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Written by Alex Goff    Saturday, 22 June 2013 00:28    PDF Print Write e-mail
All Americans Win Final Match
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The Collegiate All Americans defeated New Zealand Universities in the final match of the Americans' tour, winning 34-11.

The All Americans finish 1-2, with two close losses and one emphatic victory at the end.

Before the game, All Americans captain Ryan Roundy said: "We have identified areas of the game we must dominate Saturday in order to finish the tour with a great win against the New Zealand Universities and we'll do everything that we can to do so. It will take a great team effort, but the guys are looking forward to the opportunity to end well and finish on a high note.”

New Zealand Universities
1. Morgan Poi, Old Boys University
2. Ben Murtha, Napier Pirates
3. Zek Sopaga, Old Boys University
4. Regan Hunt, Old Boys University
5. Marcel Renata, Auckland University
6. Tom Hughes, Massey University
7. Alex Wilson, Napier Pirates
8. Josh Dickson, Otago University
9. Aaron McPhee, Napier Pirates
10. Jes Verstegen, North Harbour Marist (Massey)
11. Andrew Jones, Canterbury University
12. Joel Duffy, Lincoln University – Captain
13. George Vance, Otago University
14. Jonathan Ruru, Napier Pirates
15. Clayton Stewart, Massey University

Reserves: 16. Jake Holmes, Waikato University; 17. Rob Sullivan, Canterbury University; 18. Sam McCahon, Waikato University; 19. James Raea, Auckland University; 20. Tim Smith, Old Boys University; 21. Jonte Lexmond, Otago University; 22. Broc Hooper, Lincoln University

All Americans
1. Paris Hollis, Life University
2. Michael Shepherd, Utah
3. Angus MacLellan, Davenport
4. Michael Lawrenson, Kutztown
5. John Cullen, Utah
6. Danny Barrett, Cal
7. Kyle Sumsion, BYU
8. Ryan Roundy (capt.), BYU
9. Jake McFadden, Life
10. Pat Sullivan, Arkansas State
11. Jake Anderson, Cal
12. Michael Haley, St. Mary’s
13. JP Eloff, Davenport
14. Madison Hughes, Dartmouth
15. Joe Cowley, Life

Reserves:
16. Glen Maricelli, Life
17. Eric Parson, Cal Poly
18. Shaun Potgeiter, Arkansas State
19. Jordan Badia-Bellinger, Claremont Colleges
20. Randy Pati, Utah
21. Stephen Tomasin, San Diego State
22. Josh Tucker, Cal

 
Written by Alex Goff    Friday, 21 June 2013 19:21    PDF Print Write e-mail
All Americans Ready for Third Match
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The Collegiate All Americans have named their squad to face New Zealand Universities in this, the final match of their three-game tour of New Zealand.

The All Americans in pre-match training earlier in the tour. Joan Shepherd photo.Having lost to New Zealand Universities 17-10 and Wairarapa-Bush 30-23, the American collegiate are looking to finish off with a victory.

New Zealand observers were impressed with the All American comeback against Wairarapa-Bush, especially with the play of green but physically imposing lock John Cullen, and BYU flanker Kyle Sumsion.

Meanwhile New Zealand Universities Coach Ian Tulloch is not expecting Saturday’s match to be a walkover.

"The All Americans showed they liked to move the ball around and have some nimble backs with good pace, however we have a good mix of experience and youth who are more than capable of beating anyone on their day,” Tulloch told Allblacks.com. “The previous encounters between both sides have always provided free-flowing, entertaining rugby so we hope to see a good crowd come down for the match."

