Perfect weather accompanied the Elite Cup’s debut on the Pacific coast, as San Francisco Golden Gate (SFGG) powered past Seattle OSPB 36-27 while temperatures hovered in the 50s at beautiful Magnuson Park.
Under clear blue skies, but with a northerly wind that created wind chills in the 20s, New York Athletic Club bested host Old Blue 29-14 in the opening East Pool match of the inaugural Elite Cup competition.
The USA Rugby Elite Cup was kicked-off on Saturday at Highlands Ranch's Shea Stadium as the Denver Barbarians and Glendale Raptors began the tournament's inaugural session with a lively display of sport.
• Women’s Collegiate Division I & Division II Finals return to Stanford, CA on May 3-4 • Men’s Collegiate Division I-AA & Division II Finals set for Bowling Green, OH on May 11-12 • Men’s Senior Club Division I, Division II, & Division III Finals return to Glendale, CO on June 1-2 • Men’s & Women’s Senior Club 7s Championships to be held in Cheswick, PA on August 10-11
Belmont Shore may have taken the USA Rugby Division I Club Championship from fellow finalists Glendale Raptors last June, but the Elite Cup offers a new opportunity to succeed for Andre Snyman's Raptors.