MALDEN, Mass. – The USA Rugby AIG Men’s Collegiate All-Americans completed a two-match sweep of Cambridge University Wednesday with a 22-12 victory at Pine Banks Park.
The MCAAs defeated Cambridge with four tries Saturday and followed it with a three-try performance Wednesday.
Cambridge took the first lead early in the match through Paul Loudon, who latched onto the end of a chip kick to score. Madison Hughes, captain for the MCAAs, replied with a penalty kick inside the 22.
Kingsley McGowan scored the MCAAs’ first try after receiving the ball from Hughes, who broke the gain line to set up the try. Hughes also converted to give the MCAAs a 10-5 lead at the half.
Cambridge could have narrowed the deficit with a penalty kick early in the second half, but the effort went wide. Hughes stole the ball a few minutes later to set up another break, and Chris Turori fed Vili Toluta’u for the try and a 15-5 lead.
After winning a scrum, McGowan found space with the ball and freed Shaun Potgieter for the MCAAs’ third try. Loudon scored his second try for Cambridge late in the match, but the MCAAs held on for the 22-12 win.
"The performance was better than in the first game," Head Coach Matt Sherman told John Doody. "But we knew we needed a better performance, as we knew they were both rested and improved from the first game. The boys dug deep from the well and it was a gutsy win.
"The front row did a good job. We had them in there for 50 minutes and they stepped up. Mike Lawrenson also was phenomenal defensively, in the lineout, [and] he had some good carries. Kaleikaumaka Konrad had a nice kicking game and kept the game flowing."
The MCAAs will finish their three-match tour at the Irish Cultural Center in Canton, Mass., against Ontario Blues Saturday, June 28, at 2:30 P.M. ET. Support the MCAAs to be entered to win a match-day experience with the team, including team kit, and follow @aarugby on Twitter for match updates.
AIG Men's Collegiate All-Americans | v Cambridge University
1. Ryan Pratt (Saint Mary's College)
2. Tino Paophavihanh (Bellevue College)
3. Dino Waldren (Saint Mary's College)
4. Mike Lawrenson (Kutztown University)
5. Benjamin Landry (University of Wisconsin - Whitewater)
6. Harry Higgins (Arkansas State University)
7. Vili Toluta'u (Central Washington University)
8. Shaun Potgieter (Arkansas State University)
9. Madison Hughes (C) (Dartmouth College)
10. Kaleikaumaka Konrad (San Diego State University)
11. Kingsley McGowan (Saint Mary's College)
12. James Poli (Lindenwood University)
13. Sam Sirell (University of California - Los Angeles)
14. Chris Turori (Palomar College)
15. Lucas Baistrocchi (University of Florida)
Cambridge University | Starting XV
1. Will Briggs (C)
2. Patrick Calvert
3. Frank Sanders
4. Jack Baker
5. Rob Hall
6. Charlie O'Sullivan
7. Hugo Kelly
8. Rob Malaney
9. Harry Peck
10. Fraser Gillies
11. Andrew Murdoch
12. Danny Holmes
13. James Boyd-Moss
14. Paul Loudon
15. Sam Allen
Cambridge University | Reserves
16. Nigel Conroy
17. Jacob Poulton
18. Scott Annett
19. Oliver Wolfe
20. Leo Buizza
21. George Bilclough
22. Angus Strachan
23. Dave Sparkhall
AIG Men's Collegiate All-Americans | 22
Tries: McGowan, Toluta'u, Potgieter
Conversions: Hughes, Kruger
Cambridge University | 12
Tries: Loudon (2)
AIG Men's Collegiate All-Americans | Summer 2014 Schedule
v Ontario Blues - Irish Cultural Center - Saturday, June 28 - 2:30 P.M. ET