the break tied 0-0, but right after halftime Dennis Saafi broke through to score, and with Seremaia Tavai's conversion Sacramento won 7-0.

The Bay Barbarians played San Mateo in the next game. San Mateo came out strong, scoring 12 points in the first half. The Barbarians had several long breaks but couldn't turn them into tries and entered halftime down 12-0. In the second half San Mateo picked up two more tries to win the game 22-0.

In the final game of the day the Barbarians and San Mateo pooled a team to face the Sacramento Lions.  This game proved to be the highlight of the day.  The combined squad put five points up in the first half with the Lions unable to bring the same offense as seen in previous games.

The wind made conversions difficult and required strategic kicking to gain any advantage.  As the second half started the Lions looked a little bit more renewed and their forwards began to turn the game's momentum. With a series of runs up the gut in tight, the Lions pack got their team moving and new additions Garrett Hawley, Joe Schmitt, and Josh Vavao all showed well as the Lions came back to win 14-10.

It was an excellent start for all teams as they prepare for a difficult NorCal DI club season. With their performances, the Lions now look to be the main challengers to the Olympic Club in the DI league. 

The NCRFU Division 1 competitive season will start on February 25.

Written by Press Release    Sunday, 08 January 2012 01:26    PDF Print Write e-mail
Utah Shuts Out UCSB
Colleges - Men's DI College

Report provided by Utah Utes Rugby

Mesquite, NV - The University of Utah Rugby team opened the 2012 season today in Mesquite, Nevada with a 51-0 victory over UC Santa Barbara.  Utah's defense was tough all day not allowing UC Santa Barbara to cross the try line.  The Utes were led on offense by blindside flanker Alex Muehle with three tries on the afternoon.

The game began with tough pressure from both sides of the ball.  Santa Barbara pressured the Utes on offense but were unable to score.  Santa Barbara pressured Utah at the breakdown all afternoon.  Utah was able to kick out of pressure. Alex Muehle scored his first try in open play off of a line out.  Soon after Winston Harris broke the gaucho defense for Utah's second score.  Don Pati then scored on a quick tap to put the Utes up 15 - 0 midway through the first half.

"We knew we need to jump out of the gate early on this team, because they are a well coached team and came out with great intensity.  We knew we needed to match it," said Utah Flyhalf Tonata Lauti.

After some back and forth play the Utah forwards were able to string together some phases before Muehle, a Junior native of Covington, Washington, scored Utah's fourth try.  Not long after that a nice counter attack saw Winston Harris break the line leading to Mote Houma' first try of the year.  After Muehle picked from the back of the scrum leading to his third try of the day, the Utes went in at half time leading 32 - 0.

As the second half started so did the windy conditions causing all sorts of problems for both teams to establish any kind of kicking game.  Utah managed to get an early try from Nick Mostyn to bring the score to 37 - 0.  The score would remain as the teams traded possessions.  That changed when Zach Taylor received a nice pop kick from Winston Harris for the score.  A conversion followed by substitute fly half Danny Christensen putting Utah ahead 44 - 0.  The last try of the game came in the last few seconds when Utah finally used the wind to its advantage by kicking the ball down field and Danny Christensen on a great chase falling on the ball for the score.  With the conversion of his own try in the final seconds Utah won the game 51 - 0.

Utah head coach Blake Burdette was pleased with the effort of his team and the outcome. "It is always great to play UCSB and we are fortunate to catch them at the beginning of the year as you saw with them last year, they get stronger as the season goes on. They are very competitive and are well coached. We have a long way to go but we are beginning to figure out the identity of this year's team."

In the reserve game Utah came out on top 62 - 17 with strong performances from freshman Kaleb Hogan, freshman Connor Airmet, and sophomore Garrett Battaglia.

Utah Rugby's next match will be against Cal Poly January 21st in Mesquite, Nevada.

Utah 51 
Tries: Muehle 3, Harris, Pati, Houma, Mostyn, Taylor, Christensen
Conversions: T. Lauti, Christensen 2 


Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Saturday, 07 January 2012 17:47    PDF Print Write e-mail
U20 Women Looking for Players for Camp
National Teams - Age-Grade Women

The 2012 U20 Women's National Team Camp will be held on March 8th-11th in Atlanta, Ga.

