We’ve thrown a wrench in the rules once again. (In case you were considering legal action for our rules changes, refer to our application. Hold it under a black light and you’ll find in very small lettering that we reserve the right to change the rules as we see fit.)
We decided that if you picked the player who is actually leading their pool in points or tries, you deserve more points than if you picked a guy who’s just beating those others selected. So, if you have the actual leader, you get five bonus points. If you have a leader of the selected, but not the actual leader, you get three bonus points.
Top selected scorers as of 9/19. (* indicates actual leader in that pool and category = 5 pts)
Pool A Tries: *Vincent Clerc (France) 4 Points: Dmitri Yachvili (France) 17
Pool B Tries: *Chris Ashton (England) 2 Points: Chris Paterson (Scotland) 14
Pool C Tries: J. O’Connor, Digby Ioane and Adam Ashley-Cooper (Australia) 1 Points: * James O’Connor (Australia) 17
Pool D Tries: Alesana Tuilagi (Samoa) 3 Points: *Morne Steyne (S. Africa) 28
We have tallied the top 10 as if pool play were over. Keep in mind, with most teams still having three more pool games bonus points could easily disappear from game to game. But the points your teams accrue can only increase as they play.
Top 10 contestants as of 9/19
Written by Alex Goff
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 14:51
The Winona State women not only won their fourth consecutive All Minnesota Tournament title, but they did so without allowing a point-against.
Winona started its campaign to the championship with a 31-0 win over North Dakota State. The team focused on sticking to its patterns, and the discipline paid off as freshman flanker Tori Langhans, Holly Edelburgh, Sheree Haslemore, Hilary Pletta and Lily Wellenstein scored tries. Wellenstein added three conversions.
Unfortunately that was the last competitive match of the day for Winona. UW River Falls forfeited due to numbers, so Winona donated players and finished Saturday with a friendly.
Sunday was a different story, and Winona was treated to a semifinal against league rival Mankato State. Although aggression was high on either side of the ball, Winona was able to control the tempo of the game and come out with a 29-0 victory. Wing Jerianne Blau proved incredibly difficult to contain, and the speedster ran in three tries over the course of the match. Langhans and Pletta got their second tries of the tournament, and Wellenstein slotted another two conversions.
Onto the championship match against St. Ben’s, which had knocked off Gustavus in their semifinal. St. Ben’s was able to force some handling errors and disrupt set pieces early on, but once Winona settled down, the scoring opened up. Blau dotted down at the six-minute mark for the first of her two tries, and was followed by Pletta, wing Amy Gradient, hooker Emilee Burkhalter, outside center Dani Koepf and Ashley Nelson.
“Winona’s quick offense is credit to great rucking and very quick ball from freshman scrumhalf Georgia Porter,” Winona assistant coach Rob Thoresen said of the former Midwest U19 players. “And our third try of the game came from all 15s players, as we set up some great forward phases inside the 22 meter before sending the ball wide.”
Thoresen was pleased with the comprehensive win, especially with Mankato on the horizon this Saturday.
The USA have had to turn around from one World Cup match to another in four days, and Canada will have to do it now.
It’s something that all lower-tier teams have to deal with, but that doesn’t mean they have to like it.
USA Captain Todd Clever certainly made it clear in his body language that he didn’t like it. With his words, he was careful.
“It hasn’t been ideal,” Clever said. “It was about getting the body right from the last game and then preparing for the next game.”
Which is very difficult to do when you have one day for recovery and one day for a light workout and captain’s run, leaving one day, just one day, for a full training session.
Compare that to New Zealand, which has gaps of seven or eight days, or Australia, with gaps of six to eight days.
Would it instead make sense to have all teams play with gaps of five days, except when they have a bye, meaning many teams would also have a ten-game gap. That also is imperfect.
Certainly Rugby World Cup learned the lesson of having long periods of dead air from 1999, but Tier II teams are still frustrated that they, which are perhaps least positioned to handle two tests in five days, have to turn around so quickly.
"It makes me laugh,” said Crowley. “The tier two nations only have four days' turnaround and tier one has seven or eight days.”
But, he added, “it is what it is. We knew that this is what it would be like when the draw came out."
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