The New Zealand University squad is:
1. Morgan Poi, Old Boys University
2. Ben Murtha, Napier Pirates
3. Zek Sopaga, Old Boys University
4. Regan Hunt, Old Boys University
5. Marcel Renata, Auckland University
6. Tom Hughes, Massey University
7. Alex Wilson, Napier Pirates
8. Josh Dickson, Otago University
9. Aaron McPhee, Napier Pirates
10. Jes Verstegen, North Harbour Marist (Massey)
11. Andrew Jones, Canterbury University
12. Joel Duffy, Lincoln University – Captain
13. George Vance, Otago University
14. Jonathan Ruru, Napier Pirates
15. Clayton Stewart, Massey University

Reserves: 16. Jake Holmes, Waikato University; 17. Rob Sullivan, Canterbury University; 18. Sam McCahon, Waikato University; 19. James Raea, Auckland University; 20. Tim Smith, Old Boys University; 21. Jonte Lexmond, Otago University; 22. Broc Hooper, Lincoln University

Meanwhile the All Americans are excited about showing what they have learned in the final game.

“It has been a great tour so far,” said captain Ryan Roundy. “We've learned a lot and we've gained some great experience in our first two games. We've had glimpses of our potential and have played some great rugby, but a few too many mental lapses ultimately cost us the first two games. We have identified areas of the game we must dominate Saturday in order to finish the tour with a great win against the New Zealand Universities and we'll do everything that we can to do so. It will take a great team effort, but the guys are looking forward to the opportunity to end well and finish on a high note.”

On Friday evening the All Americans will attend a scrimmage between Wellington and Canterbury in Wellington. And on Saturday they will play at 1pm local time at the Lower Hutt Rec in Wellington. A nasty storm rolled through the city over the last few days, and while it is expected to weaken on Saturday, the conditions are still expected to be wintry.

All Americans lineup:
1. Paris Hollis, Life University
2. Michael Shepherd, Utah
3. Angus MacLellan, Davenport
4. Michael Lawrenson, Kutztown
5. John Cullen, Utah
6. Danny Barrett, Cal
7. Kyle Sumsion, BYU
8. Ryan Roundy (capt.), BYU
9. Jake McFadden, Life
10. Pat Sullivan, Arkansas State
11. Jake Anderson, Cal
12. Michael Haley, St. Mary’s
13. JP Eloff, Davenport
14. Madison Hughes, Dartmouth
15. Joe Cowley, Life

Reserves:
16. Glen Maricelli, Life
17. Eric Parson, Cal Poly
18. Shaun Potgeiter, Arkansas State
19. Jordan Badia-Bellinger, Claremont Colleges
20. Randy Pati, Utah
21. Stephen Tomasin, San Diego State
22. Josh Tucker, Cal

 
Written by Alex Goff    Wednesday, 19 June 2013 12:46    PDF Print Write e-mail
All Americans Drop Second Tour Match
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The Collegiate All Americans lost 30-23 to the Wairapa Bush men's team on their second tour match in New Zealand.

Joan Shepherd photo.
Joan Shepherd photo.
Colton Cariaga broke his arm, quite possibly in this play. Joan Shepherd photo.
Joan Shepherd photo.
Joan Shepherd photo.

Wairapa Bush was certainly 
the stronger team in the first half. While both squads had about equal territory and possession, the hosts finished their opportunities, and the All Americans could not. At halftime, Wairapa Bush led 24-3.

Worse than that, game day captain and flyhalf Colton Cariaga broke his arm making a tackle in the 19th minute. He stayed on for several minutes before the extent of his injury was clear and he left the game. The Life University standout is out for the remainder of the tour - it is unclear how much more.

Somewhat shaken, the All Americans, already down 5-0, gave up a try on that play, and two more in the first half.

In the second half, the All Americans mounted a comeback. BYU flanker Kyle Sumsion capped off a sustained period of pressure with a try to make it 24-10. Jake Anderson kicked his second penalty goal to edge the squad a shade closer.

Then some superb chasing on a kick thanks to prop Paris Hollis - who is having a superb spring - and Cal wing Josh Tucker, forced another penalty, which Anderson put over to make it 24-16.

