August 21, 2015
Limerick 7s: Northeast Academy, SFGG Wrap Up Day One
Photos: Northeast Academy Coaches Josh Smith, Stephen Lewis, Rob Nipper & SFGG team
By Doug Coil
In Limerick World Club Sevens Round One action, New York (Northeast Academy) had a dominant performance against Stade Francais winning 22-0. Tries came from Jared Collinson, Rick Kirkland (two), and Nate Augspurper. Nate also converted the last try. Last year’s winning team Daveta (Fiji), kept pace in Pool A with a 45-7 win against Leinster.
In Pool B, the Samurai 7s dispatched San Francisco Golden Gate 40-0, while the Canadian Maple Leafs had a narrow 19-17 win against host Munster.
In Pool C, Buenos Aires (ARG) and the Golden Lions (South Africa) tied 19-19. In an all Irish match, Connacht won 36-5 against Ulster.
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Pool Round 2
Northeast Academy faced Leinster and attacked from the start with Nate Brakeley catching the start resulting in a Derek Lipscombe try. Nate Brakeley added a try in the corner to increase the lead to 10-0. Leinster answered back with a converted try. The half ended with Marcus Henderson streaking down the sidelines for a try. Halftime Northeast Academy led 17-7.
Leinster scored first in the second half to narrow the lead to 17-14, before it was all New York. A Lipscombe steal, with offload to Augspurger, allowed Nate to streak in for a try, which he then converted. Pono Haitsuka then broke through the defense and Derek Lpscombe added a second try. Augspurger converted. Final 31-14, as the Northeast Academy gained another bonus point win.
With Daveta beating Stade Francais 36-5, this set up the Pool A Round 3 as the Northeast academy against Daveta. The winner would win the Pool, but both would advance to tomorrow’s Cup quarterfinal round.
In Pool B, San Francisco Golden Gate jumped to a 12-0 lead on tries by Bruce Thomas and Don Pati. A conversion was made by Pati. The Maple Leafs narrowed the lead on a try by Patrick Kay that was converted. Half time 12-7 to Gate. A second half try by Andrew Coe with conversion, resulted in a narrow loss to Canada. The Maple Leafs now lead the Pool, as Munster and the Samurai 7s drew 19-19.
Pool C action had Buenos Aires up 12-0 at Halftime against Connacht. The Final was 19-10 to Buenos Aires. The Golden Lions dispatched Ulser 28-12.This Pool will be decided after round 3, as the Golden Lions and Buenos Aires are 1-0-1, Connacht 1-1, and Ulster 0-2.
Pool Round 3
Pool A heavyweights Northeast Academy and Daveta Rugby did not disappoint. Nate Augspurger opened the scoring with a try 45 seconds into the match. Daveta later responded with a try by Apenisa Cakaubalavu after a quick penalty tap to take the Halftime lead 7-5. In the second half, Daveta added to their total with another try in the corner after a penalty at the 22 meter line. A final try by Emori Waqa won Pool A 17-5. New York, a formidable competitor, finished second and will advance to the Cup quarterfinals tomorrow.
In other Pool action, Leinster took a 12-7 halftime lead over Stade Francais and added their first win 19-17. Adam Leavy’s try at death tied the match and Mark Roche’s conversion sealed the victory.
In Pool B, Munster won 28-22 against San Francisco Golden Gate. Both teams scored 4 tries, but the difference proved to be Munster’s four conversions. Munster finished pool play 1-1-1 and advanced to the Cup quarterfinals, while San Francisco finished 0-3. San Francisco Golden Gate tries came from Pila Huihui (two), Don Pati , and Jack Tracy. Taylor Howden converted the Tracy try. They gained valuable experience and hopefully it will pay off tomorrow.
To decide Pool B, Canada Maple Leafs took as early lead on a try by Justin Douglas. The Samurai 7s stormed back for 3 unanswered tries to lead 19-7 at Halftime. In one of the most exciting matches, Canada won the Pool with a comeback 21-19 win. Justin Douglas had a second try, while Thomas Fuly also scored. Andrew Coe was perfect on conversions. Both teams advanced to the Cup quarterfinals.
In Pool C, Buenos Aires were on a scoring spree. They led Ulster 24-0 at halftime. A valiant second half effort by Ulster narrowed the gap, but Buenos Aires won 24-19. In the last Pool match, the Golden Lions scored first against Connacht, but two tries by Captain Shane Layden, converted by Caolin Blade ended with a 14-7 Connacht Halftime lead. Connacht won 21-19, as Fionn Carr added a fifth try on the day. Buenos Aires won the Pool, while Connacht finished second. The Golden Lions also advanced to the Cup Quarterfinals.
Cup Quarterfinals & Shield Semi-finals
The Cup Quarterfinals will include Daveta, Northeast Academy, Canada Maple Leafs, Samurai, Munster, Buenos Aires, Connacht and the Golden Lions.
Leinster, San Francisco Golden Gate, Ulster and Stade Francais will compete for the Shield tomorrow.
Check http://thomondpark.ie/world-club-7s/ for tomorrow’s schedule.
Daveta (Fiji) 3-0, 14 points
Northeast Academy (NY7s) 2-1, 10 points
Leinster (Ireland) 1-2, 4 points
Stade Francais (France) 0-3, 1 point
Canada Maple Leafs 3-0, 12 points
Samurai (Int’l 7s) 1-1-1, 8 points
Munster (Ireland) 1-1-1, 8 points
San Francisco Golden Gate 0-3, 3 points
Buenos Aires (Argentina) 2-0-1, 11 points
Connacht (Ireland) 2-1, 9 points
Golden Lions (South Africa) 1-1-1, 8 points
Ulster (Ireland) 0-3, 1 point