All Americans Drop Second Game to SA Universities
Saturday Aug 8, 2009 in Elite Level Rugby National Teams
Cape Town, South Africa— The 2009 College All Americans, presented by USA Sevens, LLC, played a strong South Africa Universities national team side to an improved result of 59-3 today at Newlands Stadium.
Serving as the curtain-raiser for the South Africa vs. Australia Tri-Nations game this was the rubber match or the All Americans to prove their improved standards and development against a foe who undoubtedly held the advantage.
It was largely a tale of two halves with the All Americans coming out strong in the first half to the disappointment of home crowd.
The Universities side was fractured and had a hard time building phases together against the much improved All American defense. But the South Africans rallied thanks to their speed.
On numerous occasions All Americans were pressing the South African defense, but some untimely turnovers would lead to Universities line breaks and eventual tries.
The lone All Americans points came from a 10-meter Keegan Englebrecht penalty goal in the early moments of the game. But given the play of the first half the All Americans would rue the missed scoring opportunities that were left on the table.
Still a 25-3 half time score flattered the home side significantly.
With a number of key substitutions for the South Africans and some obvious stiff words the Universities team came out looking for redemption.
Despite the best efforts of the All Americans the South Africans were able to string more phases together and move the ball to the space in the second half. Doing so led to six second-half tries.
Despite the 59-3 final score the All Americans can look back on an improved performance and a memorable opportunity to develop their game on one of rugby’s biggest stages, Newlands Stadium.
“We came in with a high regard for the South African team,” head coach Alex Magleby said, “And we felt we could front up to them better than Wednesday night, and I think after review we did that. The boys played hard and are going home with a stronger foundation, confidence and vision for their future rugby careers.”
The All Americans conclude their 2009 South Africa Tour with heads held high and more experience under the belts as they continue to chase down their goals of development and improvement.
The team travels immediately to the airport and the players will travel back to the respective home towns from there.
All American Team:
1. Mike Shephard (Mike Su’a @ 24” Blood)
2. Joey Brown (Nardus Wessels @ 58”)
3. Ross Silverman (Mike Su’a @ 66”)
4. Cameron Dolan (Casey Rock @ 34”)
5. Chris Parker
6. Paul Bester (Tom Pasque @ 40”)
7. Eddie McKenna
8. Steve St. Pierre
9. Benny Matealonia © (Dylan Lubbe @65”)
10. Keegan Englebrecht
11. Dustin Muhn
12. Hunter Leland (Alex Ross @ 47”)
13. Duncan Kelm
14. Blaine Scully
15. Colin Hawley
The South Africa Universities Team:
1. BG Uys
2. Stoffel Duvenhage
3. Lorien Adriaanse
4. Jaco Nepgen
5. Martin Muller
6. Wesley Wilkins
7. Cameron Peverett
8. Willem van der Wal ©
9. Marlin Ruiters
10. Matthew Rosslee
11. Ziniko Dumaphi
12. Tim Whitehead
13. Therlow Pietersen
14. Morne Jooste
15. Earl Lewis
16. Edgar Maruthule (UJ)
17. Jaco Koch (Pukke)
18. Rob Andrew (UJ)
19. Jonathan Adendorf (Maties)
20. Marlin Ruiters (Shimlas)
21. Matthew Rosslee (UCT)
Scoring Recap—Final Score: All Americans 3 South Africa Universities 59
-Pens: Englebrecht 1 of 2 (Englebrecht 6”)
-Tries: Pietersen 2”, Whitehead 16”, Dumaphi 37”, Lewis 39”, Peverett 47”, Lewis 51”, Ruiters 60”, Nepgen 62”, Ziniko 66” Lewis 76”, Adriaanse 73”,
-Pens: Lewis 1 of 1 (15”)
-Conv: Stevens 1 of 5 (16”); Ruiters 2 of 5 (62”, 76”)
Yellow Card: Chris Parker (AA) @ 61”
The All American Rugby Team is comprised of the USA’s best collegiate rugby players. The All American tradition of strong collegiate players goes back to the 1920 and 1924 Olympic gold medal winning teams which were full of the best college rugby players in the country at the time.
With the same All American shield on their chest the current team of players shares a heritage of work ethic, determination and the American drive to succeed despite the odds.
Lead supporters of the 2009 All American team are:
Presenting: USA Sevens, LLC
Eagle Level: Royall Lyme, Lucky Tiger, United States Rugby Football Foundation
Hawk Level: Life University, Old Blue RFC, San Francisco Golden Gate RFC, Old Puget Sound RFC, Mystic Rugby, Old Mission Beach Athletic Club Rugby, Charlotte RFC, New York Athletic Club Rugby
Falcon Level: Olympic Club Rugby
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