GLENDALE, CO – Competing storylines narrated the first day of RugbyTown 7s for the two attending USA Rugby development teams as the Men’s Collegiate All-American Sevens fly high into first place and the Men’s Falcons find themselves with some climbing to do.
Down, but not out, the Falcons finished the day 1-2 having dropped games to the Rambling Jesters and British Army but showed what fire power this team has with a 31-10 victory over the North American Tsunami Sport Barbarians midway through the day. Hunger and agility were on display, but the Falcons will look to find a better rhythm leading into tomorrow’s final Pool D match against the Cayman Islands.
The four Youth Olympic Games representatives showed some flashes of strength with Alex Cleary and Junior Waqavesi both notching tries. Given the extensive sevens experience their teammates and competition possess here at RugbyTown, every minute becomes invaluable in lead up to Buenos Aires.
Ben Broselle, Maceo Brown, Chris Frazier and Vili Helu also found the pay dirt in day one.
Looking ahead to tomorrow, Head Coach JD Stephenson alluded to the team limiting opportunities for opposing teams and force themselves back into contention.
The Men’s Collegiate All-American Sevens squad barreled through their first three games with jet fuel powered scoring. Tallying 30+ points in each game, the Steve Lewis led collegiate stars outscored Sacramento, Washington Athletic Club and Denver 7s Selects by a collective 80 points. Despite the undefeated record, stand out Harley Wheeler recognizes the tough match-ups are still to come.
D’Montae Noble, Nick Feakes and Deion Mikesell were the team high try scorers with three each on the day. Cameron Troxler and Zach Young both had a pair of tries while Kyle Rogers, Aaron Matthews and Marcus Tupuola all collected one of their own. Despite all three opponents being held to a total of 24 points all day, Head Coach Steve Lewis will still put a focus on defense when the qualifying teams line up opposite his squad tomorrow…
Both teams will close the loop on pool play tomorrow when the Men’s Collegiate All-American Sevens compete first at 11:40am MDT against Bermuda and the Falcons match up with Cayman Islands at 1:10pm MDT. All matches can be streamed live at infinityparkatglendale.com/live-stream.