For Immediate Release
July 13, 2011
TWO DOWN, ONE TO GO: ALL-AMERICANS EYE SWEEP OF NZ UNIVERSITIES
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Despite being down at halftime against a very athletic New Zealand Universities team in Santa Barbara, Calif., the USA Men’s Collegiate All-Americans opened fire on the touring side in the second and finished the game with a 21-11 win on Wednesday night.
Davenport University standout JP Eloff drew first blood inside 10 minutes slotting a drop goal straight in front of the sticks to put the All-Americans up 3-0. Although the All-Americans had most of the possession in the first half and pieced together some impressive moves, the New Zealand Universities played physical defense and kept the hosts out of the try zone for the rest of the half. The visitors tallied two penalties to bring the score to 3-6 in favor of the Kiwis.
The All-Americans came out at halftime with fire in their bellies and put the New Zealand Universities under pressure straight from the kickoff.
It was Peter Tiberio (University of Arizona) that gave the All-Americans their first lead of the game following an Eloff penalty. Tiberio sniffed out an interception, picked a good angle and gassed through the scrambling defenders for a five-pointer. He always looked dangerous and exhibited remarkable skill on and off the ball.
The All-Americans wouldn’t relinquish their lead for the remainder of the game. Chris Saint scored a classic scrumhalf try, throwing a dummy pass left and scooting through the shifting big boys on the blindside of a ruck.
The New Zealand Universities kept it interesting and scored with seven minutes left to bring the scores to 21-11, but the All-American defensive realignment and their great work at the breakdown helped them close it out.
Chris Saint (Penn State), Garrett Lambert (Life University) and Duncan Kelm (San Diego State) played exceptionally well, but like the series opener, a cohesive team effort is what gave the All-Americans their second consecutive win.
All-Americans Head Coach, Alex Magleby, noted that the attack wasn’t quite as lethal as it was in the series opener last Saturday, but it worked well enough to notch a ‘w.’
“Our attack didn’t have the shape that it did last Saturday, and that’s something we can work on before we play our next game,” said Magleby.
The coach credits defensive pressure, toughness and precision at the breakdown as well as the character of his players to with the win.
“Intellectually we knew what was going to happen, but emotionally we had to get ready for that. I’m really proud of the way the boys played today. It wasn’t pretty, but we got the job done and we really have to give credit to the team for the way they worked through ,” the All-Americans coach said.
Men’s Collegiate All-Americans
15 Peter Tiberio (University of Arizona)
14 Kyle Grossheider (Life University)
13 Duncan Kelm (San Diego State)
12 Gareth Jones (Temple University)
11 Dustin Muhn (University of California – Berkeley)
10 JP Eloff (Davenport University)
9 Chris Saint (Penn State)
1 Matt Crawford (St. Mary’s College of California)
2 Andrew Cooke (St. Mary’s College of California)
3 Ray Forrester (BYU)
4 Mark Bonham (BYU)
5 Nick Civetta (Notre Dame)
6 Cam Dolan (Life University)
7 Garrett Lambert (Life University)
8 Derek Asbun (University of California – Berkeley)
16 Nick Mostyn (University of Utah)
17 Mike Su’a (BYU)
18 Fenoglio, Zach (Loyola Marymount)
19 James Besser (University of California – Berkeley)
20 Chris Parker (Texas A&M)
21 Nate Brakeley (Dartmouth)
22 Dave Martini (University of California – Los Angeles)
23 Jordan Badia-Bellinger (Claremont McKenna)
24 Pat Sullivan (Arkansas State)
25 Benji Goff (University of Tennessee)
Tries: Tiberio, Saint
Drop Goals: Eloff
Penalties: Eloff (2)
New Zealand Universities
Penalties: Michael Nielsen (2)
2011 MEN’S COLLEGIATE ALL-AMERICANS v. NEW ZEALAND UNIVERSITIES SUMMER TOUR
July 9: Little Q (Old Mission Bay Athletic Club) | 3 p.m.
July 13: Harder Stadium (UC- Santa Barbara) | 6:30 p.m.
July 16: Steuber Rugby Stadium (Stanford University) | 1 p.m.