Third-place finish in sights for AIG MJAAs at IRB JWRT

Third-place finish in sights for AIG MJAAs at IRB JWRT

HONG KONG, China – The USA Rugby AIG Men’s Junior All-Americans will finish their IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy 2014 campaign Saturday, April 19, against Uruguay in the under-20 tournament’s Third-Place Match at Hong Kong Football Club Ground.

The MJAAs missed out on the Final by one standings point after the 28-22 loss to Tonga Tuesday. Level on 10 points atop Pool A, Tonga advanced to Saturday’s Final against Japan by virtue of the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Until the match against Tonga, Billy Millard’s team was unbeaten with wins against Hong Kong and Georgia in Hong Kong. Uruguay, with wins against Japan and Namibia and a draw against Canada, is the only team in the tournament without a loss.

Starting flyhalf Ben Cima will look to get some distance between himself and Georgia’s Revaz Jinchvelashvili at the top of the points-scored standings. Cima and Jinchvelashvili lead the tournament with 37 points, while Namibia’s Chris Arries is third with 36 points scored. The All-American and Georgian also lead the tournament with nine penalties each.

The MJAAs will not have the opportunity to advance to next year’s IRB Junior World Championship, a tournament from which the team was relegated last season, with a third-place finish. Kickoff for the Third-Place Match is set for 5:00 A.M. ET. Follow @irbjuniors and @HKRFU on Twitter for updates from Hong Kong Football Club Ground.

USA Rugby AIG Men's Junior All-Americans | v Uruguay
1. Titi Lamositele
2. Codi Jones
3. Benjamin Tarr
4. Max Robertson
5. Oliver Drew (C)
6. Christian Weissing
7. Ben Pinkelman
8. Peter Malcolm
9. Erik Thompson
10. Ben Cima
11. Seth Halliman
12. Gabe Farley
13. Nemia Qoro
14. Scott Dean
15. Niall Barry

USA Rugby AIG Men's Junior All-Americans | Reserves
16. Marshall Godfrey
17. Val Lee-Lo
18. Zach Bonte
19. Vili Toluta'u
20. Mike Reid
21. David Todd
22. Connor Wallace-Sims

Uruguay | Roster
1. Facundo Gattas
2. Claudio Pena
3. Luis Leites
4. Gonzalo Soto
5. Ignacio Dotti
6. Emiliano Correa
7. Phil Johnson
8. Tomas Grundwalt
9. Baltasar Brum
10. Manuel Blengio
11. Andres Banchieri
12. Rodrigo Bocking
13. Pedro Deal
14. Santiago Carrasco
15. Matias Pla (C)

Uruguay | Reserves
16. German Kessler
17. Rafael Mones
18. Diego Larrauri
19. Diego Arbelo
20. Manuel Castro
21. Diego Ardao
22. Facundo Klappenbach

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