Griffins Win College All-Star Final
Saturday Jun 13, 2009 in Elite Level Rugby All-Stars
(Peter Tiberio slides in at the corner for the first of his two tries. Ian Muir photo.)
Glendale, Colo. – The Southern California Griffins have won the 2009 National Collegiate All-Star Championships with a 32-12 defeat of the West at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colo. Saturday evening.
Wing Peter Tiberio chipped in two tries, both at crucial times, to help pace his team, which punished turnovers and loose West play repeatedly.
Southern California (in green) kept the ball moving against the West (in white). Ian Muir photos.
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Southern California showed some good defense and absorbed a committed West attack with plenty of physicality and patience, waiting for those turnovers that led to their own scoring opportunities.
SoCal got up 8-0 early on a penalty and a try, and right off the restart Tiberio took a pass on the wing and capped off a long, weaving run to score in the corner to make it 13-0. The West came back with two tries, sparked by coach Rich Cortez’s tactical subs. Wing Adam Ducoing’s score put them with a point at 13-12.
But every time the West seemed poised to take the lead, it was SoCal that struck. A snappy eighman pick from Iliasi Tukuafu set up center Nick Regas coming in at pace, and the center’s try made it 18-12, and Duncan Kelm’s conversion put the score at 20-12.
The West threatened off the restart and were feet from the tryline when SoCal turned over the ball and launched a long, multi-phase movement that went the length of the field. Several minutes after the turnover the Griffins spun it wide to Tiberio, who cut back against the grain to score the back-breaker. 25-12.
Josh Cudworth’s try put the game away 32-12, as he benefitted from a superb pickup and pass from Alex Ross to score.
Scrumhalf Jamie Purcell, who has plenty of tools and kept the ball moving for the high-energy Griffs, was named player of the game, and it was fitting. The game was a bit loose and sloppy, and that suited SoCal just fine as they liked moving the ball quickly, and punished the west.
- Alex Goff © www.erugbynews.com