At 73 minutes, the All Americans kept up the pressure and punched it in, with Utah forward John Cullen doing the honors. Anderson converted to put his side within a point at 24-23.

That was as close as they could get, as a penalty for holding onto the ball gave Wairapa Bush a penalty at midfield, that they kicked over, and another ruck penalty with time up gave away points, as well. Wairapa Bush 30-, All Americans 23.

For the All Americans, Hollis has several impressive moments, while Kyle Sumsion was, said Head Coach Matt Sherman, the best player on the field.

UW-Whitewater lock Ben Landry played well before having to come off, and Cullen, still getting the hang of the game, was a massive physical presence in the second row.

"While the score may look like it, I don't think this was a tale of two completely different halves," said Sherman. "We did some good things in the first half, and in general I thought possession, territory, and opportunities were relatively equal. We just weren't able to finish while they were."

In the second half, however, the All Americans did improve in the contact area, slowing down Wairapa's ball and speeding up their own.

"While we came up short at the end, I'm proud of the guys and how well they came together and battled back against a tough opponent when things weren't going our way," said Sherman.  "We need to take that cultural identity of being a mentally tough team into our final game with NZ Universities, and we feel that if we do that, along with improving in some targeted performance areas, we can earn a tough victory over a good side on New Zealand soil.  We're excited about that challenging opportunity."

All Americans 23  Wairapa Bush 30
Tries: Sumsion, Cullen
Convs: Anderson 2
Pens: Anderson 3

1. Paris Hollis (Life) (Glen Maricelli, Life at 67), 2. Gabriel Sochanek (Davenport) (Michael Shepherd, Utah at 46), 3. Eric Parson (Cal Poly) (Angus MacLellan, Davenport at 62), 4. Ben Landry (UW-Whitewater) (Danny Barrett, Cal at 35), 5. John Cullen (Utah), 6. Kyle Sumsion (BYU), 7. Jordan Badia-Bellinger (Claremont Colleges), 8. Shaun Potgeiter (Arkansas State) (Ryan Roundy, BYU at 52), 9. Randy Pati (Utah) (Jake McFadden, Life at 58), 10. Colton Cariaga (Life) (JP Eloff, Davenport at 27), 11. Tim Maupin (St. Mary’s) (Zach Mizell, Arkansas State at 60), 12. Michael Haley (St. Mary’s), 13. Stephen Tomasin (San Diego State, 14. Josh Tucker (Cal), 15. Jake Anderson (Cal)



 
Written by Alex Goff    Monday, 17 June 2013 18:43    PDF Print Write e-mail
All Americans Look Ahead to Game 2
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Collegiate All Americans Head Coach Matt Sherman has made wholesale changes for Wednesday's match against Wairapa Bush in New Zealand.

The lineout was a source of concern in the first game for the All Americans. Joan Shepherd photo.Of the 15 starters for Wednesday's game in Masterton, 13 are new starters. Lock John Cullen and wing Tim Maupin changer jersey numbers, but will start for the second time in a row.

Notable on the squad is San Diego State freshman Stephen Tomasin, who slots in at outside center.

Cullen and Ben Landry from UW-Whitewater form a formidable 6-5 combo at second row. They will be central to the AAs' set piece efforts.

Sherman said he was overall fairly pleased with his squad's 17-10 loss to a New Zealand Universities side on Sunday.

"While we can still improve in all areas, I thought we generally outplayed them in the field position battle," Sherman told RUGBYMag.com. "Defensively we were quite organized and kept them in front of us, and in attack, when we didn’t have an unforced handling error, we were going forward in phase play and creating opportunities and forcing penalties."

Where the team struggled was in going forward from their lineout.

Their hosts competed well in the lineout, but, Sherman added, "regardless our choices and execution in all facets, lift, throw, etcetera, was poor and led to an under-50-percent performance. Secondly, we were too loose with the ball in general, and tried to play too much rugby, especially given the conditions. There are other areas we want to target going forward, but I think these were they key areas we can improve dramatically in Wednesdays game."

