South Men Reclaim All-Star Title
The South proved to be the most dominant team in the Emirates Airline USA Rugby Men's Collegiate All-Star Championship by winning their second consecutive All-Star title on Saturday in Glendale, Colo. South defeated the SoCal Griffins 67-33 in the title game, with some very familiar names in college rugby chiming in for their respective sides.
Paul Benade, possibly the lesser-known winger (formerly a flanker) from Arkansas State was fantastic and scored a hat trick. Cam Dolan, Life University's dominant loose forward and his associate, Garret Lambert, both contributed heavily to the South's victory. Also, Arkansas State eight man, Shaun Potgeiter, played a very strong game. All of the South's loosies scored five-pointers in the encounter and Pat Sullivan's intelligent boot added the extras and allowed his side to really pull away.
It was SoCal who would strike first in the game, by the well-trained boot of Duncan Kelm, San Diego State's remarkable utility back. He kept his side in the running in the first half by slotting penalties, but SoCal was still down 27-14 at the half.
The second half saw the game get away from SoCal, as the South continued to dominate nearly all areas of the game, particularly the breakdown.
The South was just too strong and too fast in the end and won their second consecutive National All-Star Championship, and a number of players surely put their hand up for All-American selection.