Mega Rugby update: Penn State wins women’s rugby title; Utah high school playoffs in full swing

Penn State defeated Stanford 32-12 to win the USA Rugby Women's Division II Championship at Steuber Rugby Stadium in Stanford, Calif. (Photo courtesy USA Rugby)

BY HUGH BROWN

This past weekend the DI Women’s Rugby Championship took place at Stanford University. In the semifinals Stanford handed Brown a 39-5 defeat and Penn State, the tournament’s favorite, defeated the Women’s Cougar RFC from BYU 46-15.  In the championship match Sunday, Penn State soundly beat Stanford 32-12 to win the title.

UTAH HIGH SCHOOL RUGBY

Utah High School rugby playoffs began this past weekend in Division 1 and each of the three Division 2 regions.

Although the national playoffs break high schools into two categories (single school and club sides), these two groups are combined for the Utah playoffs. For clarification, high school club side players can come from outside the specific school.

In the first round of Division 1: Snow Canyon beat Lowland 20-7 and United downed Skyline 41-17. On May 25, Snow Canyon will play Trybe and United will face Herriman. See the bracket here.

In Division 2:  North – The Kearns Cougars beat Cache Valley and Davis beat TC Fusion; Central – Orem beat Bountiful and then lost to South County 14-5; South – Desert Hills beat the Flyers.  Hurricane then downed Desert Hills 12-5 while Pine View crushed the Las Vegas Rugby Academy 45-5 to advance to the finals.

Three Utah high school sides (Trybe, United, and Snow Canyon) will be playing in the national high school championships this weekend at Rio Tinto Stadium in SLC.

EAGLE 7’s IN ENGLAND

Going into the ninth and final IRB 7’s weekend, New Zealand led the 23 nations that have participated with 150 match points followed by Fiji (139) and England (123).

The Kiwis had won three of the tournaments, Fiji two, and England one (the others were won by Samoa and Australia).

The United States was tied for eleventh with Kenya at 39 points.  This past weekend the Eagles closed out the year in London, England.

On Saturday the United States went 0-3 in their very tough pool, losing a close one to France 19-15, getting beaten by Samoa 31-17, and playing England close before losing 15-5. Former Utah Warriors’ start Mike Palefau scored a try against France.

In Bowl play on Sunday the Eagles lost to Wales 28-19 (Palefau had a try) before being dropped to Shield play where they defeated Russia 38-12. In the Shield finals the U.S. dropped another close one to France 19-12.

Fiji defeated Samoa for the London championship, but still finished second to New Zealand for the entire year.

COLLEGE 7’s CHAMPIONSHIP

The pools have been announced for the College 7’s Rugby Championship in Chester, Pa., on June 2-3. The University of Utah, which won the tournament in 2010 and finished third last year, will not participate.

The pools:
A – Life, Penn State, Wisconsin, Temple
B – Dartmouth, Delaware, Maryland, Florida
C – Arizona, North Carolina State, Texas, Oklahoma
D – Army, California, Notre Dame, Navy.

MEN’S DI CLUB PLAYOFF RESULTS

The DI Men’s Club round of 16 and quarterfinals took place this past weekend at four different locations around the country.  On Saturday: Palmer beat Norfolk 57-10; the Chicago Lions downed the Boston Irish Wolfhounds 43-5; Glendale pounded Santa Monica 50-19, and Mystic River edged the Atlanta Renegades 17-16.

Also, Belmont Shore downed the Dallas Reds 49-5; the Kansas City Blues got by the East Palo Alto Bulldogs 22-13; the Austin Blacks upset Old Mission Beach 22-20, and Metropolis edged the Potomac Athletic Club 33-28.

On Sunday Glendale whipped Austin 61-5; Palmer got by Chicago 19-15; Metropolis beat Mystic River 30-5, and Belmont Shore held off the Kansas City Blues 22-20 as all four advanced to the semifinals.

2 comments

  1. scrugby

    The official score for Snow Canyon versus Lowland was 37-7. SC girls rugby beat Dixie 39-0

  2. rugbyrugbyrugby

    Congratulations to Trybe, United, and Snow Canyon, who aside from going to nationals have one thing in common: They have all been defeated by Herriman, who is 9-0 on the season. That’s right, Utah’s #1 team is not going to nationals, while its 2, 3, and 4 teams are. USA Rugby decided to select teams BEFORE the season for nationals, and they did not think that Herriman would be as good as the other three this year. What a shame that those boys did not have the opportunity to earn their way in to the nationals and that Utah could not send their best to represent them. USA Rugby is flat out wrong to represent this tournament as a national championship. It is a showcase, nothing more.