After Sunday's match the team traveled from the New Zealand Institute of Sport in Palmerston North to Wellington. They reviewed game video and went through recovery. Tuesday is scheduled to be a team run and a visit to the New Zealand RFU Headquarters.

Then they play Wairapa Bush in Masterton, about 40 miles Northeast of Wellington.

The team will be treated to a traditional Maori Dinner afterward.

Thursday will be a recovery day and a chance to explore Wellington, and Friday will be video review and a team session. On Friday night the team will attend a Canterbury v. Wellington friendly.

And on Saturday they play their final match, against a New Zealand Universities team, followed by dinner for both teams at the US Embassy and a chance to watch two test matches that evening.

All American lineup for Wednesday's matchup v. Wairapa Bush.

All Americans set for June 19.

 
Written by Alex Goff    Sunday, 16 June 2013 13:47    PDF Print Write e-mail
Mistakes Cost All Americans in Game One
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The Collegiate All Americans lost 17-10 to a New Zealand Universities XV Sunday in the first game of the US team’s three-match tour.

The game was played in typically rainy and windy conditions in Palmerston North, and while the tourists showed well, they also gave up two soft tries that cost them dearly.

The All American team that faced NZ Universities.
So close to the line. Joan Shepherd photo.
Sloppy conditions made it hard to get the ball wide. Joan Shepherd photo.
Mike Lawrenson and John Cullen. Joan Shepherd photo.

The All Americans took an early lead through a penalty goal from Joe Cowley, but received a blow three minutes later when highly-regarded openside flanker Alec Gletzer had to leave the game.

Still the All Americans pressured and things looked promising, but an interception turned that all around and suddenly the tourists were down 7-3.

Five minutes before halftime the New Zealanders extended their lead with a penalty goal from 45 meters out, that glanced off the upright and through.

It was a frustrating end to the first half for the All Americans, as they were in the New Zealand 22 several times, and ended the first 40 being held up in-goal.

The second half was a tight affair as both defenses held . It wasn’t until the 70th minute that the New Zealanders broke through, and they needed a little luck to do it. A wayward pass went over flyhalf Pat Sullivan’s head, and a NZ Universities player toed it ahead into in-goal. The All American cover defense was there first, but couldn’t control the bouncing ball, and a New Zealand Universities player touched it down. 17-3.

With four minutes to go, Sullivan finally got over for a try for the All Americans, running a smart line and splitting the defenders from eight meters out. Cowley’s kick made it 17-10, and that’s how it ended.

“We failed to capitalize on most of our opportunities, giving up three penalties in their 22 in the first half, and getting held up in-goal to end the half,” said All American Head Coach Matt Sherman. “I thought our best areas were physicality and organization in defense, and we played field position pretty well.”

The All Americans struggled with their lineout, however, and their ball-handling. Their backs were a little too eager, and therefore lined up too flat, giving them less time to make decisions, and leasing to some poor choices on offense.

“Overall I’d say we were taught a lesson in how to play in wet conditions and the team is looking forward to another crack at them and applying the lessons learned,” said Sherman.

All Americans lineup
1. Mike Shepherd 
2. Glen Maricelli
3. Clint Lemkus 
4. Michael Lawrenson
5. John Cullen
6. Danny Barrett
7. Alex Gletzer 
8. Ryan Roundy (C) 
9. Jacob McFadden
10. Pat Sullivan 
11. Madison Hughes
12. JP Eloff
13. Zach Mizell
14. Tim Maupin 
15. Joe Cowley

Reserves
16. Paris Hollis (on for Shepherd at 70)
17. Eric Parsons (on for Lemkus at 67)
18. Ben Landry
19. Jordan Badia-Bellinger (on for Gletzer at 12)
20. Don Pati (on for McFadden at 60)
21. Mike Haley
22. Josh Tucker (on for Maupin at 67)


 


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