BY HUGH BROWN
University of Utah rugby player Don Pati broke his arm during his tour with the All-American College 15s side last month.
The side, which also included Utes’ Mike Sheppard, traveled to Ireland where they split a pair of matches. On Aug. 11 the All-Americans downed Connacht Academy 19-17. The U.S. rallied from a 14-3 deficit at halftime to bring home the victory. Fullback Joe Cowley’s (Life University) four penalty kicks were the margin of difference. Pati was injured after starting the match at inside center. The injury required surgery, but he is expected to recover in time for the 2013 college season.
On Aug. 14 the United States fell behind Leinster Academy 24-0 during the opening thirty-two minutes before rallying somewhat in a 29-14 loss. Mike Sheppard did not start, but had an excellent second half for the All-Americans.
An All-American College Sevens team, represented by Utah’s Tonata Lauti, played in the Serevi Rugbytown Sevens Tournament in Colorado on Aug. 11. The team went 1-2 in pool play, beating Old Pudget Sound Beach 33-7, losing to Tiger Rugby 29-12, and then dropping a 19-10 decision to Samurai.
That relegated the All Americans to Plate play where they beat the Chicago Lions 33-0 in the semifinals and then downed Glendale 24-14 in the finals. The USA Falcons won the tournament as both Tiger RFC and the Samurai lost in the Cup semifinals. Mike Palefau and Maka Unufe, both former Utah Warriors, played for the Falcons.
Another All-American College 7’s side traveled to California for the Chula Vista Tournament on Aug. 17-18. Led by BYU’s Ryan Roundy, the squad went 0-1-2 on Friday, losing to the West 17-12 and tying the Northeast 17-17 and the Midwest 19-19. The All-American were ready for Saturday, however, as they downed Southern California 10-5 in the quarterfinals, crushed the Midwest 31-5 in the Cup semis, and then won the tournament with a 38-21 victory over the Northeast.