Italy defeats BHSAAs in Rugby 4 Nations tournament

Italy defeats BHSAAs in Rugby 4 Nations tournament

RIO CUARTO, Argentina – The USA Rugby Boys High School All-Americans returned to action Tuesday in the second game of their 2014 Four Nations Campaign against Italy in Argentina.

The BHSAAs struck first with some great attacking play and an Italian penalty leading to an early shot at goal for fly half Ben Cima (Gonzaga College HS) to give the BHSAAs an early 3-0 lead.

These were the sole points on the board for the majority of the first half, with a strong defensive gameplan from Assistant Coach Michael Engelbrecht seeing increased line speed and pressure on the Italian side, led by defensive stalwarts Malcolm May (Penn State University) and captain Brian Nault (Shelton RFC).

Following a late Italian try and another penalty slotted by Cima, the BHSAAs went in to the half trailing 7-6 with a great deal of momentum.

The BHSAAs continued to battle in the second half, with lineout jumpers May and lock Leki Fotu (Peninsula Green HS) making life difficult for Italy, implementing a great defensive gameplan of Assistant Coach Paul Barford in the set piece. The key moment of the second half was a yellow card given to May for a repeated BHSAA infringement, which led to a surge in the Italian attack. After a great deal of back and forth, Italy took advantage of the yellow card and jumped out to a 20-9 lead it would not relinquish to move to 1-1 in the tournament.

The game featured a special moment for prop Jack Iscaro (Gonzaga College HS), son of former Italian prop Paolo Iscaro, who started in the front row for the BHSAAs.

Salty Thompson’s team drops to 0-2 on the tour, with a final match of the campaign against Uruguay set for July 26.

USA Rugby Boys High School All-Americans | v Italy
1. Darien Pickett
2. Steven Branham
3. Jack Iscaro
4. Leki Fotu
5. Siaosi Mahoni
6. Wesley Parker
7. Malcolm May
8. Brian Nault (C)
9. Louis Mulholland
10. Ben Cima
11. Aaron Matthews
12. Lorenzo Thomas
13. Seth Halliman
14. Joeli Tikoisuva
15. Mitchell Wilson

USA Rugby Boys High School All-Americans | Reserves
16. Connor Cudeback (@ 60')
17. Suwaiter Poch
18. Derise Fuga (@ 60')
19. Liam Jimmons (@ 58')
20. Reed Heynen (@ 40')
21. Junior Helu (@ 56')
22. Alex Walsh
23. D'arman Notoa

USA Rugby Boys High School All-Americans | 9
Penalties: Cima (3)

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  • Guest (Guest)

    I watched a lot of these kids play at 3 of the RAST tournaments and they were not impressive. Current selection system, process and staff needs to be replaced. Total overhaul. Same thing each year. No direction, no vision, no communication, no growth. Staff needs replacement most of all. Sad.