The U20 WNT coaching staff will use the event as the primary selection venue for the 2012 U20 WNT that will compete in a series of international matches this summer including a tour to Scotland and England.

Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Saturday, 07 January 2012 18:06    PDF Print Write e-mail
Big Ticket Demand at USA 7s - Fans Need to Take Action
Tournaments - USA Sevens Tournament

The USA 7s ticket sales are reportedly brisk, with sales well ahead of last year at this time.

But there is also more space this year, as the tournament is over three days. While space is dwindling on Saturday and Sunday, and fans should get moving if they want tickets, there is still room for Friday’s first two pool matches.

The pool matches will begin at 4pm on Friday afternoon and run until after 9pm. On Saturday, Day Two, the final round of pool matches will begin at noon. Just before 3pm the semifinals of the USA Women’s International 7s will be held, followed by the Bowl Quarterfinals and then the Cup Quarterfinals.

Also slated for Saturday will be the final of the CRC Qualifier (the Collegiate 7s tournament at the Las Vegas Invitational) and the final of the Men’s Elite 7s (featuring several national teams and pro teams).

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Games end just after 7pm, giving fans plenty of time to enjoy Las Vegas on Saturday night.

Play starts early on Sunday with the Shield Semifinals at 9:20am.

The Women’s International final just after noon will start the run of final matches, culminating in the Cup Final at a little before 2:30 pm.

Meanwhile, it’s a big weekend for rugby around the world. Not only will 16 international 7s teams be at the USA 7s, but several other national teams will be in the Elite 7s in the LVI. All Tier II nations will be in Las Vegas to discuss the global schedule, while the USA Rugby Board will also be meeting. Also in attendance will be members of the US Olympic Committee, which will be studying how the tournament is run and how the athletes are cared for.

NBC will show a large portion of Saturday’s pool play, and the Bowl, Plate and Cup Final (along with the 3rd/4th game) on Sunday.

NBC Sports Network (previously Versus) will show quarterfinals action on Saturday and semifinals action on Sunday. Universal Sports will show morning games on Sunday.

Last year’s tournament reported a paid attendance of 49,900, with total attendance over 52,000. Tournament Director Dan Lyle said the addition of a third day of competition, along with increased ticket sales for 2012 will c0nfirm the USA 7s by far the most-attended rugby event in American history.

(It’s likely last year’s was the most-attended rugby even in US history, however it’s possible some college games in the early part of the 20th Century, when football was banned, could have approached 50,000.)

“The event is growing at a great rate and our commitment to producing the best sporting and spectator experience is at the core of what we do every day,” said Lyle. “Las Vegas, including our new partnerships with Stations Casino Group and Caesars takes us to another level for the fans.  There will be something for everyone and we are very excited as we look to lead not only to new levels each year in the US, but amongst our series partners and their tournaments.”


Written by Alex Goff    Saturday, 07 January 2012 17:39    PDF Print Write e-mail
LVI Tops 180 Teams - Space Dwindling
Tournaments - LVI

The number of teams at the Las Vegas Invitational presented by Stations Casinos has topped 180 and there are only a few spaces left.

The Collegiate Rugby Championship 7s tournament qualifier is full, as is the Men’s Elite 7s and the Women’s International 7s, as well as the International High School Elite 7s and Women College 7s.

The Men’s Aces 7s (one tier below Elite) has the most space, while the Women’s Elite 7s and Open 7s for Men and Women are filling up, but still have places available.

One space is left in each of the the High School Boys 7s, High School Girls 7s, and Graduate School 7s.

Please go to to see the latest teams…

“We have already exceeded the record number of teams we had last year,” said LVI Tournament Director Jon Hinkin. “For this reason I urge any teams thinking about playing to register right away. There are waiting lists available for all of the full 7s divisions if you are thinking about a division that is already full. Also, the LVI hotels are selling out so hurry and book your rooms! LVI registered teams can still get a ticket discount but only for the next few days.”

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2011 Las Vegas Invitational

Clubs and teams from all over the world and all over the competitive spectrum came to Las Vegas February 2011 to compete in the Las Vegas Invitational. Photos Ian Muir, Dobson Images, Numina Photo, and David Barpal.



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